STATEMENT BY SENATOR IVANA BACIK
Labour Seanad leader, Spokesperson on Justice
Thursday 16th October 2014
BACIK CALLS FOR REVIEW OF MATERNITY CARE SYSTEM
In a speech delivered at the INMO and RCNI All-Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference in Santry, Dublin, today, Senator Ivana Bacik will call for a review of the maternity care system. She will focus in particular on the need to provide greater diversity of maternity care models, so that women may have greater freedom to choose midwife-led care in hospital; or a home-birth.
Senator Bacik will say: “The current model of maternity care throughout Ireland is a consultant-led, hospital based service. Thus the majority of women give birth in Ireland in a hospital setting, with the consultant obstetrician as the lead professional responsible for their care. While this provides a very effective childbirth service for many women and their babies, it does limit the choice for those women who present as low-risk in pregnancy and who may prefer to give birth in a different setting, either with a midwife-led service in hospital or indeed in a home setting.
“Recent controversies over withdrawal of insurance cover for a midwife-led homebirth service have shown how women’s choices may be limited in the provision of maternity care. I believe that we need a review of our maternity care system, in order to provide greater support for women who wish to have a home birth or midwife-led delivery. I also believe that such a review should examine high levels of medical intervention; and inconsistencies in rates of such intervention; in our maternity services.”
Contact Senator Ivana Bacik at 086 813 3751