Even one glass of wine or small measure of spirits can influence the behaviour of the foetus in the womb

Even one glass of wine can stop the foetus moving and breathing in the womb for up to two hours, an expert has warned. Professor Peter Hepper from Que(...)

The Master of the Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter Smith, uses a fork-lift to demolish the existing outdoor smoking cabin, at the rear of the hospital today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Smoking on the grounds of Dublin’s Rotunda maternity hospital is to be stubbed out from Friday, an occasion which was marked by the “ceremonial” demo(...)

Dr Sam Coulter Smith: “For a baby delivered at 23 weeks to survive is a huge achievement from everyone’s point of view. For a 23-week twin to survive is even bigger because twins often behave more prematurely than singleton babies.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The safe birth of twin girls 87 days apart is “truly extraordinary” and “a genuine good news story”, the master of Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital ha(...)