Maree Butler and Eoin Byrne, parents of baby Darragh Byrne,  who died four days after birth. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A baby boy who died days after his birth may have suffered a brain injury a week before he was born, an inquest has heard. In evidence described as “(...)

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(...)