Michael Turner

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Nuanced debate: is complete abstinence form alcohol the best advice for pregnant women? Photograph: iStock

Is it okay for women to drink alcohol while pregnant? Last year a major Irish study – led by Dr Ciara Reynolds of Dublin’s UCD Centre for Human Reprod(...)

On discharge, just 37.3 per cent of mothers are breastfeeding,  the 2019 figures show. Photograph: iStock

Ireland has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, with only two out of three women initiating it before leaving the maternity hospital, (...)

The study involved 73,000 women who had a single pregnancy at the Coombe and 2,000 who had multiple births. Photograph: iStock

Women who go private to have their baby are almost three times more likely than public patients to have an elective Caesarean section, according to a (...)

The Coombe: The unemployed and homemakers are less likely to plan pregnancy and take folic acid,  researchers from UCD and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital find. Photograph: Alan Betson

Women in paid employment have better outcomes in pregnancy and improved lifestyle behaviours during it compared to homemakers, major new Irish researc(...)

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(...)

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