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19 October 2017

Birth Reflections Service opens at the Coombe

Birth Reflections is a  listening service for women who have given birth, or are planning to give birth at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital.

For women and their partners, events around a baby's birth may be confusing, unexpected and not have been what they had planned or hoped for. Birth Reflections aims to give women the chance to explore their birth experience and ask questions that they may not have previously asked.

Labour and birth may have been different to expectations and plans made during pregnancy. There may have been a need for intervention, or even an obstetric emergency. Such events can be difficult to understand without information 'to fill the gaps', have questions answered, or to understand the obstetric assessment and decision making process in labour.

Women may contact this service by using a designated phone line or email address. The Birth Reflections Midwife will then contact her and arrange a meeting at the hospital at a time and date that is mutually suitable to them both, in an atmosphere of trust and safety. Partners may also attend.

During the session, which lasts approximately an hour, the midwife will read through the woman's notes with her. There may be discussion about their memories, feelings and thoughts surrounding their pregnancy and birth. Previously unasked questions may be answered. This process may be very beneficial to a mother or couple who are finding it difficult to understand or perhaps come to terms with events. It may also be very useful and important in helping to better prepare for a next pregnancy, labour and birth.

The Birth Reflections service may be accessed by contacting the Birth Reflection Midwife, Ann Fergus.

By phone: 086 1450910 (please leave a message and the midwife will call you back)

By email:

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033

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