Friday November 27, 2020

Mother Courage: Under care and under staffed

In which attending a maternity hospital is like pulling teeth.

18th May, 2013
'As a paying guest of the hospital, it turns out, I knew nothing.'

In which attending a maternity hospital is like pulling teeth


"Irish obstetricians deliver more than twice as many babies as their counterparts in Britain and Northern Ireland," a recent newspaper report proclaimed. And I nodded sagely. I'd done my hours of labouring in an unmanned ward until a bed became free in the delivery suite; I'd missed my opportunity for an epidural because the labour ward anaesthetist was "tied up in surgery upstairs". I'd read...

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