Bernadette Darcy from the Mayo University Hospital has recently been awarded the WaterWipes Pure Foundation Fund, which acknowledges excellence in midwifery and nursing, recognising the incredible work of midwives and those nurses involved in the pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey.
Bernadette was selected by a panel of representatives from WaterWipes, the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO ) and Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA ).
Darcy, a midwife at Mayo University Hospital, was nominated by first time mum Michelle Filan, for her support and caring nature during a very traumatic time.
Things took a dramatic turn after Michelle gave birth, when she suffered an aneurysm leading to serious memory loss, with no recollection of having her baby.
Bernadette provided exceptional care to Michelle in aiding her recovery. "Words can’t express how thankful we are to Bernadette during this worrying time," said Michelle. "My Guardian Angel, Bernie, cared for me and my son Coby with dignity and respect."
Overwhelmed by the award, Bernadette said: "I love my job, it is extremely rewarding and fulfilling. I'm also fortunate to work alongside an amazing team.
"Our patients are at the forefront of everything we do, so to be nominated for this award by a new mother that I cared for, means so much to me. Thank you so much to the WaterWipes Pure Foundation Fund – this prize will go a long way in benefiting our department and the work that we do."