Rhona Mahony: Our mothers and youngest citizens deserve better
Medicine, particularly obstetrics, will never be error free, but error can be reduced by well-trained, well-supported staff
Birth is full of joy and full of heartbreak and full of risk.
Over the last few years we have heard harrowing stories of mothers and babies who have died in childbirth. These stories go to the heart of us as individuals and as a society because the experience of birth affects each and every one of us in the most fundamental and universal way.
Around 90,000 women become pregnant each year in Ireland. Approximately one-in-five women will miscarry in the first trimester of pregnancy - the majority of these miscarriages are the result of chromosomal abnormality.