AIMS Ireland response to the ‘home versus hospital birth’ debate

(Tuesday, 17 September 2013) AIMS Ireland today expressed their continued support of women making informed decisions on where and how they give birth in Ireland. In recent weeks, the media have given the topic of ‘home versus hospital… Read More

AIMS Ireland makes submission to the Oireachtas Committee hearing on the draft Heads of Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013

In May 2013, AIMS Ireland made a submission to the public hearings by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on the heads of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. Read the full submission here: AIMS… Read More

Irish Inquests – Jo Murphy-Lawless looks at the inquest into Savita Halappanavar’s death and its aftermath

The full inquest on the death of Savita Halappanavar opened on 8 April 2013 and concluded on 17 April, with the jury returning a unanimous verdict of medical misadventure. The jury also endorsed nine recommendations for fundamental change…. Read More

No Country for Pregnant Women – Mother A v Waterford Regional Hospital

(Tuesday, 12 March 2013) This past weekend, as the nation celebrated International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, an Irish Maternity Hospital initiated an invasive procedure on a pregnant woman against her will. ‘Mother A’ was denied patient autonomy… Read More

AIMS Ireland statement on Waterford General Hospital vs Mother A in the High Court

In light of the High Court appeal by Waterford General Hospital to force a mother to undergo a Caesarean Section, AIMSI would like to make the following comments: AIMSI cannot comment on the medical specifics of this case… Read More

AIMS Ireland submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

AIMS Ireland made a submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children Report on Public Hearings on the implementation of the Government decision following the publication of the Expert Group Report on A,… Read More

Requesting Your Birth Notes, Making a Complaint, Requesting a Review, Legal Support

The following information has been put together for women who have contacted AIMS Ireland regarding accessing personal records (birth notes), making a complaint, or a query in regards to their maternity experience. Part 1 – Accessing your Personal… Read More

Doula Care

Research has shown that the presence of a doula is extremely beneficial for the labouring woman. According to some research, midwives and nurses are only able to give 10% of their time in ‘supportive roles’ in labour and… Read More

Informed Decision Making: “No Thank You” – A Guide to Informed Decison Making

Your experience of labour and birth should be exactly that – YOURS. Every birth is unique as each woman will approach childbirth in her own way. It is important that you have the information you need to decide… Read More