Latest Laois News: Laois Midwife wins trophy for ‘beyond incredible’ patient care

Latest Laois News: Laois Midwife wins trophy for ‘beyond incredible’ patient care

Laois midwife Claire Fitzpatrick awarded WaterWipes® Pure Foundation Fund for ‘beyond incredible’ patient care and €2,500 for Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

WaterWipes®, the world’s purest baby wipes have honoured an exceptional midwife in Portlaoise with the prestigious Pure Foundation Fund trophy and a monetary prize of €2,500 towards the Clinical Midwife & Specialist Lactation Maternity department at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

The Pure Foundation Fund, which launched in 2020, celebrates the achievements of neonatal nurses and midwives working with parents and babies in maternity, neonatal and community care and this year recognised the efforts of three outstanding women in the UK including local Claire Fitzpatrick.

Claire FitzpatrickClinical Midwife & Specialist in Lactation at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise enhanced the experience for women and their babies supporting with breastfeeding mothers during the various lockdowns.

Laois Midwife Claire Fitzpatrick wins trophy for ‘beyond incredible’ patient care

She maintained her support of expectant mothers with online classes and even went above and beyond the call of duty by using her spare time to help with Ireland’s vaccination programme against Covid-19. The Pure Foundation Fund will go towards improving the facilities at the Midland Regional Hospital Lactation Room in order to make it more comfortable as well as aiding with the education of staff at the hospital.

Claire said of her win: “I feel very proud to have been nominated. I love my job and feel so privileged to be in a position where I can be of support to women and babies when they start out on their breast-feeding journey. It’s been a stressful year and challenging in many ways, but this has been an amazing boost.”

WaterWipes® encouraged both neonatal nurses and midwives, and expectant and new parents to nominate individuals, specifically involved in neonatal, maternity and community care, who had gone above and beyond to make a difference to the lives of parents and babies. With a significant number of entries, showing the breadth of fantastic healthcare workers in Ireland and the three winners were chosen by a panel including Ailbhe O’Briain, WaterWipes® HCP Marketing Manager UK & Ireland, INMO, and Mandy Daly, Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA).

Ailbhe O’Briain, WaterWipes® HCP Marketing Manager UK & Ireland said; “We were delighted to launch the second Pure Foundation Fund in 2021, to celebrate the dedication of our healthcare heroes who have provided beyond incredible care for expectant or new parents and their babies – and we were thrilled to see such fantastic and remarkable entries. Stories of those nominated included devoted nurses, midwives and public health nurses, who supported parents throughout the pandemic including Claire Fitzpatrick, helping with difficult births, homebirths, and upping the ante to take care of unwell babies and struggling parents during a particularly difficult year for the world.”

The other two Pure Foundation Fund winners in the UK were Anne Buckley from Cork University Hospital and Pauline O’Connor from Claremorris Primary Care Centre.

To find out more about the Pure Foundation Fund please visit