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!

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Birth Statistics for Ireland’s 19 public maternity units 2012

In March 2014, the HSE released birth statistics for 2012 on our public maternity units under the Freedom of Information Act, which included information on Caesarean section deliveries, instrumental deliveries, the percentage of episiotomies performed, and the percentage of vaginal birth after Caesarean deliveries. The figures were also broken down into first time mothers and mothers who had had a previous birth (multiparous). Breastfeeding rates on discharge from hospital were also included.

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Birth Statistics for Ireland’s 19 public maternity units 2011

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AIMS Ireland launches new information campaign to help women using maternity services in Ireland.

42 weeks of events and activities to take place around the country

(Sunday 9 June 2013) Irish voluntary organisation, AIMS Ireland, today launched an innovative new public information campaign for women having babies in Ireland. The campaign, called 42 weeks, aims to inform and support women and their partners so that they can put decisions about their maternity care firmly in their hands, to ensure that they make informed choices, and have the best possible birth outcomes, for their babies and themselves focusing on healthy births for babies AND mothers. Continue reading