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Welcome to 42 weeks, a public information campaign for women giving birth in Ireland.

Having a baby is one of the most significant experiences in a woman’s life. We aim to provide you with the information you need to make it as positive an experience as possible.



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Farewell to 42 weeks

It’s hard to believe that 42 weeks has come to an end. Many, many thanks to all of our contributors and to the families who shared their stories, photographs, videos, thank you letters and reflections. We couldn’t have done it without you!

The website will remain live so that all of the content available here. We hope that it will continue to help inform women and give them the information they need to plan for their healthy, happy births.

We have put together a short video to sum up the last 42 weeks. Hope you enjoy it!

Farewell to 42 weeks - 42weeks.ie AIMS Irealnd





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