Michael Turner

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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(...)

Prof Michael Turner: Maternal obesity is challenging, costly and has lifelong consequences. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One in five overweight mothers had become obese by the time they gave birth to their second child, new Irish research indicates. Eleven per cent of t(...)

‘If you are obese, it is harder to get pregnant and, when you do, the complication rates are higher in terms of issues like Caesareans and diabetes.’ Photograph: iStock

Obesity rates among new mothers have jumped by almost 20 per cent at one of the State’s largest maternity hospitals as women put off motherhood until (...)

Health officials say all women who could become pregnant should make taking folic acid a daily habit, irrespective of whether they are planning a pregnancy or not. Photograph: iStock

Expectant mothers have long been advised to avoid particular foods for the duration of their pregnancy. And it is also widely known that taking certai(...)

Rates of caesarean sections tripled worldwide between 1990 and 2014 from 6.7 per cent to 19.1 per cent. Photograph: Istock

More than three quarters of all caesarean sections carried out in Ireland and the UK are carried out following a request from the mother, newly publis(...)

Midwife  Annette Mulhern at Evie Clinic, a new, multi-disciplinary ‘well-being’ pregnancy care service.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The individual framed photographs of the Evie Clinic’s team are all the same size and hang in strict alphabetical order on the wall of the entrance lo(...)

In a recent Champions Cup match, the HIA was completed successfully in under four minutes by Leinster’s Johnny Sexton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport will not recommend current Head Injury Assessment (HIA) as best practice for other spor(...)

Scientists involved in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment at the McDonald Observatory in west Texas hope to gain a better understanding of the mysterious dark energy. Photograph: Ethan Tweedie

“Astronomers have a tendency to attach the word ‘dark’ to anything they don’t understand.” They’re not the only ones. Humans have always associated d(...)

If society wants women to give birth at a younger age, policymakers need to offer longer, paid maternity leave and state-funded free childcare.

Women are seemingly to blame for Ireland’s poorly performing maternity services, including a fourfold increase in Caesarean section (C-section) rates (...)

Women  who had a caesarean section were also more likely to require repeat trips to a GP, to visit an emergency department or to be readmitted to a hospital than those who underwent natural births.

Women should be made more aware of potential health complications arising from caesarean sections before undergoing the operation, a leading midwifery(...)

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