Last month I took part in the product testing stages of the Maternity and Infant Awards in the DoubleTree by Hilton. So when I went along to the awards itself on Friday I was very eager to see how some of the finalists would get on.

TV3’s Sybil Mulcahy and Martin King presented 37 product awards and 15 people awards over four hours to very deserving women, men and children. All guests were served a scrumptious to die for, four course meal, free wine and a very entertaining afternoon.

One of the first awards presented was Midwife of the Year, and guess what, it was my midwife, and my nomination.

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I submitted a nomination for midwife Catherine Manning from The Coombe, Medical Clinic. Catherine looked after me throughout the duration of my pregnancy and stay on my second child, Frankie. My pregnancy was considered high risk due to a condition called thrombocytopenia, my platelet levels dropped meaning there was a high probability of hemorrhaging during pregnancy and labour.

Catherine guided me throughout my whole pregnancy, ensuring I was not stressed about anything. She always asked how I was both feeling both physically and mentally, she genuinely cared for my well being. Catherine was compassionate, attentive, devoted and very supportive. She went above and beyond to care for me, sometimes visiting my bedside after hours. I could not think of anyone more deserving of this award.

I bumped into Aoife from Gripper Soles and Mika from MikaB Teething Jewellery.

There was some outright winners and some that took me by complete surprise on the day. Maternity and Infant pride their awards on products that are chosen by parents for parents. I’ve listed some of my favourite products and service winners below.

The Best Baby Food Award went to Organix for their apple rice cakes. I’m already a huge fan of Organix, they have a great range of products, Frankie loves the strawberry flavoured rice cakes.

There was no surprise when Aldi were awarded Best Nappy for their mamia new-born nappies. I’m currently using them, the price, quality and absorption is outstanding. Aldi also won the Best Baby Wipes Award for their mamia sensitive wipes.

Supervalu won Best Family Brand and Best Family Supermarket whilst Mothercare won Best Baby Store and the Grand Prix Award. Baby Elegance the headline sponsors won Best Travel System for the second year running with there Beep and Twist travel system and they won Best Cot for their Holly Cot and Mattress. We bought Frankie the Holly Cot a few months back and I love it.

Best Family Day Out went to Imaginosity, an educational, child-centred creative play museum. Kayla loves this place, even though we haven’t been in a while, she’s still always blabbing on about it.

I’m currently reviewing a pair of Shoobees and they won Best Children’s Shoes. Waterbabies won Best Mother and Baby Activity while Maxi Cosi won the Car Seat award.

There were so many awards presented to some tremendous companies and small businesses throughout the day, aswell as some very deserving people awards.

Check out who else won at the Maternity and Infant Awards HERE!

Overall I had a brilliant day, met some lovely people and got the goodie bag of all goodie bags, I’m looking forward to working my way through all these treats.

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