Where are all our Midwives gone?

A major survey of staffing levels in Ireland’s maternity hospitals has identified a ‘critical shortage’ of midwives. According to the findings from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), no maternity hospital or unit in the country has the internationally recommended midwife-to-birth ratio of 1:29.5 births. The ratio currently varies … Continue reading

Our Midwives do us proud

According to the Medical Independent, a major study has found that midwifery-led care is as safe as consultant-led care but uses less intervention in pregnancy and childbirth. The study, commissioned by the HSE and conducted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, involved 1,653 women having babies in … Continue reading