Miriam helps to deliver new guidelines for 'vital' midwives
RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan, a mother of eight, lauded the vital role of midwives yesterday.
"Midwives meet you at times in your life that are incredibly important, the birth of your child -- nothing is more important. You're very vulnerable.
"Over my eight children, I've had a number of different problems and I've always found the midwife was the person I could turn to," she added.
She was launching a new set of guidelines for midwives, which lay out their responsibilities in relation to a host of areas from teenage pregnancy to domestic violence and home births.
The standards, devised by An Bord Altranais, come into force from next month and will apply to the 12,000 midwives registered in Ireland.
They cover a range of new areas, including caring for pregnant women who have been subjected to female genital mutilation and what to do if they have concerns about child protection.
Ms O'Callaghan said the standards would also help mothers find out what they can expect from midwives.
They also include suggestions in relation to home births, such as professional indemnity insurance for midwives working in this area.