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Pregnancy and class

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The Cedar Lounge Revolution

A fascinating piece in the SBP magazine at the weekend, by ‘mother courage’, who tweets regularly, on the state of our maternity hospitals in this current period of austerity. Frankly, for all the superheated rhetoric about mothers and children that we are hearing at the moment in relation to abortion, the actual situation that faces pregnant women in this state leaves much to be desired.

“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 the reports of the Rotunda maternity hospital master, Dr Sam Coulter Smith, saying a woman was going to die in…

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