“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

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