National Women’s Council of Ireland director  Orla O’Connor: “Women must be able to trust their maternity hospital that they will be treated in a compassionate and non-judgmental way.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

St Vincent’s University Hospital has rejected claims that it bans sterilisation for reasons related to its Catholic ethos. “There is no prohibition (...)

The chairman of St Vincent’s Hospital has  dismissed as sensational the “tale of nuns attempting to control Irish maternity services”. However, history shows that ethos affects treatment. File photograph:  Dave Meehan

The Institute of Obstetricians has expressed concern that St Vincent’s hospital, which is owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity, will govern the N(...)

St Vincent’s hospital is wholly owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity, two of whose nuns sit on the board. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The chairman of St Vincent’s hospital has dismissed as “groundless and sensational” claims that the nuns who own the hospital are trying to “take cont(...)

The National Maternity Hospital, known as Holles Street hospital, has said the arrangement proposed by St Vincent’s would eliminate the maternity hospital as an independent entity and eliminate the “decision-making capacity at senior clinical and corporate level”, creating “unacceptable clinical risk”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A site for the new National Maternity Hospital, next to St Vincent’s University Hospital, in Dublin, was offered on the basis that there would be a si(...)

Most maternity care in Ireland is obstetrician-led care in hospitals, but with midwives in attendance during labour and birth.

While many changes are promised by the National Maternity Strategy published in January, birthing options, and conditions, currently vary greatly acro(...)

Kevin and Una Kelly leaving the Coroner’s Court in Dublin. Their son Kevin James died six days after his birth in the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A verdict of medical misadventure had been returned in the case of a baby boy who died almost one week after his birth in Mullingar General Hospital i(...)

One textbook referred to an article featuring ‘charming’ photographs of women in Africa ‘skipping’ after undergoing symphysiotomies, the court heard.

A medical textbook used in hospitals in Ireland in 1960 described women on their first pregnancy as a “dark and untried horse”, the Court of Appeal ha(...)

Guidelines should be issued to healthcare professionals emphasising they should not report a woman who has taken abortion medication to gardaí, human rights and women’s groups have said. File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Guidelines should be issued to healthcare professionals emphasising they should not report a woman who has taken abortion medication to gardaí, human (...)

A computer generated image showing how the new children’s hospital will look from the air.

It was supposed to be the last government’s flagship project, scheduled to open for the 100th anniversary of the Rising and serving to highlight Irel(...)

“The absence of appropriate sexual education left women unequipped for the vagaries of reproduction” - Rhona Mahony. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As the shots fired and almost 500 people died, babies continued to be born during the Rebellion of Easter 1916. This generation of babies would see th(...)