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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Birth

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# One Child Policy
A lot of Chinese couples don't want a second child after all
The government relaxed its strict ‘one child’ policy last year, but fewer couples took advantage of it than expected.
# birth in reverse
"It's like watching Alien": Men watch a baby being born for the first time
Their reactions are exactly what you’d expect.
# Immigration
One in four children in Ireland are born to a non-Irish mother
A new study by Trinity College Dublin has also found that migrant parents face a greater risk of poverty.
# 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.
# Stillbirth
Urgent need for bereavement training for chaplains in maternity hospitals
The UCC report states the care provided to families following the death of a baby influences their grief journey and plays a key part in their overall recovery.
# oh baby
Woman gives birth outside Primark store in Birmingham
The baby girl was born to cheers from onlookers.
# Baby Names
Jack and Emily remain top dogs but celebrity babies make their mark
Dia dhuit is mise…
# Limerick
The Quadfather - Limerick couple welcome quadruplets after four years trying
The father received a garda escort from Limerick to Dublin to make it on time.
# Intensive care
A tiny baby weighing less than a pound was born this week
Decklan Maize was born four months premature to a Californian couple.
Opinion: Giving birth at home – a piece of cake?
The more I learned about home birth, and the more answers I got to my questions and concerns, the more certain I became that this was the right choice for me.
Column: I carried my baby to term, knowing when he was born I would have to bury him
I noticed the consultant becoming quieter and more serious. ‘Have you ever heard of anencephaly?’ he said.
# Prime Numbers
Monorail, al-Qaeda, and Easter eggs: The week in numbers
Plus: How many Easter eggs are people planning to give tomorrow?
# Mother and Baby
Stark differences between childbirth procedures in public and private hospitals
Women in private hospitals are far more likely to choose to have a caesarean delivery.
# 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.
Column: The day I had to prove I was Irish – and failed
Both my parents are Irish, I live in Ireland and I hold an Irish passport. But that wasn’t enough when I was called interview for America’s coveted ‘greencard lottery’, writes Stephen Collins.
# pavement
Irish dad describes shock after wife gives birth on pedestrian crossing
She was trying to hail a taxi in New York at the time.
# hello world
Pics: Meet Leona, the last baby born in Mount Carmel Private Hospital
Leona Lambe was born to parents Martina and Thomas at the hospital last Friday.
# baby internet
This man has asked the internet to name his baby girl
“Meet our darling baby girl, Trollface Doge.”
# Smoking
Government to consider free nicotine patches for pregnant women
Minister of State Alex White told the Dáil yesterday that it is estimated that between 18 per cent and 21 per cent of Irish women smoke during pregnancy.
# Pollution
Exposure to air pollution increases risk of having low birthweight baby
A new study has found this risk is present even at levels of pollution well below EU air-quality guidelines.
Column: Our medical culture denies women a say on how, and where, they give birth
The only barrier to Aja Teehan being given the ultimate choice in the birth of her baby lies within a culture that places enormous emphasis on liability cover and risk, writes Barbara Western.
# Home Birth
Despite refusal, home birth case a "worthwhile fight"
Aja Teehan heard today that her application for a HSE decision on her home birth to be overturned had been refused.
# Sweden
Newborn baby survives crash after car birth
The baby’s father lost control of the car after he saw his wife give birth to the baby in the passenger seat.
# Legislation
New bill will crack down on 'sham' marriages
The bill will allow registrars not to issue marriage registration forms if they believe that a proposed marriage is one of convenience.
# China
Chinese mother throws newborn from building
The baby fell to the ground where it was then run over by a car.
Column: Every miscarriage is a loss, and I still think of my children that never got here
Each of my miscarriages were different experiences, but they’ve all had a lasting affect on my life, writes an anonymous contributor.
# Birth
Younger mothers at higher risk of premature birth
A study of Irish women over a 12-year period also showed that older mothers are more likely to have a caesarean section.
# Childbirth
1 in 3 Irish women affected by pelvic floor dysfunction
The rise in the number of Irish women having Caesarean sections is not a result of women being “too posh to push” – there’s a hidden story that also impacts women’s choices around childbirth: pelvic floor dysfunction.
# sitdown sunday
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# caesarian
Babies born by Caesarian more susceptible to developing allergies
Researchers said they believe exposure to bacteria in the birth canal is a major influencer on a baby’s immune system.
# What a Woman
BOD and Hubes just had a baby girl. The world reacts.
‘Little Huberbod’ is our favourite nickname so far.
# Pregnancy
Robotic surgery helps Cork mother in second successful birth
The complex procedure performed before pregnancy helps women who have a weak cervix to carry to full term.
# Bishops
Bishops: Treatment that might put foetus at risk "ethically permissible"
They said this was the case with a seriously ill pregnant woman “provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby”.
# New Arrivals
Birth rate falls, but Irish women remain Europe's most fertile
The average Irish woman will have 2.06 children in her childbearing years – more than anyone else in the European Union.
Column: 11 things nobody tells you about giving birth
Some things you can learn from books, writes mother of three Deborah McCarthy – but not these.
New DNA techniques could help prevent genetic diseases
Mitochondrial replacement techniques – which involve two parents and donor DNA – are the focus of a public consultation in the UK.
# Fertility
Frozen - over fresh - embryos may improve IVF success
Senior clinical embryologist at Beacon Court in Dublin welcomes the new research stating embryo freezing and waiting for a better conditioned womb linings may be the way forward.
# Babies
Definition of 'premature' should be reconsidered - report
Researchers have found that full-term infants who spend longer in the womb do better at school later in life.
Column: I had a home birth – and all mums should have the same option
Why shouldn’t women have the choice of giving birth at home? The belief that all mothers need to be in hospital is an urban myth, writes Eva-Louise Goussot.
# bringing up baby
More than a quarter of births in Ireland are to women aged 35 and over
The major ESRI report on births found also found that one third of all births were to single mothers.