Ireland’s maternity services: an ongoing horror story

Why did so many women not know what happened to them during childbirth?

The conclusion: all aspects of childbirth were driven by religious beliefs and misogyny.  Photograph: Getty Images

The conclusion: all aspects of childbirth were driven by religious beliefs and misogyny. Photograph: Getty Images

The report on The Surgical Symphysiotomy ex gratia Payment Scheme runs to almost 800 pages. Following its publication virtually all media coverage focused on the large number of women deemed ineligible for the scheme. Out of the 578 women who applied, 185 were unable to establish their claim because they had not actually had the operation. “How did so many [women] get it wrong,” asked Judge Maureen Harding Clark, the assessor of the scheme.

A more pertinent question might be why did so many women not know what happened to them? Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Peter Boylan, of at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, was “not surprised” that so many got it wrong.

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