‘Your birth experience matters to you. You’ll remember it for the rest of your life, and you have every right to be the key decision maker in that room.’ Photograph: iStock

In April of this year, RTÉ’s phone-in show Liveline invited Irish women to share their stories of giving birth in Irish hospitals. With the dam effect(...)

The topic of period pain and associated conditions, often filed under ‘women’s problems’, is being discussed more openly. Photograph: iStock

Sometimes it feels like taboos are being smashed on an almost daily basis, with movements such as #MeToo bringing about a huge cultural shift in how w(...)

Many women’s birth plans say: “I don’t want any unnecessary interventions”, said Dr Aoife Mullally, questioning why any doctor or midwife, trained to care for women and babies, would ever make an unnecessary intervention. File photograph: Getty Images

An increasing number of “over anxious, middle-class mothers” have unrealistic expectations of having “perfect births”, a leading obstetrician has said(...)

Ailbhe Smyth, centre,  at a Together for Yes press conference in Dublin with Dr Cliona Murphy, left,  and Dr Aoife Mullally. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Together for Yes campaign, which supports repeal of the Eighth Amendment, has called for regulation of abortion pills in Ireland as figures show a 190(...)