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Friday 15 November 2019

Miscarrying women put in wards next to new mums

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

WOMEN who have lost a baby are being put in wards next to new mothers because of overcrowding in the country's biggest maternity hospital.

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin, admitted it could be very traumatic for women who had miscarried.

But she said space could be so tight that at times there was no other option.

"It is something that is occupying my mind at the moment and we have a number of committees going at the hospital looking at how we prioritise services," she said.

She was speaking at an event organised by the third-world charity Concern, which aims to highlight the need to improve nutrition in poor countries. It launched a 1,000-day campaign highlighting how good nutrition during the 1,000 days from a woman's pregnancy to her child's second birthday is the best guarantee of better health.

More than one in five children in Sierra Leone are stunted at birth because their mothers do not have enough to eat during pregnancy.

Dr Mahony, who recently returned from Sierra Leone, said, in contrast, 38pc of the 9,500 mothers who will give birth in Holles St this year will be overweight.

Chef Rachel Allen, who is ambassador for the 1,000 days campaign, said she did not put on much weight during her three pregnancies and tried to be mindful of what she was eating.

"I walked a lot and my craving during my pregnancy with my daughter Scarlett was for citrus fruit," she said.

Irish Independent

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