Declan Devane

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A handout picture released by the University of Oxford shows a technician working on the University’s Covid -19 vaccine, which this week became the latest research centre to report positive vaccine trial results. Photograph: Getty

There is no research on how the consumption of fake news might affect people’s willingness to take a coronavirus vaccine, a conference on trust in hea(...)

Failure to use synthesised evidence in healthcare decision-making can be harmful

Readers will be familiar with my use of terms such as systematic review and meta-analysis when describing medical research. They are very much the lin(...)

There is convincing evidence that midwife-led care produces better outcomes for women and babies

At last there is good news for Ireland’s pregnant women. The National Standards for Safer Better Maternity Services were recently launched by the Heal(...)

Some four years after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway, there are real concerns about the pace of reform in the (...)

Thousands gather to demand that  the circumstances that led  to the  death of Savita Halappanavar are not repeated, at a rally in Dublin in late 2012. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two senior experts in midwifery recruited to improve maternity services in the west after the death of Savita Halappanavar have resigned only two year(...)

For many women, the idea of a baby growing inside them is deeply unsettling. Photograph: iStockphoto

Tocophobia, an extreme fear of childbirth, is surprisingly common and is estimated to affect one in 10 women. It was first identified by Dr Kristina (...)

Dr Sam Coulter Smyth, master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin: would love to see women starting off with midwife-led care, once there was a seamless transfer to an obstetric-led unit if complications occurred. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Women who receive continuous care from midwives throughout pregnancy and birth fare better than women cared for by a combination of obstetricians, (...)

Louisa Crowley, with her daughters Fia and Keeva, at home in Drumcondra, Dublin. 
Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is home birth safe? It depends on who you ask.Women who have had their babies at home are often evangelical about the experience. For the HSE, whic(...)