Mother Sinéad Ward and baby Ríona Roche in the Neonatal ICU at the Coombe Hospital. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Some 86 per cent of all healthy, term babies born in Irish hospitals now receive skin-to-skin care after delivery, according to latest figures from th(...)

Lactation consultant Margaret Hynes with Kate Hickey and her three-week-old son Dean, at Limerick University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The pale, first-time mother is struggling to nurse her newborn daughter, but she wants to go home. “I’m not sleeping,” she says to lactation consulta(...)