Michael Turner

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‘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(...)

The rise in the number of Caesarean sections is mostly due to the increased safety of the operation but a 65 per cent jump in births to over-35s has also contributed. Photograph: Martin Carlsson/iStockphoto via Getty

An increase in the average age of first-time mothers is one of the main factors behind soaring Caesarean section rates in Ireland, according to new re(...)

An estimated 40 cases in Ireland of spina bifida, where those affected can be confined to a wheelchair,  could be prevented each year by ensuring women take folic acid before pregnancy. File photograph: Getty Images

Poorer women and those recently arrived in Ireland have the lowest level of knowledge about the essential role of folic acid in preventing birth defec(...)

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