FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from The Irish Midwives Association on the lifting of In-Camera status in the case of Mother B vs HSE heard in the High Court, Dublin on 30th September 2016
The Irish Midwives Association fully supports the right of all pregnant people to informed consent, informed refusal and full bodily autonomy.
Dublin, November 2, 2016: The Irish Midwives Association (IMA) were deeply concerned to learn of the case of Mother B vs HSE, in which the HSE attempted to force a woman to have a caesarean section against her will. The IMA welcomes Justice Michael Twomey’s ruling that a forced surgical procedure would constitute a “grievous assault.” The IMA further support his ruling to lift the in-camera status as requested by the mother and are concerned that the HSE objected to her waiving anonymity.
IMA Spokesperson, Registered Midwife Ali Murphy says “This ruling has considerable implications for practice, which might only become apparent over time. As midwives, we have a duty to respect a woman’s right to make informed choices for both herself and her baby, whilst working in an environment that is risk averse.”
The IMA fully endorse the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland’s practice standards and code of professional conduct and draw particular attention to our duty ‘to protect and promote the autonomy of patients: respect their choices, priorities, beliefs and values.’ We strongly believe that all women have the right to access safe, high-quality, woman-centred and evidence-based maternity care which is nationally consistent and which recognises each woman’s individual needs as outlined in the recently-published Maternity Strategy. We strongly believe in a woman’s right to choose her care in pregnancy and birth and in her right to informed consent and refusal.
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About The Irish Midwives Association
The IMA is a group of Irish midwives and student midwives which – recognising that childbirth is a natural physiological process – is committed to creating a better future for maternity services. We strongly believe that all women have the right to access safe, high-quality, woman-centred and evidence-based maternity care which is nationally consistent and which recognises each woman’s individual needs as outlined in the recently-published Maternity Strategy. We are an all-inclusive organisation comprised of individuals working in hospitals, homes, institutions, or in private practice; all midwives, student midwives, and future student midwives are welcome. Please visit our website for further information https://midwivesireland.ie/