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

Detailed statistics on Ireland’s 19 public maternity units published for the first time

(Monday, 6 January 2014) The Association of Improvements in Maternity Services, Ireland (AIMS Ireland) has today welcomed the publication by the HSE of detailed statistics from Ireland’s 19 public maternity units. The 2011 data includes information on C-section rates… Read More

Echoes of both Savita and Tania McCabe once again at inquest of Bimbo Onanuga today

 AIMS Ireland calls for accountability and clinical review following verdict of medical misadventure (Tuesday, 5 November 2013) The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS Ireland) today petitioned for accountability, a review into clinical care practices,… Read More

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