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‘Home from home’ Danu delivery suite officially opens at UMHL

first_imgJoint Easter message on Covid 19 from Limerick City and County Council, HSE, UL Hospitals and An Garda Síochána Previous articleMunster great Peter Stringer calls time on illustrious careerNext articleVicky Phelan will use settlement to fund help for others Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Linkedin TAGSDanu SuitehealthHSEUMHLUniversity Maternity Hospital Limerick World Sepsis Day – Have You Asked, ‘Could it be Sepsis?’ UMHL hosts virtual Ceremony of Remembrance for families who have experienced loss NewsHealthVideo‘Home from home’ Danu delivery suite officially opens at UMHLBy Cian Reinhardt – June 26, 2018 4296 Print Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter SCAM ALERT: HSE warn of bogus calls following cyber attack UL Hospitals Group announces gradual relaxation of access restrictions at maternity hospital UNIVERISTY Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) has this today, Tuesday, June 26 officially opened the Danu Suite, the ‘home from home’ delivery room for women with less complex pregnancies.This refurbishment project includes a pool for water immersion in labour and, in line with the National Maternity Strategy 2016-2026, provides for greater maternal choice and the normalisation of labour.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The initiative is the result of focused multidisciplinary teamwork at UMHL. And it follows significant input from service users who were instrumental in choosing the colours, facilities and layout of the room.   Having the newly refurbished, comfortable, low-tech birth room with labour aids and pool is very much in line with the recommendations of the National Maternity Strategy – in having an interim alongside birth room – and is an example of UMHL’s responsiveness and willingness to provide choice for women and deliver on the strategy in Limerick.The name has been chosen by UMHL staff after the Celtic goddess Danu, who is associated with the Tuath De Danann, with fertility and abundance and with water.The room is intended for women on supported care pathway; defined in the Strategy as suitable for normal risk mothers and babies, with midwives leading and delivering care in a multidisciplinary framework.Women are offered the opportunity to labour in water for pain relief. Water for labour is a package of care which includes the actual water and the associated environment. Efforts are made to support a calm, positive and peaceful atmosphere for women labouring in water.  The pool itself is a large bath in which a pregnant woman can sit or adopt a range of different positions to optimise her mobility and comfort.  The service is only for labouring in water.  The woman will deliver her baby out of the water.Water immersion is one of a number of supports provided in the Danu Suite to facilitate natural labour and holistic care. The room is not dominated by a bed and women are free to move from the floor to leaning against the bed, to the ensuite shower to using a birthing ball/labour aids.The Danu Suite opened on 31st May and one of the mothers to use it was Sarah Dineen, from Ballina, County Tipperary. Baby Fiadh was born in the Danu Suite on June 20th.“My hope and my expectation was that everything about my labour would be as natural as possible. I had heard that the pool was going to be available and I was hoping that nothing would happen to delay it before Fiadh was born. Thankfully, everything worked out for us and it was great to have such a relaxing environment and the support of the staff, who were fantastic,” said Ms Dineen.Sarah told the Limerick Post, with her birth she wanted “to go as natural as possible”, doing hypnobirthing and yoga; “the waterbirth was the final piece of the puzzle for that for me,” she said, continuing, “it eases the pain, it makes everything that little bit easier.”Margaret Quigley, Director of Midwifery, UL Hospitals Group, said: “Over the last two years we have had frequent requests from women to have a room which meets their needs and birth preferences for low risk labour.  In tandem, midwives wished to maintain and enhance their midwifery skills.  We had great support from our Consultant Obstetrician colleagues, in particular Dr Mark Skehan, and many other grades of staff contributed to its success.  We are very fortunate to have very dedicated staff in our Midwifery Practice Development Unit supporting the change in practice and the Estates Department general management assisted to make it happen.   The combination of all these factors has led to this successful opening of the Danu Suite and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved for embracing the change”.Joan Regan, Principal Officer, Department of Health and Steering Group member, National Maternity Strategy, said: “The National Maternity Strategy represents a significant development for maternity care in Ireland and aims to provide a service where women have access to safe, high quality, nationally consistent, woman-centred maternity care.  Rightfully, it underlines that women should be treated with dignity, respect and compassion and have choices about the care they receive. I am delighted that the Strategy  is being championed so strongly and passionately here in Limerick.  The opening of the country’s first. ‘ interim Alongside Birth Room since the Strategy was launched is indeed a cause for celebration. I congratulate all concerned for their energy and commitment  to drive service improvements for the women and families in the MidWest.”And Prof Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, said: “Today marks another milestone on our journey in implementing the National Maternity Strategy at UMHL. Our maternity hospital is over 50 years old and, while much loved by patients and staff, it is starting to show its age. Relocating the maternity hospital to the UHL site, as set out in the Project Ireland 2040 plan, is a hugely exciting project for us and will allow us to implement the strategy in full. But in the meantime, we must continue to improve our services for women and babies in this hospital.“This is something our staff and our service users are taking on with great enthusiasm and the Danu Suite is the latest example of that. It gives greater choice for women and makes childbirth a less clinical, less intimidating experience. We continue to make great strides in implementing the Strategy in Limerick and we look forward next month to the official launch of our perinatal mental health service, another exciting service development which has been designed with the input of patients and staff and is being implemented with significant support from the National Women’s and Infants Health Programme,” Prof Cowan added. Facebook Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students last_img read more

