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Home birth website launched

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 4:28pm

There were more than 100 home births in Cork and Kerry last year, local midwives revealed as they launched a new website.

The community midwives who work on the HSE Home Birth Scheme in Cork and Kerry have set up their own website,

The website profiles the midwives working in Cork and Kerry and explains how the scheme works.

Last year there were approximately 120 home births in Cork and Kerry, with the majority of them in Cork, according to community midwife, Caroline Corcoran who is based in Midleton.

“Seventy per cent are second time or more mums. Forty to fifty per cent of first time mums are transferred to hospital during the birth for pain relief but the advantage of that is that we go with them and sometimes deliver the baby in the hospital,” she said.

Caroline is one of the community midwives who work on the HSE home birth scheme in Cork and Kerry.

Its website launched on International Day of the Midwife, 5 May, explaining how the process works. The five other midwives are based in Ballinhassig, Kinsale, Macroom, Leap and Killarney.

Caroline said there had always been a high number of home births in Cork, adding that interest is growing.

“With the growth of social media, women are more aware of their options. As hospitals get busier, women want to retreat to a place of peace, quiet and safety,” she contended.

The six midwives are a diverse group, and hail from Europe and Ireland, including from Germany, Holland and the UK. There is plenty of expertise within the group, who have many years of combined experience of supporting women through their pregnancies and births, the journey to becoming a mother, and the difficulties they may face along the way.

Mary Cronin, a community midwife based in Kinsale said: “I have been privileged to support several of my colleagues when the time came for them to have their own babies at home, and it is a very special experience. There is nothing like that moment when a baby is born, and you see the joy on the mother’s face! The women love being tucked up in their own bed after the birth, with a cup of tea and toast, for cuddles with their newborn.”

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