The midwives are hoping that midwifery-led care will become more common among women who have what is considered to be a low-risk pregnancy.
According to local news source the Connacht Tribune, 38% of women who gave birth at the University Hospital Galway came through the midwives’ clinic.
Clinical midwife at the unit Jennifer Duggan said: “We are really hoping midwifery-led care will become the norm for all low-risk pregnancies.”
In April this year, Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar announced that a steering group had been appointed to prepare a National Maternity Strategy in Ireland that will “put the needs of mothers, babies and their families at its centre.”
The strategy aims to provide pregnant women in Ireland more access to safe and high quality maternity care that suits their needs.
Midwives are now hoping that the National Maternity Strategy, once it has been completed, will help support their vision of increased midwifery-led care.
Research, published in the Cochrane Library into midwifery-led continuity models versus other care options, found that midwifery-led care offered health benefits for women and children.
According to the results, midwifery-led care had “no adverse effects” in comparison to medical-led and shared-led models of care.
To read the research in full, visit the Cochrane website here.