The chairman of St Vincent’s Hospital has  dismissed as sensational the “tale of nuns attempting to control Irish maternity services”. However, history shows that ethos affects treatment. File photograph:  Dave Meehan

(...). Between the 1940s and 1980s, the barbaric symphysiotomy procedure was performed in preference to Caesarean(...)

The Court of Appeal  court has reserved judgment on a woman’s appeal against the High Court’s finding that she had failed to prove her symphysiotomy was unjustified. File photograph: Collins Courts

A woman who alleges an unjustified symphysiotomy was performed on her at a Dublin hospital 12 days(...)

One textbook referred to an article featuring ‘charming’ photographs of women in Africa ‘skipping’ after undergoing symphysiotomies, the court heard.

(...) “skipping” after undergoing symphysiotomies, she said. A 76-year-old woman, who alleges a symphysiotomy(...)

Appeal: The woman said she felt “split in two”  and  suffered lifelong pain, incontinence and depression after the procedure which divides the cartilage of the pubic symphysis to facilitate easier delivery. Photograph: Thinkstock

An appeal over the rejection of a woman’s claim that an unjustified symphysiotomy was performed on(...)

An appeal over the rejection of a woman’s claim that an unjustified symphysiotomy was performed on her in a Dublin hospital in 1963, days before her first baby was born, has opened at the Court of Appeal. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An appeal over the rejection of a woman’s claim that an unjustified symphysiotomy was performed on(...)

Judge Maureen Harding Clark: women were given the choice of having records returned or shredded. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The retired judge running the State’s symphysiotomy payment scheme has criticised “misinformation(...)

Marie O’Connor, chairwoman of  Survivors of Symphysiotomy, outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

TDs and Senators have called on the State redress scheme for women who have survived symphysiotomy(...)

(...) shred documentation associated with the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme. As we understand it, concerned(...)

Chair of Survivors of Symphysiotomy Marie O Connor. The group represents more than 350 women who are survivors of the procedure carried out during childbirth. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

(...) medical records of women who survived symphysiotomy by State’s redress scheme, lawyers for the women(...)

Symphysiotomy records

(...) some 1,500 women underwent symphysiotomies in Irish hospitals without consent. The symphysiotomy(...)