Cricket News Travis Head 61* gives Australia hope after clinical bowling display by India

first_imgNew Delhi: When Travis Head made his international debut against Pakistan in Dubai, Australia were staring down the barrel. After consuming 175 balls for 72 and sharing a 132-run stand with Usman Khawaja, Australia had drawn the Test. In his first home Test, Head (61*) had to play with a calm head and he showed his mettle in tough conditions, sharing vital partnerships with the middle and lower order as his second fifty helped Australia reach 191/7 on an attritional day 2 in Adelaide against India on Friday. Head’s knock gains even more value, considering that only 17 boundaries were hit in the entire day and the discipline showed by the Indian cricket team bowlers, especially Ravichandran Ashwin, was fantastic.    Australia got off to the ideal start on day 2 when Josh Hazlewood removed Mohammed Shami first ball to dismiss India for 250. In overcast conditions, Australia’s batsmen, who have struggled in the past in similar conditions, once again floundered. Ishant Sharma opened the bowling and immediately reaped success when he went through Aaron Finch’s (0) defence to knock the off and middle stump out of the ground. That brought in Khawaja, tipped to be the leading run-getter for the series by former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, out in the middle to partner Marcus Harris, the debutant.Read More | India vs Australia 1st Test highlights: Head 61* boosts hostsWith Ishant and Jasprit Bumrah maintaining tight lines, the pair sought to play patiently. Khawaja, in particular, looked to do a repeat of Cheteshwar Pujara and he took his time to settle down. Harris, on the other hand, also displayed solid technique and capitalised on some rare loose deliveries to get going. However, Ashwin exploited the conditions well and he grabbed Harris’ wicket with a ball that drifted in and got the inside edge.Read More | Ishant Sharma enters prestigious list in Adelaide Test vs AustraliaFollowing the lunch break, Ashwin turned the game in India’s favour. Shaun Marsh (2), who had struggled in the series against Pakistan, dragged a flighted delivery back onto the stumps to prolong his misery. Khawaja (28) was beaten by a sharp offbreak but India opted for the DRS. Replays showed that the bat was nowhere near the ball but it had brushed the glove.Head guides AustraliaWith attack on this wicket proving difficult, Head and Peter Handscomb chose to make slow progress. The right-handed Handscomb, dropped for the Pakistan series, looked in good touch and he eased the pressure slightly by hitting Mohammed Shami for three boundaries. With Virat Kohli operating the pacers in short bursts, none of the Australian players got their eye in and Handscomb perished to Bumrah as he looked to guide a shortish ball to third man. Ishant increased the pain of the Aussies by getting rid of skipper Tim Paine for 7. This was the Delhi pacer’s 50th wicket against Australia.Read More | Nathan Lyon concedes unwanted world record, enters this double centuryIndia had their tail up but Head displayed incredible maturity. He was well-supported by Pat Cummins who displayed solid defence but with the introduction of the second new ball, Bumrah trapped Cummins (9) who shouldered arms to a delivery which swerved back in.  Read More | Kohli can’t score a run against this Australian pacer – Find out whoHead showed no signs of pressure and calmly batted out till stumps, ensuring Australia’s deficit was 59 at the close. The left-hander’s knock could make the difference in Australia’s result in Adelaide. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more