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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Babies

All time
# New Arrivals
Baby boom at Dublin Zoo boosts record breaking visitor numbers
Today the zoo welcomed its one millionth visitor this year.
# oh baby
Facebook and Apple pay for female workers to freeze their eggs
A report today said the two companies are doing this so women working for them can delay childbearing which could hamper their careers.
Opinion: Is it worse for your child to bite, or be bitten?
It now seems ‘the first bite’ has been added to the long list of modern-day childhood milestones.
# call the midwife
Irish people watch a baby being born for the first time, and react predictably
# Mumpreneur
Don't believe everything your family says: babywear entrepreneur
But you should ask everyone you can for advice, Happynest founder says.
# dotey
This video of a baby hearing for the first time will give you all the feels
# booster
Good news for babies: The BCG vaccine shortage is over
The HSE has said in June that it has problems with its supplier.
A bunch of babies discover mirrors for the first time, cuteness ensues
Who’s the fairest baby of them all?
# tipping the scales
The '100 millionth' Filipino baby was born this morning
The little girl’s birth highlights the challenge of providing for the growing population of people in the country who are already living in poverty.
# Investigation
Number of maternity homes a difficulty for mother and baby inquiry
The Commission have been asked to include a wide range of institutions within their scope of their inquiry.
# mother and baby home
Almost 500 unclaimed infant bodies were sent to anatomy departments from 1940-65
The handing over of infant remains was legal under the Anatomy Act 1832 so as to provide “legal cadavers” for medical research.
# sophie
Grieving father puts out tear-jerking photo request, internet delivers
Crushing and heartwarming, all at once.
# New Arrivals
It's Friday so here are some adorable meerkat pups at Dublin Zoo
These furry little babies were born in May but their parents kept them hidden away for the first few weeks.
# Stem Cells
93% of Irish mothers want hospitals to store their umbilical cord blood
The blood is rich in stem cells that have been used in the treatment of many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.
# Maternity services
Taoiseach says Ireland is 'one of the safest places on the planet' to have a baby
Enda Kenny was speaking in the Dáil today about the national review of maternity services which he said will help maintain our reputation as a good place to have a baby.
# Maternal Deaths
300,000 die during pregnancy each year and midwives are key to reduction
This is according to a new series published by academics today which points to the many benefits of effective and high-quality midwifery for women and their babies.
# state files
Here's a list of maternity homes in Ireland in 1947
Under the Maternity Homes Act 1934 every local authority in Ireland had to register the maternity homes in the county with the Department of Health.
HSE confirms shortage in BCG vaccines due to supplier problem
It is anticipated that the vaccine will be available in mid to late July but it will continue to be offered to newborns and those at greatest risk.
# nice to see you
Father's Day: Watch this heart-melting compilation of babies welcoming their dads home
This. This is too much.
# Inquiry
State files removed from National Archive following mother and baby home revelations
Over 40 other state documents recalled by the Department of Health have yet to be returned.
# Babies
Adoption Rights Alliance cautiously welcomes inquiry into mother and baby homes
The group also want assurances new legislation regarding adoption information and tracing be considered.
# Reaction
'Time to shed light on another dark period': Broad welcome for mother-and-baby investigation
Campaign groups have broadly welcomed this afternoon’s developments. There was also an observation that the matter “could have been dealt with decades ago”.
# Injections
Ten mother and baby homes carried out vaccine trials on almost 300 children - report
It is believed the trials took place between 1960 to 1976.
# 800 babies
Tusla given "sensitive, personal" records from three mother-and-baby homes
The information relates to the Tuam home, Bessborough in Cork, and St Patrick’s on the Navan Road in Dublin.
# Britain
Contaminated food linked to death of baby and poisoning of 14 others
The babies – many of them premature – are currently being treated in hospitals across the country.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about the Labour Party, the bodies of 800 babies in Tuam and a review of the Justice Department.
# Baby Names
Jack and Emily remain top dogs but celebrity babies make their mark
Dia dhuit is mise…
# Unmarried Mothers
'It's time to do something' - The forgotten mass grave of 800 babies in Galway
A campaign is now under way to construct a memorial.
# take care
Mothers more likely to suffer depression four years after childbirth
Though little research has been done in Ireland on postpartum depression past the 12 month mark, one expert said increased resourcing for public health nurses is key to tackling the problem.
# Newborn
5.5 million babies are born and die each year without being recorded
One in three newborns do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday and researchers say this reflects the world’s acceptance that these deaths are inevitable.
# too much cute
Can you make it through this post without saying "AWWW"?
You won’t be able to resist the charms of the cutest animals on the internet. We’re telling you.
# recurring theme
In honour of Simon Zebo, here are 13 fantastic pics of Irish sports stars posing with babies
Happy Bank Holiday Monday!
# oh baby baby
Parents let the internet choose their baby's name - and it's actually lovely
It’s not Trollface Doge, thankfully.
# zoey and jasper
This baby and his dog are the most fashionable pair on the internet
And the most adorable pair, too.
# megan huntsman
US woman admits to killing six of her newborn babies and hiding them in her garage
Police say they believe that Megan Huntsman killed the children between 1996 and 2006.
# Your Say
Poll: Should sperm, egg and embryo donors be paid expenses?
A new bill will allow for payments to surrogate mothers but doctors have said these donors should also be paid expenses. What do you think?
# Childbirth
Interventions for first-time mothers "worryingly high" in Irish hospitals
The data was released by the HSE to AIMS Ireland, which said it has queries about the accuracy of the figures.
# world of celebs
Elmo from Love/Hate is a daddy again... It's the Dredge
CUTE. All that and the rest of the day’s celebrity filth, in here.
# Queensland
Australian police searching for 'multiple babies' in secret graves at rural home
Police say that there is only one family involved in the case, in the rural town of Gin Gin.
# Baby deaths
HSE replaces management at Portlaoise hospital in response to baby deaths
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said today that a staffing deficit in the hospital’s maternity unit means employees are facing double the workload.