Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, arriving at the opening session of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

All women who are sexually active need to take folic acid daily, whether or not they are planning a pregnancy, according to a Safefood campaign laun(...)

The survey shows satisfaction varies in different parts of the whole maternity journey, from the start of pregnancy to the six-week postnatal check-up. Photograph: Thinkstock

It might go against the media grain, but let’s start with the good news: the majority of women are very satisfied with their experiences of the Iri(...)

It is difficult to show somebody the value of having a doula before they have had the baby, as it is something often only appreciated fully in retrospect. Photograph: Science Photo Library

The publication this month of a new online directory of doulas in Ireland reflects the growth of interest in this role of birth assistant. The (...)

Daniel Oakes, who is a midwife, with his three sons who were all born at home – Arden (2), Oran (5) and Finnian (7) – and his wife, Heather, at home in Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Alan Betson
Call the midwife ‘Dad’

Being at the birth of his first child was a life-changing experience in more ways than one for Daniel Oakes. His Californian wife, Heather, had opted (...)

At a breastfeeding support group meeting in Lusk, north County Dublin were, from left to right, Emma Lericque with son Colin; Suzanne Webb with daughter Lucy Niland; Karolina McKittrick and son Jack; Anna Clarke with Jeremiah; Michelle Cannon with Leah-Joy; and Aine Conneff with Oisin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish mothers will breastfeed in public en masse in at least 14 different venues around the country this Saturday, as part of the international Quinte(...)