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Midwives are the experts in normality.1,2 The publication of the National Maternity Strategy3 promotes the role of the midwife by supporting the normalisation of pregnancy and birth. It also recognises the importance of the birth environment and the benefits of a positive birthing experience for women. Midwives...Read more
The rate of women having a singleton live birth delivered spontaneously in 2012 was 57%, this represents a decrease from 61.8% in 2003.2 The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) is one of the largest maternity hospitals in Europe where 9,106 babies were born in 2014.3 Of these 9,106 women, 6,968 achieved a...Read more
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 was passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas on July 30, 2013 and for the first time in the history of Ireland’s legal system there was legislative provision for the undertaking of termination of pregnancy/abortion in Irish hospitals.
In introducing the...Read more
Dr Rhona Mahony took over as the first female master of a Dublin maternity hospital in January of last year, attaining the mastership of the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.
The future of the 119-year-old hospital was put on a more solid footing recently when its long-sought-after move to the St...Read more
When Prof Simon Fishel converses excitedly about a new piece of high-tech equipment, the world of assisted reproduction would be wise to take note.
An internationally distinguished specialist in the field of fertility treatment, he has been at the forefront of many key scientific firsts in the field of...Read more