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(...)

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Aisling McNevin (26) was diagnosed with having a fatal foetal abnormality less than a week after the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment was pas(...)

The Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin charges a reasonable parking rate of €2.50 for up to four hours, and a special daily rate for the day of delivery of €7.50. Photograph: Alan Betson

You’re sitting in the waiting-room, nervous and stressed about a procedure or a meeting with a doctor, and you suddenly wonder whether you brought eno(...)

1. Ministers seek to stem backbench revolt against Enda Kenny Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney are (...)

The smoking rate among expectant mothers attending the Coombe  hospital in Dublin fell from 14.3 per cent to 10.9 per cent between 2011 and 2015. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Smoking during pregnancy has dropped by one-quarter in five years but it remains a challenging problem, according to new Irish research. The study, w(...)

An estimated 40 cases in Ireland of spina bifida, where those affected can be confined to a wheelchair,  could be prevented each year by ensuring women take folic acid before pregnancy. File photograph: Getty Images

Poorer women and those recently arrived in Ireland have the lowest level of knowledge about the essential role of folic acid in preventing birth defec(...)

 Eoin Byrne and Maree Butler leaving the Coroner’s Court for the verdict of the death of their son Darragh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin City Coroner’s Court has returned a verdict of medical misadventure at an inquest into the death of a baby boy at the Coombe maternity hospital(...)

Artist’s impression issued by Children’s Hospital Group of proposed family accommodation block at the site of the new state-of-the-art children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Image: Children’s Hospital Group/PA Wire

An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital is decisive and clear-cut, and (...)

Tina Priestley with  a picture of her son, Bobby, who died at the age of 13 months. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tina Priestley was six months pregnant with her fourth child when a routine scan showed that the baby’s head was much bigger than it should be. The(...)

 The obesity rate among mothers from the 13 EU accession countries (mostly in Eastern Europe) was half that of mothers born in existing EU countries. Photograph: Getty Images

A sharp rise in the number of severely obese mothers delivering babies in many Irish maternity hospitals is causing concern among doctors. The number(...)

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