Even one glass of wine or small measure of spirits can influence the behaviour of the foetus in the womb

Even one glass of wine can stop the foetus moving and breathing in the womb for up to two hours, an expert has warned. Professor Peter Hepper from Que(...)

The Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

Officials in Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s department are working on proposals that could see the historic Rotunda Hospital move to a new locatio(...)

The Cassidy family pictured at the Rotunda Hospital: parents Kevin and Veronica with their quintuplets Conor, Amy, Cian Rory and Dearbháil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 1:59

Multiple pregnancies are tricky, says current Master of Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter-Smith.“Generally speaking, triplets getting to 32 weeks (...)

 Róisín Ingle and Natasha Fennell at the launch of their book, The Daughterhood. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Irish Times journalist Róisín Ingle and communications consultant Natasha Fennell have launched their new book on mother-daughter relationships. The b(...)

Marlis Flood, mother of Caoimhe, of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts yesterday on Thursday. Photograph: Courts Collins

A young girl who has cerebral palsy and is severely brain damaged is to receive a total €3.9m following a final settlement of her High Court action ov(...)

Leanne Gallagher and Kieran Conachy with their son, Shéa Conachy, aged 10 months, in the Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The parents of 10-month-old Shéa Conachy are beaming at the news that their son is “good to go” the following morning, just eight days after having(...)

 Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year, according to Dr Caitríona Henchion, medical director of the the clinic. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year.Most ha(...)

Public Health nurse Margaret Scargill in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Primary care team Public health nurses are generalists. The community is our client and we see everyone from mothers and babies to older people(...)

Students watch a live Caesarean section in the Robert Adams Theatre, Beaumont Hospital via video link from the Rotunda Hospital, as part of the MiniMed School programme for transition years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:26

“We’re putting a retractor in which is holding the bladder down out of the way. This is the uterus here.”Those were the words of Prof Fergal Malone, h(...)

My daughter was starting to talk about her hurt and anger and she confided in  a psychologist in St Clare’s unit, and he was able to connect with her. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

My daughter was 14 years of age when she was assaulted. I will never forget the day I was told: a part of me died that day and continues to do so.My y(...)