Dispelling Myths: Birth Experience Doesn’t Matter (All that Matters is a Healthy Baby)

Dispelling Myths: Birth Experience Doesn’t Matter (All that Matters is a Healthy Baby) From the moment you get a positive pregnancy test, your mind begins racing. These early hours and days are spent trying to organise where you will… Read More

Episiotomy: Is it necessary?

What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy is the surgical procedure that enlarges the opening of the vagina through the cutting of the perineum, the skin and the muscles between the vulva and the anus. How did this procedure… Read More

Looking at the Evidence for Birthing Your Baby: Self-directed vs Coached pushing?

As you approach the end of your pregnancy, it is normal to think about and even worry about giving birth. It is normal to have some apprehension in these last few days, even if you have given birth before or… Read More

HSE Complaint Policy Statement

“The HSE welcomes comments, compliments and complaints from patients, service users, carers, visitors and the community about the services provided by the HSE. Any comment or complaint will be viewed as an opportunity to inform service provision to… Read More

Epidural – Is it right for you?

Epidural Anaesthesia is an effective and popular form of pain relief for women during labour and childbirth. The epidural is an injection which is inserted into your spine in the lower back into an area called the ‘epidural… Read More

Induction of labour – Is it right for you?

 What is induction? An induction of labour is when a doctor or midwife uses various methods to artificially initiate or accelerate labour. such as: a membrane stretch and sweep a pessary or gel artificial rupture of membranes (ARM)… Read More

Communication Tools: Birth Preferences for your Birth Plan

 Your needs in birth are as individual as you are. Your experience of labour and birth should be exactly that – YOURS. Every birth is unique and each woman will approach childbirth in her own way. It is… Read More

Birth Preferences Template

My Labour, Birth and Postpartum Preferences: Getting to know me and my family This form gives you a chance to describe your preferences, values and concerns for your labour, birth and postpartum experience to the people who will… Read More

“No Thank You” – A Guide to Informed Decision 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… Read More

New HSE birth statistics show a continuing high level of interventions including C-sections, instrumental deliveries and episiotomies

C-sections rates 2012

First time mothers struggle to avoid an intervention in labour  Figures show a lack of support nationally for mothers planning vaginal birthsafter Caesareans The HSE has released detailed figures of birth statistics from Ireland’s 19 public maternity units for… Read More