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# Maternity

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# Closure
State purchase of Mount Carmel was never a viable option, says Reilly
The INMO said that Mount Carmel would have been profitable in 2014.
# Babies
Concerned parents turn to helpline after Portlaoise Hospital revelations
The helpline is open this weekend following an investigation into the deaths of four babies over six years at the hospital.
# not budging
Mount Carmel workers ‘staging sit-in’ over hospital closure
Staff and supporters of the hospital attended a public meeting last night.
# fatal failures
Deaths of babies at maternity units investigated
The RTÉ Investigations Unit found that bereaved families were not told that investigations had taken place into their babies’ deaths.
Column: Tragic case of newborn boy highlights unmarried fathers' lack of rights
A Dublin hospital has secured a court order to withdraw life-support from a severely brain-damaged baby whose his young mother died after delivery. As the child’s parents were unmarried, the father was not deemed the legal guardian.
# Maternity
Burton: Maternity benefit cuts aren't a disincentive to women working
Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked Minister Burton about the new maternity benefit rate being brought in under Budget 2014.
# physiotherapy
Unfilled maternity leave posts having 'devastating effect' on physiotherapy services
The majority of services are operating with 80 per cent or below average staffing levels when compared to the same period in 2007.
# intersex
Germany to allow new babies be neither male nor female
Parents now have the choice to leave the gender entry blank on birth certs but intersex groups are pushing for a third gender option to be included.
# Smoking Ban
Smoking banned in all areas of Dublin maternity hospitals
In-patients will have to leave hospital campuses if they wish to smoke with staff to be given advice on quitting.
# Rotunda
Rotunda master warns of 'intolerably high levels of activity' in hospital
The Head of the Department of Neonatology also said that the inability of the hospital to replace frontline staff is “starting to show its effect”.
# savita
This shocking graph shows 13 "missed opportunities" in treatment of Savita
Red crosses show points at which intervention might have helped Savita in the four days before she died at University Hospital Galway one year ago.
# giving birth
Study: Better for women to be cared for by midwives than doctors when giving birth
Women who had midwife-led care had fewer epidurals, fewer episiotomies and were less likely to give birth early.
# MaternityIre
Ireland’s women share their stories of pregnancy, birth and miscarriage
Recent events has women opening up about their negative experiences of Irish maternity hospitals.
# infant care
How 'maternity box' gift helped lower infant mortality rates in Finland
Many Finnish babies spend their first nights nestled inside a cardboard box – and here’s why.
# Abortion
165 amendments to abortion bill tabled
The amendments will be discussed prior to the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# Your Say
Poll: Should suicide ideation clause be removed from Bill?
The issue will be one major question debated today as Oireachtas committee considers Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# savita
Savita report 'hard-hitting, straight and doesn't pull any punches'
The HSE’s clinical review report is due to be published this afternoon.
# Courts
State to appeal ruling in landmark 'surrogate birth cert' case
The High Court had allowed a biological mother to be included on her child’s birth cert, even though it was carried by a surrogate.
# Abortion
Oireachtas committee gives Reilly 1,642-page report on abortion hearings
Some light reading for the Minister for Health.
# New delivery
National Maternity Hospital to leave Holles St in €150m move
The National Maternity Hospital will move to the St Vincent’s campus at Elm Park by 2018.
# Abortion
Fine Gael TD insists he won't support suicide clause in abortion law
Brian Walsh says the Oireachtas hearings found abortion cannot treat suicidal ideation – and won’t allow it be included.
# Circle of Life
Woman becomes world's first to give birth after heart transplant
The creation of extra blood, and the drugs needed to stop a transplant being rejected, usually make it impossible.
# Pregnancy
Maternity care costs for pregnant women with gestational diabetes 34 per cent higher
Authors of the study say results show that Ireland needs to introduce universal screening for pregnant women for GDM.
# Expert Group
Experts in Leinster House next week for discussions on abortion issues
The Oireachtas Health Committee will hold three days of public hearings.
# Vital Statistics
Birth rate down by 2.3 per cent in second quarter of 2012
New CSO figures show there were 17,958 births in the second quarter, with the average mother aged 31.9.
# Abortion
Opinion poll shows majority in favour for legislation on X
The Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post shows some incoherence, though, about other related measures…
# Patient Information
Patients’ details could be shared between Dublin maternity hospitals
Discussions have begun over the possible introduction of an integrated computer and patient information system to be shared between Dublin’s three maternity hospitals.
# Maternal Deaths
Maternal death rate 'up to four times higher than CSO figures'
A report by a HSE-endorsed body on maternal deaths says our maternal death rate is significantly higher than official figures show.
# 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.
# Hospitals
Report shows increase in people discharged from Irish hospitals
The ESRI report also showed that 46 per cent of the 25 per cent of women who delivered a baby on a public basis had an elective Caesarean section.
MRSA superbug found on 23 newborn babies in Mayo General Hospital
Around 23 newborn babies have been found with the MRSA superbug in Mayo in the past seven months.
# Children's Hospital
Plans for nine storey children's hospital on St. James's site revealed
The €604 million submission includes plans for a new maternity and paediatric hospital at the Dublin 8 campus.
Column: Symphysiotomy was seen as a gateway to childbearing without limits
Chairperson of Survivors of Symphysiotomy, Marie O’Connor explains how women’s pelvises were unhinged to avoid Caesarean section, which was disliked by Catholic hospitals because of its association with “the crime of birth prevention”.
# Health
Dáil hears calls for justice for survivors of symphysiotomy
Symphysiotomy was a practice used during childbirth during the last century before the advent of safe Caesarean sections. However, it was used for longer in Ireland because of Catholic religious and ideological circumstances.
# Holles Street
First female Master of National Maternity Hospital starts job
Dr Rhona Mahony greets Holles Street’s first newborn of 2012 as she faces into a major challenge – the possibility of moving the whole hospital to St Vincent’s Hospital campus.
# Fat Foetus?
Babies of overweight mothers 'get fatter in the womb' - study
A study by a maternity hospital in London finds that a mother’s weight tends to be passed on to their child, even before birth.
# Maternity
Public rally in Wexford over plans to cut Domino maternity scheme
It’s claimed that the scheme is being ‘quietly’ withdrawn from Wexford General Hospital. Domino allows for home births and a midwife-led antenatal clinic.
# Working Mothers
RTÉ's Miriam calls TV3 to clarify RTÉ website comments
RTÉ host Miriam O’Callaghan goes on TV3′s Midday programme to clarify her stance on working as a mother.
# Mothers
Nearly one in three first-time mums having Caesarean sections
New nationwide figures show that over 30 per cent of first-time mothers gave birth by C-section in 2010.