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# Maternity Care

Last year
2022
# Maternity Care
Explainer: Where 'clinically appropriate' stands as Government green lights NMH deal
The term has been defined in the government’s decision but not the legal documents of the agreement.
Voices
Consultant obstetrician: Women of Ireland deserve modern maternity care - we're listening to them
Professor Mary Higgins of the National Maternity Hospital says the health of Irish women is driving need for a new campus.
Voices
Historian: Our distrust of religious institutions with healthcare is rooted in the past
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley says Ireland’s history illustrates that the healthcare of women often came second to a Catholic moral code.
# Pregnancy
Campaigners to raise gaps in partners' access at maternity hospitals in meeting with HSE
Linda Kelly of Better Maternity Care says limits on partners’ access during maternity care ‘cannot continue’ as Covid restrictions lift.
All time
# Covid-19
Health authorities accused of poor communication as more than half of pregnant women forgo vaccine
Figures show that 92% of pregnant women in intensive care with Covid-19 were not vaccinated.
92% of pregnant women in intensive care with Covid-19 are not vaccinated.
Vaccination rates have remained lower than expected, at between 25-40%.
Midwives say the HSE has given them very little instruction on how to handle vaccine-hesitant women, writes Céimin Burke.
Tickets for late events and nightclubs must be booked an hour in advance under proposed rules
20 pregnant and postpartum women admitted to ICU with Covid since June, obstetrician says
Voices
Opinion: Maternity restrictions forced me to labour in the car park this week
Breege O’Connor tells how she spent her late stages of labour in the car park of the maternity hospital due to Covid restrictions preventing her husband from joining her.
Voices
Opinion: If breast is best - then why are Ireland's breastfeeding rates so low?
Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Geraghty-Smith says the legislation around marketing of follow on milk should be addressed again and more support should be given to new mothers.
# Maternity Care
'Huge disappointment' about new draft maternity restriction guidance, advocates say
Campaigners have criticised differing guidance for private rooms and those with multiple beds.
Voices
Opinion: Excluding partners from maternity care is no longer excusable - there is a better way
Linda Kelly says a clear roadmap for maternity services that includes partners needs to be introduced.
# maternity restrictions
Maternity care: 'Inconsistencies' in updated hospital guidelines 'distressing'
New national guidance on the easing of restrictions at maternity hospitals allows partners to attend 12-week scans.
Voices
Opinion: Maternity hospitals have no excuses left - they must lift restrictions
Natalie Britton says women are being ignored when it comes to the lifting of the restrictions on partners during maternity care.
# Dublin
Pregnant woman couldn't avail of maternity care because she was registered as a man by the State
The woman is due her 12-week scan in two weeks for what is her first pregnancy.
# Maternity Care
Hospitals told to allow wider access to maternity partners during pregnancy care
The HSE is altering the visiting policy for partners during maternity care.
# Maternity Care
National Maternity Hospital: Government has 'problems' with project on land transferred from Sisters of Charity
The Tánaiste has said there are “problems, quite frankly, in going forward with this project”.
# holles st
Fianna Fáil senator says Donnelly needs to provide clarity on maternity restrictions as protest takes place
Senator Lisa Chambers has called for clarity from the HSE on restrictions still in place in some hospitals.
Voices
Opinion: Pregnant women in Ireland are left to cope alone in the shadows
We need to better prioritise the care of pregnant women during Covid, writes Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Geraghty-Smith.
Voices
Opinion: Our baby would not live, so we had to travel to London. Our hearts are broken
One father details the life-changing news he and his wife received in their 20-week scan, resulting in a trip to London and saying goodbye to Riley, their son.
# Babies
Baby joy of 2021 as the first newborns of the year arrive
Several babies arrived just after midnight, the first at Holles St in Dublin, to a mum diagnosed with Covid-19.
Voices
Opinion: If there’s a will, there’s a way: provision of maternity leave for TDs is not insurmountable
Professor Sarah Childs from the University of London and Dr Fiona Buckley of UCC say we should look to the UK changes for MPs and maternity leave and get on with necessary reform here.
# Inquest
Mother says pleas for help 'brushed away' at inquest into baby's death
Brenda and Michael Ryan said they welcomed new guidelines introduced following the death of their son.
# anomaly scans
'It's a postcode lottery': Anomaly scans not available to pregnant women across Ireland
A number of elements of maternity care are not available to all mothers because they are not offered in their local maternity unit.
# discharge summary
Mullingar hospital apologises to new mother after a 'series of errors'
After suffering from bleeding and ongoing pain, the woman was not contacted by the hospital and eventually had to go to A&E.
# National Maternity Hospital
'It was clear that public opinion influenced the Sisters of Charity's decision'
But who now owns the National Maternity Hospital? The government still needs to clarify its position.
# St Vincent's
Holles Street board re-endorses deal to move maternity hospital
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris said the compulsory purchase of the site is ‘not the solution’.
# St Luke's Hospital
Investigation launched after mother dies shortly after giving birth
Tracey Fitzpatrick died after giving birth to her third child.
Voices
'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.
# Newborns
Coombe to oversee maternity services at Portlaoise Hospital following deaths
The new agreement is the first of its kind in Ireland.
# Maternity Care
Six of seven maternity units have "deficits" in tests rolled out after Savita death
The I-MEWS system was established in the wake of the death of Savita Halappanavar.
Voices
Opinion: Aside from the abortion question, Ms Y highlights serious flaws in Irish maternity care
Remove abortion from the picture and we are still left with the highly troubling instance of a young, vulnerable women left traumatised by her encounter with the health service.
# Watchdog
These are the experts who will investigate baby deaths at Portlaoise Hospital
HIQA will carry out a review of the quality of service provided at the hospital.
# perinatal
Study highlights lack of training for doctors in supporting parents after stillbirth
Many described the experience as one of the most difficult parts of their job.
# rte investigation
Calls for an independent inquiry into maternity care at Portlaoise hospital
Patient Focus is calling on the Minister for Health and Children to consider as a matter of urgency the need for a wider review of other maternity units also.
# aims ireland
'No standardised maternity care' in Ireland as C-section rates vary by 20 per cent
Figures published today by the HSE show rates in Ireland exceed World Health Organisation recommendations.
# savita
Tania McCabe’s family shocked that HSE still behind on sepsis testing
Tania McCabe’s father-in-law told TheJournal.ie that he wants a routine test for sepsis introduced in Irish hospitals.
# savita
'An appalling indictment of State failure': Consultant calls for more maternity staff
National Maternity Hospital clinical director, Dr Peter Boylan, has raised concerns about the level of staffing in maternity care in response to the third report into the death of Savita Halappanavar published yesterday.