Editor Maria Delaney and researcher Soma Gregory tell Susan Daly about the many obstacles facing women who would prefer this option.
Nationally, the rates of C-sections and inductions continue to rise year-on-year.
Previous birth trauma and limited maternity care choice can lead women to opt for a free birth.
Noteworthy’s months-long investigation reveals inconsistent care and lack of choice leading to trauma and unnecessary medical interventions.
Noteworthy reveals this restriction was raised as ‘non-negotiable’ at a HSE meeting in March despite protestors feeling the issue was resolved last year.
Water births are used for pain relief during labour and birth across the world.