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# Mother and Baby

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# Mother and Baby
HSE pressures maternity hospitals to follow guidelines and allow partners attend
In a letter, Dr Colm Henry suggests that the guidance has not been implemented by some hospitals.
# Mother and Baby
UN asked to request that Irish govt sets up independent investigation into Mother and Baby Homes
The Irish Council of Civil Liberties has written a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur.
# Mother and Baby
Audio recordings of Mother and Baby Home testimony can be retrieved, Dept confirms
The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has agreed to deposit the recordings with the Department.
# Mother and Baby
If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.
# Criticism
Destruction of Mother and Baby Home tapes represents 'an imbalance of power', Dáil hears
Some survivors have expressed anger at the destruction of the audio testimony recordings.
Voices
Opinion: It's finally time to admit that the Government's legal advice on adoption is wrong
David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College, says the legal advice provided to Government in relation to rights of adopted children is flawed and a referendum on the matter is not needed.
# equality minister
Dáil passes the Government's Mother and Baby Homes Bill
Opposition TDs had drafted amendments based on the requests of survivors and human rights experts.
# Tragedy
Mother of newborn baby found dead in Cork maternity hospital
An investigation is underway and the cause of death is currently unknown.
# budget 2019
Parents to get an extra two weeks' paid parental leave from next year
The measure will be introduced from November 2019.
# pain relief
Changing the drug used during labour could halve the number of women needing an epidural
Pethidine is the most widely used drug but new research suggests remifentanil may work better.
# Mother and Baby
Husband whose pregnant wife died during Holles Street surgery settles damages case
Malak Thawley died in 2016 during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.
# Mix-up
An Austrian hospital gave parents the wrong babies and nobody knew for nearly 30 years
Doris Gruenwald only found out after she took a DNA test.
# religious orders
Hospitals still owned by the Catholic Church should be handed over to the State, says Micheál Martin
He also described what happened to mother and baby home survivors as” unchristian cruelty”.
# state files
Mother and baby homes believed to give Irish women 'every chance of keeping their secret'
A report into ‘destitute Irish girls’ investigated the problem of unmarried pregnant women travelling to England.
# Mass Grave
Remains of young children and babies found in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby home
In a statement, the Commission said it is “shocked by the discovery” and its investigation is continuing.
# Mother and Baby
'He hung on to see his mummy' - Mum calls for anomaly scans after losing her newborn baby
Diane Magee gave birth to baby Christopher fifteen months ago but her child died soon afterwards.
# Biological clock
30.3 years: That's the average age of Irish women having their first child
The average is going up.
# Unmarried Mothers
'Deeply wrong': Labour TD abstains from vote on mother and baby homes inquiry
Labour TD Anne Ferris abstained from the vote criticising the lack of objectivity of the investigation.
# Redress
Mother-and-baby home survivors want fully inclusive inquiry into what happened to them
It is anticipated the terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry will be discussed by Cabinet next week.
# tuam babies
Should the mother-and-baby homes inquiry include orphanages?
James Reilly isn’t so sure.
# tuam babies
"It's so important to get this inquiry right"
Minister James Reilly hopes to bring the terms of reference to Cabinet in the near future.
# Mother and Baby
Supreme Court says only the birth mother - not genetic mother - can appear on birth cert
The State mother has insisted that only the birth mother can be on the birth cert.
# Inquiry
Exclusion of institutions from inquiry concerning to mother-and-baby groups
Groups representing mothers and their children question why some institutions may not be included.
# Mother and Baby
Judge Yvonne Murphy appointed chair of mother-and-baby home inquiry
Minister James Reilly also published a report examining what the government knew about the homes.
# mother and baby home
Death rate of babies at Tuam mother and baby home was double the rate of other homes
The returns from local authorities, disqualifying Dublin, shows that 17% of babies under the age of one died in registered maternity homes that year.
# new boss
Mother-and-baby home survivors concerned over ministerial switch-around
James Reilly has taken over at the Department of Children — just days before the establishment of the large-scale inquiry into mother-and-baby homes.
Voices
A Bessborough Tale: 'Some nights all you could hear was sobbing'
To this day I have never experienced the grief and despair I felt leaving my baby son. I thought I would physically break in half.
# the commission
Who will chair the mother-and-baby inquiry? The Minister's been given a list of candidates
The Commission of Investigation into the State’s network of mother-and-baby homes is expected to be set up before the Oireachtas summer recess.
# the commission
International judge should chair mother-and-baby investigation, survivors say
Groups representing survivors of the institutions are meeting with Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan today.
Voices
Opinion: It may seem heartless, but we shouldn't fund an inquiry into religious-run homes
I shudder to imagine what those mothers and their beautiful babies went through. But we need to ask the difficult question: is this the correct use of funds that children living today so badly need?
# bessborough
Handover of 25,000 mother-and-baby files indicates "scale and breadth" of investigation
Some 25,000 files have been handed over by the Sacred Heart Adoption Society to the Cork offices of Government agency ‘TUSLA’.
# the commission
Want a say on the mother-and-baby inquiry? Midday today is the deadline...
Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan is hoping to have the terms for the wide-ranging Commission of Investigation set up before the Dáil summer recess…
# a first mother's story
'There's a nurse leaving the room with my baby... I said to my sister “where’s she gone?”....'
After her first harrowing ordeal, Kathy McMahon was determined to keep her child the SECOND TIME she was sent to a mother-and-baby home…
# Mother and Baby
Have you ever kept a pregnancy hidden? You're not alone
And TCD’s School of Nursing and Midwifery wants to hear from women who have.
# Investigation
Boyd Barrett: 'I was born in a mother-and-baby scheme. I'm one of the lucky ones'
Sinn Féin wants the Commission of Investigation to be in place before the summer recess.
# talk to us
"We're the ones who lived this our whole lives": Mother-and-baby home residents have some advice for the Government
Groups representing children born in the homes and women who gave birth in the institutions have been setting out their priorities for the investigation.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about bugging at GSOC offices, mother and baby homes and cigarette packaging.
# Mother and Baby
Bishops: We are reminded of a time when unmarried mothers were rejected by Church
They encouraged all those who ran these homes to gather and offer up any documents that might be of assistance.
# Reaction
'Time to shed light on another dark period': Broad welcome for mother-and-baby investigation
Campaign groups have broadly welcomed this afternoon’s developments. There was also an observation that the matter “could have been dealt with decades ago”.
# Mother and Baby
Taoiseach: If we don't do this properly, Ireland's soul will lie "in an unmarked grave"
Enda Kenny said the Government would consult with all opposition parties, other relevant groups and historians as it began its investigation into mother-and-baby homes.