Some people are uncomfortable with the concept of donating breast milk, via a milk bank, but for premature and very sick babies it can be a godsend.
For 10 years, the lives of hundreds of sick and premature babies have been sustained and saved by the work of the Irvinestown Human Milk Bank. An incredible network of hundreds of mums north and south donate their milk, which is picked up everywhere from the steps of courthouses by lactation nurses or delivered in crates by the donors’ husbands.
According to the Irish Independent, Irish couples are turning to a clinic in America to have the girl or boy that they’ve always dreamed of.
For Irish women desperate to bear sons, the scientific evidence is clear: eat lots of bananas, have sex standing up, and try to consume a bowl of cereal every morning.
New statistics show that record numbers of women in their 40s are having babies. Over the last 20 years, the number of fortysomething women giving birth in England and Wales has almost trebled. Experts put this down to several factors: we are postponing childbearing because of our careers, our men don’t want to commit, or we are having a “prolonged adolescence” in our 30s and simply don’t get around to it.
Many men suffer from post-natal depression that can be just as debilitating as it is for women, doctors have found.
New research published in the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association’ suggested that around one in 10 new fathers developed the condition. Symptoms were most common in the first six months after a baby was born.
Men were more likely to have the ‘baby blues’ if their wife or girlfriend did too.
Eumom’s Mothers’ Panel is a new way for moms to provide assistance to other mothers in the online community. By offering your thoughts, personal experiences and stories, you will be helping other moms in similar circumstances.
The panel will also give Eumom the opportunity to represent mothers’ views accurately to brands, the media, community leaders, local politicians, schools and other women.
A new survey, printed in today’s Irish Times, shows that Irish women want more options and more input into how they give birth, writes SHEILA WAYMAN
WOMEN’S UNHAPPINESS at the lack of choice in the type of maternity care offered in Ireland is clearly signalled in a recent survey of mothers who have given birth here over the past five years.