Wednesday 7 December 2016

Anxious parents place faith in system - but hope now tinged with fear

Published 01/06/2016 | 02:30

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. Photo: Damien Eagers
The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. Photo: Damien Eagers

There is no time in a woman's life when she feels more vulnerable than when she is in labour. Never does she feel more dependant on other people as when she must place her confidence in the little team around her.

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The suitcase containing the bundles of soft white clothes and tiny nappies is stashed away in anticipation in the hospital luggage room and the car seat on standby, waiting for that first magical journey home.

How agonising must the loss of an eagerly awaited baby or an expectant young mother be then, when the anxious parents have placed all their faith and hopes in the maternity services system?

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