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# childbirth - Tuesday 6 August, 2019

'Nothing can actually prepare you': 8 mums share how they dealt with their fears about giving birth

From pre-natal yoga to positive thinking, there are lots of different approaches. Here, some veterans share what worked for them.

# childbirth - Thursday 11 April, 2019

HSE apologises to women callers to Joe Duffy's Liveline who shared their traumatic childbirth experiences

Over the last fortnight, many women have taken to the national airwaves to share their stories of childbirth.

# childbirth - Thursday 7 February, 2019

New study seeks first-time mothers in Ireland who experienced trauma during childbirth

The study will explore the impact of a traumatic birth on a mother’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.

# childbirth - Wednesday 21 February, 2018

From The42 'I almost died after giving birth to my daughter' Scare

'I almost died after giving birth to my daughter'

Serena Williams has opened up about a recent life-threatening experience.

# childbirth - Wednesday 24 January, 2018

'Incontinence, groin pain, I find it hard to walk and physical relations with my husband are impossible'

Niamh had a vaginal mesh operation 10 years ago and says even though she is only 58, she now feels like she is 90.

# childbirth - Friday 17 November, 2017

'Until you have a premature baby, you don't know what you're up against'

Today is World Prematurity Day.

# childbirth - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

9 things I wish I'd known about breastfeeding

Turns out the things I’d learned from TV sitcoms weren’t true, writes Chrissie Russell.

# childbirth - Sunday 5 February, 2017

'I was tested to the limit': How hypnobirthing is helping women during labour

“Some people think it’s new age, hippy dippy. It’s anything other than that. It’s very practical, down to earth.”

# childbirth - Thursday 24 November, 2016

Updated: Minister's relief as 'vital' new National Maternity Hospital gets the go-ahead

There had been a row over who would govern the new €150 million development.

# childbirth - Saturday 23 April, 2016

Three babies delivered by ambulance crews last night

Mothers and babies are all doing well.

# childbirth - Thursday 17 March, 2016

One third of women have their baby by caesarean section

A new report into maternity services says there are a number of reasons.

# childbirth - Saturday 6 February, 2016

'I used a razor blade and often cut ten girls a day'

There are over 140 million girls and woman across the world with cut genitals and this dangerous and painful practice continues today.

# childbirth - Thursday 22 October, 2015

Construction site to delivery room: How I became one of Ireland's few male midwives

Dan Oakes worked as a project manager building skyscrapers. But when the bust came along, he decided to retrain as a midwife.

# childbirth - Friday 21 August, 2015

This woman's way of alleviating labour pains has gone viral

To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right.

# childbirth - Monday 3 August, 2015

This baby girl was delivered by Dublin firefighters this morning

Baby Eva’s parents will have a good story to tell her when she’s older.

# childbirth - Wednesday 22 July, 2015

Family of girl who suffered cerebral palsy at birth: 'Hospital apology is utterly meaningless'

The High Court approved a €1.9 million settlement today.

# childbirth - Thursday 25 June, 2015

This mum's body is inspiring women everywhere (but not why you think)

Take a moment to read her story.

# childbirth - Tuesday 9 June, 2015

'My last hours with Sally were taken away from me'

Sean Rowlette has spoken of how he and his children have come to terms with his wife’s death during childbirth in 2013.

# childbirth - Sunday 24 May, 2015

'Ireland's maternity units are facing chronic and dangerous understaffing'

Maternity staff are being asked to deal with far, far more births than they can safely handle in hospitals up and down the country.

# childbirth - Monday 19 January, 2015

Doctor accused of female genital mutilation of woman after childbirth

The woman initially underwent FGM in Somalia at the age of six. Her stitches tore during childbirth.

# childbirth - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Opinion: Postnatal depression filled me with an all-consuming, terrifying and explosive rage

When you think of ‘depression’, feelings of sadness and anxiety might come to mind – but anger is powerful (often overlooked) emotion.

# childbirth - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

When governments cut health spending, more women die in childbirth

Though the presence of a skilled childbirth specialist can help.

# childbirth - Thursday 6 November, 2014

'I was just 27 and I was butchered': Symphysiotomy survivors in their own words

The government has announced a redress scheme today. Here are the victims’ stories.

Symphysiotomy compensation scheme announced - but how many survivors will apply?

That’s according to a survivors group SOS, which describes its time limits as “draconian”.

# childbirth - Saturday 25 October, 2014

Opinion: The 'frozen eggs' debate is really a societal issue – don't vilify corporations over it

Nowadays it’s seen as quite normal to have kids in your late 30s… but many women still want to start a family earlier.

# childbirth - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Opinion: What happens when a pregnant woman or nursing mother gets sent to jail?

The question of women who are pregnant or parenting in prison is a complex one – and their number is rising.

# childbirth - Saturday 4 October, 2014

Woman who received controversial womb transplant gives birth to baby boy

The procedure was somewhat controversial because the womb was taken from a live donor.

# childbirth - Friday 26 September, 2014

"Time of the essence" in symphysiotomy redress as three survivors die

The three deaths have occurred since the scheme was announced in July.

# childbirth - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

From The Daily Edge "It's like watching Alien": Men watch a baby being born for the first time 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.

# childbirth - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Backpacker charged with concealing birth of her baby is allowed to come back to Ireland

The 25-year-old had her passport returned to her today but she must go back to Australia for a hearing in October.

# childbirth - Thursday 24 July, 2014

UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy

The human rights committee also said that those who carried out the procedures without consent should be prosecuted, where possible.

# childbirth - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Symphysiotomy couple want to find their child's burial place

There will be no closure with money – only with finding out where their child’s remains are.

# childbirth - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

€34 million redress scheme for Irish women whose pelvises were broken during childbirth

The Government has said that the payments will be ex-gratia – in other words, no blame admitted.

# childbirth - Wednesday 21 May, 2014

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.

# childbirth - Saturday 10 May, 2014

'I got a feeling looking at my new baby that he'd be better off without me'

42,000 women in Ireland are diagnosed each year with a mental health illness and emotional trauma surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.

# childbirth - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

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.

# childbirth - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

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 - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

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.

# childbirth - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Symphysiotomy victims tell the UN about cruel and barbaric childbirth operations

The survivors have brought their search for justice to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

# childbirth - Monday 3 March, 2014

Column: Attempts to silence survivors of symphysiotomy must be fought

Reliance on ex gratia redress schemes should be read against a backdrop of Government reluctance to allow these victims – and others like them – to speak on their own terms about the recent past, writes Máiréad Enright.

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