This Life: A labour of love

Professor Jim Doran's 40 years as an obstetrician have taught him a lot about the demands and challenges faced by pregnant women, writes Fiona Ness.

12th October, 2013
Professor Jim Doran at the Maypole Clinic in Holywood, Co Down. Photo: Pacemaker

It's not a tag you could attach to too many 64-year-old Belfast men, but Professor Jim Doran is without a doubt one of Ireland's leading feminists. Throughout the course of the eminent obstetrician's 40-year career, his admiration and empathy for women have been at the forefront of his clinical decision-making process.

Obstetric achievements aside, Doran's other great talent is storytelling. In a new book spanning the course of his obstetric and gynaecological work, he charts...

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