Friday 20 October 2017

We've seen it all before: HSE probe into deaths is too little too late

'If pregnant mums are at risk, our health system is failing us.' Stock image
'If pregnant mums are at risk, our health system is failing us.' Stock image
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

When you are pregnant, your doctor may well tell you that it is a natural condition, it is not an illness, you don't need to alter your lifestyle unless you smoke or drink heavily.

It is a long nine months, but the wait and the weight will be worth it. Some women will choose to have a natural labour, as in no medication, at home, even in a birthing pool, with the aid of a community midwife.

Others want to put themselves in the capable hands of the experts in a maternity hospital or maternity wing. There, they can be assured of labour management and emergency attention if anything should go awry.

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