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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Maternity

All time
# redress scheme
Over 70,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital
The Department of Health has insisted the new hospital will be independently run.
# christmas gift
Busy Coombe Hospital welcomes seven babies to the world on Christmas Day
Little Sean Kelly-Murray was the first to arrive.
# not fit for purpose
Inspection finds operating department at Coombe maternity hospital not fit for purpose
The operating theatres, staff facilities and the storage of sterile supplies were all criticised.
# Baghdad
At least 12 newborn babies killed in fire at maternity hospital in Iraq
Electrical fires are common in the Iraqi capital and elsewhere across the country because of shoddy maintenance and poor wiring.
# Childbirth
One third of women have their baby by caesarean section
A new report into maternity services says there are a number of reasons.
# Maternal Health
Weight gain between pregnancies linked to increased risk of stillbirth and infant death
Babies of mothers who gain more than 11kg between pregnancies have about a 50% greater risk of their baby dying in the first four weeks of life.
Consultant turned tap and pregnant woman told, 'That’s the volume of blood that will gush out of you'
Dil Wickremasinghe writes about how she was treated by doctors when she opted for a home birth.
12 things I wish someone had told me before having kids
You can live without sleep, but you cannot live without coffee, writes Claire Micks.
# Musical Chairs
Dublin's three maternity hospitals are being moved to pastures new
Planning permission for three new sites at major adult teaching hospitals will be submitted in the next 18 months.
Why are A LOT more twins and triplets being born in Ireland?
There has been a 36% increase in the number of twins born in Ireland over the period of a decade.
# Portlaoise
'Urgent' action needed to prevent further baby deaths
Parents’ concerns were addressed in only a minority of maternity cases assessed in a new HSE review.
# Employment rights
Woman overlooked for promotion due to maternity leave awarded €70k
The employee says the insurance company said ‘bring it on’ when she said she would go to the Equality Tribunal.
# Health
There were nearly 70 cases of death or incapacitation in Irish maternity hospitals last year
One woman’s diagnosis of septicaemia was missed.
# Breakthrough
Woman gives birth to baby using ovarian tissue frozen when she was a child
The woman had fragments of her ovary frozen before undergoing chemotherapy at the age of 14.
# not impressed
Decision to outsource surgery at Portlaoise "threatens existence of hospital"
The news that complex surgery will no longer be performed at Portlaoise follows last month’s highly critical HIQA report into the standard of care at the hospital.
'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.
# Midland Regional Hospital
'They were lied to': Health Minister speaks out over baby deaths
The Health Minister Leo Varadkar has spoken out about the findings in HIQA’s report on the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.
# Maternity
Varadkar 'ashamed' of patient treatment at Portlaoise hospital
The Minister for Health met with bereaved parents last night to hear their stories.
# Tragic
Investigation after another newborn baby dies at Cavan Hospital
The newborn baby died at the maternity unit in the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
# vital services
All seven of Jacqui's children have been born prematurely
“You’re waiting for the cry and it doesn’t arrive.”
'Ireland over-medicalises birth - and it is terrifying mothers-to-be'
Dil Wickremasinghe, since she has become pregnant, has found the maternity system is fraught with fear and discourages women from making decisions about the birthing process.
# Portiuncula Hospital
Couple who lost two babies at Portiuncula Hospital hope review will help other parents
Lorraine and Warren Reilly asked that the deaths of their two girls be considered in he current HSE review of maternity services.
Bosses aren't happy about proposals to give dads two weeks paid paternity leave
Last night Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he was confident this provision would be included in the Family Leave Bill.
# 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.
# Maternity
'Never again': New guidelines introduced after Savita's tragic death
An early warning system in maternity hospitals is to be standardised.
# Pregnancy
Ireland is NOT one of the safest places on the planet to have a baby
A UN report shows thirty countries with a lower maternal mortality rate.
Candlelight vigils will mark second anniversary of Savita's death
The vigils will take place in Dublin and Galway.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with companies paying to freeze female workers' eggs?
Is it a proactive idea or bad message?
# Memorial Service
'Losing three babies is an experience that will stay with me forever'
Parents who have lost children will come together for a remembrance service in Cork this evening.
# Childbirth
"Time of the essence" in symphysiotomy redress as three survivors die
The three deaths have occurred since the scheme was announced in July.
# state ownership
They were coy about it, but the HSE has confirmed how much Mount Carmel cost them
€11 million, but “some renovation” is needed.
# Belly up
This guy's pregnant wife didn't want to take maternity photos... so he took her place
# Human Rights
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.
# 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.
# Symphysiotomy
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.
# 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.
# Conflict of Interest
James Reilly should not oversee review of maternity services appointment - Adams
Sinn Féin’s leader said there is a conflict of interest for the director of the West/North West Hospital Group, Noel Daly.
# Delivery Team
The new National Maternity Hospital will open in 2019 - and here's who's designing it
It is expected that construction work will commence in 2016 and the hospital will be complete in 2019.
# Baby deaths
Prime Time investigation reveals details of fifth baby death at Portlaoise Hospital
Amy Delahunt and Ollie Kelly were told by the hospital that they would have to request the review into the death of their daughter under the Freedom of Information Act.
# 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.