Michael Hoban with his wife, Rita, in their home in Aughrim, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Having lost most of my large and small intestines, I cannot digest and must be fed all of my food intravenously

From left, Dr Aoife Ryan, lecturer in nutritional sciences, UCC, Dr Derek Power, consultant medical oncologist, Cork and Mercy University Hospitals, Ann O’Connor, lecturer in culinary arts, Cork Institute of Technology, and Éadaoin Ní Bhuachalla, research dietitian, UCC. Photograph: Neil  Hurley

Family favourite recipes have been enhanced to maximise their calorie intake

Prof Fergal Malone, chairman of the RCSI department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

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Patrick Mullane and Dr John Waterstone with baby Bridget. Photograph: Micheal McSweeney/Provision

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 Ann and Paul with their daughters, Sophia and Grace. Sophia was born at 25 weeks and four days.

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Eating foods that are high in fat and refined sugars activate the pleasure and reward centres of the brain, causing an increase in the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Photograph: Thinkstock

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Dr Louise Kenny, professor of obstetrics at University College Cork and a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, says she would never try to talk a woman or couple out of trying to conceive just because she is over 40.

Despite a woman’s fertility falling after the age of 36, more than a quarter of all births are to women over 35

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