Sr Julie Buckley, chaplain in Temple Street hospital, Dublin: ‘Seeing parents broken after the death of a child is the worst part of the job. Their world has ended and they have to try to pick themselves up and build a new life.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

I started off nursing and did my training in the Richmond Hospital, in Dublin, returning to Cork, where I’m from, to do midwifery. I worked as a staf(...)

Neonatal nurse Margaret O’Driscoll  at work in  Cork University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

When I started out in the neonatal unit at the Erinville maternity hospital in Cork almost 35 years ago, I was petrified. Unlike adults, babies were n(...)