Peri-natal hospice care to be debated in Seanad Éireann

Peri-natal hospice care to be debated in Seanad Éireann

Peri-natal hospice care to be debated in Seanad Éireann

13th July 2012

The issue of peri-natal hospice care (care of mothers and babies where the unborn child has a life-shortening or limiting abnormality diagnosed in utero) was raised in the Seanad earlier this week following a briefing to politicians comprised of parents who told the story of their child who died shortly after birth or is living with a serious disability.

The briefing was co-hosted by Senators Rónán Mullen, Mary-Anne O'Brien, Daragh O' Brien along with TD’s Regina Doherty and Arthur Spring among others. The briefing was attended by almost 60 TDs and Senators.  

In a very moving and thought provoking session, the families present shared their personal experiences during the births and (sometimes short) lives of their children. Following the briefing, during the Order of Business in the Seanad, several senators including Senator Mary Ann O’Brien praised the courage of the parents who spoke and called for a debate in the Seanad on the need for better peri-natal hospice care facilities in Ireland. 

Congratulations to Senator Mullen and other members of the Oireachtas for hosting such an important and extremely well attended briefing.

Click below to watch a short video on peri-natal hospice care which was shown at this week's briefing