Sunday 11 December 2016

The obstetric paradox that's challenging staff morale

Hospitals are now much safer for mothers and babies, writes Dr Rhona Mahony, the Master of Holles Street

Dr Rhona Mahony

Published 06/12/2015 | 02:30

As a tertiary referral centre, the NMH welcomes women and new-borns with complex medical needs from all over Ireland.
As a tertiary referral centre, the NMH welcomes women and new-borns with complex medical needs from all over Ireland.

Recently, I delivered a lecture entitled 'Through the Eyes of the Masters' to an obstetric society. This was a reflection on half-a-century of obstetric care at the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), as recorded in the clinical reports published annually over the past 50 years.

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In the course of my talk, I documented the various clinical advances and demographic changes that have had such a profound effect on obstetric outcome. From the introduction of IVF to the extraordinary advances in neonatal care, we have steadily pushed the boundaries of obstetric medicine, achieving outcomes that would not have seemed possible in 1965.

Every mother and baby delivered in the hospital has been part of that journey.

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