Midwives' hands are tied by rules
Published 28/12/2010 | 05:00
The recently reported horrors endured by home birth midwives in Hungary are but a pale shadow of those planned for midwives in Ireland.
Agnes Gereb faced five years in jail for assisting at a home birth: Irish midwives face up to 10 if they breach the HSE's onerous terms and conditions.
Now at report stage in the Dail, the Nurses and Midwives Bill makes it unlawful for midwives (but not for nurses or medical practitioners) to practice without indemnity.