Prenatal And Postnatal Health Care

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With complaints of inadequate maternity health care services in newspapers and social media on the rise, the issue of Ireland’s poor services for women before and after birth has become an important topic. Some health care officials believe there are already safe and effective services and staffing levels implemented in prenatal and postnatal health care. Even government officials feel that there is an abundant amount of government assistance services available for prenatal and postnatal women. These views are predominately based on the data that Ireland has “one of the lowest maternal and perinatal mortality rates in the world” (Larkin et al. 98). In a newspaper article by Sinéad Redmond, she points out that in March of 2014, figures revealed that not a single maternity hospital in the Republic of Ireland had “staffing levels of midwife-to-women ratios that [met] international safety standards” (“Ireland’s Maternity Units”). In a study conducted by Larkin, Begley, and Davane, it was also found that “women often felt alone and unsupported,” and “Some women would not have another baby due to their childbirth experiences” (98). Women who wish to be pregnant in Ireland are unhappy with their prenatal and postnatal experiences on the account of inadequate health care services, including job and government assistance. I will argue that the government and health care system in the Republic of Ireland should work together to solve these problems. The lack of attentiveness to

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