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Partner access at maternity hospital increases

THERE is to be a further easing of partner access restrictions at University Maternity Hospital Limerick from Wednesday, September 1, with an increase in scheduled visiting slots on the postnatal wards from 45 minutes to two hours. The scheduled two-hour visiting slots will be offered to nominated partners of women on wards M1 and M2, from 2pm to 4pm or 6pm to 8pm daily. This is the latest in a series of measures taken in recent months to gradually ease pandemic restrictions on access to partners of women in UMHL, in line with national guidance on partner access to maternity units. UMHL allows partners in the following areas, regardless of vaccination status, following the COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature screening: Labour Ward: throughout labour and delivery; Elective and Emergency C-Section; Anomaly scan; EPAU (Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit); Compassionate grounds; Antenatal Ward: 45-minute slots; Postnatal Wards: 2-hour slots; NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)/HDU (High Dependency Unit): 30-minute slots; Emergency high risk admissions; …

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O’Mara family give back to regional maternity unit

A BELVOIR family have shown their gratitude to the specialist medical team at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) by fundraising in honour of their daughter Aoibheann. Now nearly ten, Aoibheann is thriving, but faced a challenging start that required her to have neo-natal care at St Munchin’s. “Almost a decade ago this coming October our daughter Aoibheann was born in St Munchin’s Maternity Hospital in Limerick,” outlined mum Orla O’Mara. “Aoibheann needed neo-natal care and she spent four weeks getting first class medical care. As first time parents our emotions were very high. It is incredible how you feel when you are faced with your new born baby needing neo-natal care. You place all your trust in the medical consultants, nurses and midwives and that is what we did. We were beyond fortunate that Aoibheann received such wonderful care from the devoted medical specialists.” Thankfully, little Aoibheann was soon able to leave hospital, under the ongoing care of the paediatric …

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Shannon woman gives back to UMHL

WITH her twin boys safely home now, Claire Louise Lagan is very grateful for everything that was done for her at the Maternity Hospital in Limerick and she has now organised a GoFundMe in aid of the NeoNatal Trust Fund. Earlier this month Claire Louise gave birth to twins Jai and Hunter, who arrived into the world a small bit earlier than had been expected. “They were five weeks premature so they needed to go into incubators for a couple of days, one got out before the other, and then they had to be feeding properly before they went home, so that was the main problem, they needed to be fed with tubes for more than a week.” Because she was having twins, Claire Louise had to have appointments every fortnight throughout her pregnancy and she is very grateful for all the care she received there. “The Maternity over the last nine months has been amazing, so that’s why I …

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Clare Womens’ Network calls for easing of maternity care restrictions

Dan Danaher and Fiona McGarry RESTRICTIONS on hospital access for the partners of pregnant women are continuing to cause concern, and have prompted a campaign being lead in Clare by the local Women’s Network. The organisation said it has received contact from a number of people affected by restrictions introduced in response to the pandemic. One woman who contacted the network was critical of the fact that people are not being prevented from attending house parties, while partners and husbands are banned from attending appointments. “I have had to go to my appointments alone,” the woman, who chose to remain anonymous, said. “I am always fearful that I could get bad news or something might happen and I have no one with me whose job is just to support me. It’s not fair that people can gather in houses and meet in pubs but I have to go through my entire pregnancy without anyone. It’s an awful burden to have …

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