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The youngest gestational age baby admitted was born at just 23 weeks while the lowest birth weight was less than 500g. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The number of babies requiring intensive care treatment at the National Maternity Hospital fell by over a quarter last year due to a new system of ide(...)

Parents Gerry and Celine Cunningham (centre) from Longwood, Co Meath,  with their children Christine and Anthony  who were both born prematurely at the  Coombe. Photograph: Tom Honan

About 200 “graduates” – once among the tiniest anywhere – gathered on Sunday for a reunion at the place they spent their first weeks fighting for life(...)

 Staff nurses Marie Lynch (left) and Christina Kilpatrick have spearheaded  the Ceramic Hand and Foot Print Initiative, with fundraising from Aidan and Donnacha’s Wings. The Rotunda  now  provides hand and foot clay prints of their baby to every bereaved parent – the first maternity hospital in Ireland to do so. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

If anybody had told Shane Ó Foghlú in advance that he would bathe the body of his baby son who had just died, he reckons he would have “run away” from(...)