Clinics fear the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which proposes to create a national register of sperm and egg donors, will lead to a reduction in donations and encourage more couples with fertility issues to seek help abroad. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Opposition is growing among private fertility clinics to the Government’s plans to ban anonymous egg and sperm donation.Clinics fear the Children and (...)

Dr Declan Keane described giving birth in Ireland as an “over-hospitalised process”, saying deliveries should be left to midwives, with doctors only intervening in an emergency. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire.

Caesarean rates in Ireland are “far too high,” one of the country’s foremost obstetricians has said.Dr Declan Keane, a former master of the National M(...)

Cormac and Nefissa Flood with their baby Rehan (14 weeks) at their home in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Few people are about on Dublin’s Merrion Square early on a Saturday morning but I have a bet with myself that I know where the couple hand-in-h(...)

Whoopi Goldberg, who is the face of a brand of adult nappies in the US, during a visit to Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Frustrated with her GP’s advice that pelvic floor exercises were the solution to her leakage problem, 31-year-old Leah, a broker, has turned to a new (...)

Declan Keane: ReproMed has clinics in Dublin and Kilkenny and plans to open one in Limerick

Declan Keane is a senior embryologist with 20 years experience in Ireland and abroad. Keane set up ReproMed clinic in Dublin in 2009 and has since ope(...)

The feet of Angela’s son, who was born in June.

A 38-year-old Irish woman has spoken about her decision to become a mother through anonymous sperm donation. The woman, known only by her first name A(...)

Siobhan and Jim Boucher and their daughter, Rachael (7), at home at Castleknock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cliff and Anne had been going out for only two months when he discovered through medical investigations at the age of 30 that he was probably infertil(...)

Described by many as a hidden epidemic, pelvic-floor problems affect about 45 per cent of women after childbirth, according to Don Wilson, a Ne(...)