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A file pic of Sean Rowlette and his wife 36 year old Sally Rowlette from Dromore West, Co. Sligo, who died in child birth at Sligo Regional Hospital.

A file pic of Sean Rowlette and his wife 36 year old Sally Rowlette from Dromore West, Co. Sligo, who died in child birth at Sligo Regional Hospital.

Michael Kivlehan with his late wife Dhara Kivlehan, who died days after giving birth

Michael Kivlehan with his late wife Dhara Kivlehan, who died days after giving birth

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A file pic of Sean Rowlette and his wife 36 year old Sally Rowlette from Dromore West, Co. Sligo, who died in child birth at Sligo Regional Hospital.

TWO grieving dads whose wives died giving birth will today tell Health Minister Leo Varadkar of their desire that there are no repeat incidents.

Sean Rowlette, whose wife Sally died two years ago a day after she gave birth to their daughter, also Sally, and Michael Kivlehan, whose wife Dhara died after giving birth to their son Dior in 2010, said they are seeking equality for all mums-to-be.

The fathers will meet Mr Varadkar today and outline to him why hospital maternity staff and facilities that are available during the day must also be available at night.

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They want a "package" produced to inform fathers about everything they should know when their partners go into hospital to give birth.

Father-of-four Mr Rowlette (39), from Dromore West, Co Sligo, recalled that Ireland's top childbirth expert Peter Boylan told Sally's inquest that if it had happened in a Dublin hospital there would have been somebody by his wife's bedside all night.

Her inquest heard an intensive care consultant was absent from Sligo Regional Hospital for four hours during the night when she experienced severe medical difficulties.

"There were a number of things highlighted at the inquests and we want to make sure there is action on all of them," Mr Rowlette said. "It's something that's very close to my heart and to Michael's."

Mr Kivlehan (36), a father of one, said they wanted to explain as fathers and husbands how the ordeal has gone.

"The biggest problem is that after my wife died a similar incident in the same hospital occurred again within a couple of years," he said.

"We want to find out who will be the relevant people the minister will put in charge to oversee whatever improvement measures are agreed."

Mr Kivlehan said he is especially anxious to impress on the minister the need for "some kind of package" for first-time fathers to make them aware of everything they should know when their partners go into hospital to give birth.

"We will be making it clear that we want to see monitoring and follow-up procedures in place so we can constantly keep a check on what steps are being taken to save women's lives," he said.

Delay

Dhara Kivlehan (28), from Dromahair, Co Leitrim, died in a Belfast hospital in September 2010, nine days after the couple's only baby Dior was born in Sligo Regional Hospital.

Her inquest last September was told the delay in getting her specialist renal and liver care, and in transferring her to a specialist centre, were factors in her death.

In the two inquests, verdicts of death by medical misadventure were returned. The two men will be accompanied to today's meeting by their legal adviser Roger Murray .

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