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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Birth

Last year
2022
Voices
Author: 'Nobody told me about the loneliness that comes with having a new baby'
Read a motherhood diary from the author of crime thriller Hide and Seek, Andrea Mara.
# Women's Health
Stephen Donnelly confirms opening of two additional specialist menopause clinics
A total of six menopause clinics will be rolled out nationwide this year.
All time
# Pregnancy
67-year-old woman becomes China's 'oldest new mother'
Her baby girl is reportedly called Tianci, meaning “gift from heaven”.
# lucina
RTÉ received 31 complaints about a mannequin giving birth on the Late Late Show
The simulator is used by RCSI medical students to prepare them for the real-life labour ward.
# phoenix
Police investigation launched in Arizona after reports woman in coma for 10 years gave birth
The birth was reported by a local Phoenix news organisation.
# 22nd century
Babies born in Ireland in 2019 can expect to live until 2101
Ireland is one of only 28 countries where 2019 babies will likely live until the 22nd century
# 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.
# It's a girl
New Zealand prime minister gives birth to a baby girl
Jacinda Ardern becomes just the second world leader to give birth while in office.
Voices
'We need maternity care providers who respect women and who listen to women'
There needs to be a change in narrative around maternity care in Ireland.
# medical risk
Study looks at whether women who have had a C-section should attempt vaginal birth
Though absolute rates were low in mothers who had attempted this type of birth.
Voices
My unplanned homebirth: 'You can’t help but think "what if?"'
I will never forget the sound of my waters breaking, writes Jessica O’Neill.
# world prematurity day
'Until you have a premature baby, you don't know what you're up against'
Today is World Prematurity Day.
# High Court
Man secures injunction against deportation as his first child is about to be born
The man claims his right to human dignity would be breached if he was to be deported so close to the birth of his and his Irish partner’s first child.
# baby elephant
Dublin Zoo celebrates a very adorable new arrival
Just look at her.
# waiting for godot
Millions of people have been watching a live stream of a pregnant giraffe about to give birth
Despite very little happening all week, millions have tuned in waiting for April the giraffe to give birth.
# Court Order
Activists criticise HSE attempt to force woman to have Caesarean section
The HSE attempted to take an order in court, but a judge refused it.
# Tallaght
Newborn baby revived by Dublin Fire Brigade after "unexpected" home birth
The dramatic situation unfolded near Tallaght at the weekend.
# baby joy
2FM's Louise McSharry has just given birth to her first child
Yay! Hello to little Sam <3
# i did this
This dad-to-be wore the most ridiculous t-shirt during his wife's labour
This is not helping, dad.
# like and overshare
Man in America accidentally livestreams birth of his child to thousands of people
These things happen.
Voices
'What if he says a new word? What if he forgets me? The back-to-work guilts are the worst'
The fear of missing out is something every mother experiences returning to work after maternity leave, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.
# smackdown
Trump taunts Cruz over the fact he was born in Canada
He told him he’s “not a natural born citizen”.
# logical
'Upset' man charged with calling in bomb threat to hospital as he was missing the birth of his child
Michael Morlang was apparently enraged that the birth was proceeding in Utah while he was outside the state.
# baby born
A new dad posed for a selfie with his wife giving birth in the background
And he lived to tell the tale.
# Located
Missing mother found after leaving newborn baby at London hospital
The woman had given birth on Thursday morning.
# baby on board
"Is there a doctor on board?" - Watch this woman give birth in a plane over the Pacific
Six flight attendants wearing surgical masks can be seen
# blessed birth
Brian Blessed 'delivered a baby in a park and bit through its umbilical cord'
Very impressive.
Voices
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.
# Paraguay
Girl (11) denied abortion after being raped gives birth
The authorities’ handling of the case sparked outrage.
# baptism of fire
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.
Voices
Giving birth at home helped me to feel safe and in control
I want to raise awareness of the benefits of having a home birth in healthy pregnancies, with the hope that it will encourage more women to explore this option.
# Birth
Family of child with brain injury slam "unacceptable" nine-year HSE delay
The HSE only last month admitted liability in the case of Tadhg Costello.
# it's like we're there
Samsung decided to livestream a birth using virtual reality
It was for the father only, mind.
# giant child
'I was cussing up a storm': Florida woman gives birth to 14 pound baby
The mother also didn’t know she was pregnant until eight months into the pregnancy.
# special delivery
Woman gives birth to 10lb baby in car as she drives herself to hospital
“I knew the baby was coming and it doesn’t help to panic. So, I just stayed calm and said, ‘Well, if I deliver it on my own then I deliver it on my own.”
# London
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.
# Deadline
At least 257 symphysiotomy survivors apply for redress scheme
The scheme has been criticised by some advocates for symphysiotomy survivors.
# Crash
"Catch my baby" ... Woman gives birth on roadside in Kilkenny
The woman crashed her car on the outskirts of Kilkenny, as she drove to hospital.
# Neonatal
Seven in ten parents of premature babies want more psychological support
Some 4,500 babies are born prematurely in Ireland each year.
# Statistics
Here's everything we know about Ireland
The Central Statistics Office has released new figures giving a breakdown of over the last year.