Dr Sam Coulter Smyth, master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin: would love to see women starting off with midwife-led care, once there was a seamless transfer to an obstetric-led unit if complications occurred. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Women who receive continuous care from midwives throughout pregnancy and birth fare better than women cared for by a combination of obstetricians, (...)

Louisa Crowley, with her daughters Fia and Keeva, at home in Drumcondra, Dublin. 
Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is home birth safe? It depends on who you ask.Women who have had their babies at home are often evangelical about the experience. For the HSE, whic(...)