Nuanced debate: is complete abstinence form alcohol the best advice for pregnant women? Photograph: iStock

Is it okay for women to drink alcohol while pregnant? Last year a major Irish study – led by Dr Ciara Reynolds of Dublin’s UCD Centre for Human Reprod(...)

The study involved 73,000 women who had a single pregnancy at the Coombe and 2,000 who had multiple births. Photograph: iStock

Women who go private to have their baby are almost three times more likely than public patients to have an elective Caesarean section, according to a (...)

Given the facts of rising maternal obesity and CS in Ireland, what can be said about their relationship? Photograph: iStock

A recent study of almost 68,000 women who presented for antenatal care at Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, found that the overall(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital,  says  there is an urgency to the delivery of a co-located hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Religious Sisters of Charity have confirmed their ownership of the site for the relocated National Maternity Hospital in documents submitted to An(...)

Ideally, all prospective parents should seek professional health screening at least six months prior to a planned pregnancy.  Photograph: iStockphoto

Preconception care is where it’s at today for men and women wanting to have a healthy baby. What’s more, the nutritional status of a mother can have l(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, arriving at the opening session of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

All women who are sexually active need to take folic acid daily, whether or not they are planning a pregnancy, according to a Safefood campaign laun(...)