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Maternity Patient Safety Statements

Maternity Patient Safety Statements are published monthly for each of the country’s 19 maternity hospitals and units since their introduction by the HSE in 2015. Each Hospital Group and Maternity Hospital publishes an updated statement each month.

 Further information as well as the definition of each metric is available on the HSE website.

These summary statistics reflect the most recent monthly activity at The National Maternity Hospital. We hope that these data provide reassurance regarding the quality and safety of services at our hospital. These figures are not formatted in a way to support comparison with other hospitals or aggregation with other data. Given the complexity of care at our hospital, which is a national tertiary referral centre, it is not appropriate to compare any of these statistics with other hospitals that have different patient numbers or types of clinical workload.

The National Maternity Hospital Maternity Patient Safety Statements 2019

Last updated 17/02/2020

December 2019

Please note these figures are subject to change as we validate our MNCMS data. For further information, please contact Fionnuala Byrne, Information Officer: 01 637 3273


Women’s Health After Motherhood - Course

Learn how to take care of your physical and mental health after giving birth and feel supported during the postpartum period.

This course will help you explore postpartum health problems and learn when to seek help as a new mother.

After giving birth, women can struggle to access reliable resources and trustworthy information regarding their own health. There can be confusion surrounding what is and what isn’t normal after giving birth and many mothers unnecessarily suffer in silence.

On this course, you will gain advice and strategies on how to prioritise postpartum care and help women support one another during the postpartum period. You will address common physical and mental health challenges after birth, learning how to help yourself and when to seek professional healthcare.

(in association with Trinity College Dublin)



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Dramatic Fall in Neonatal Unit Admissions

Dramatic fall in intensive care admissions at National Maternity Hospital

December 2019: The number of babies requiring intensive care treatment at The National Maternity Hospital fell by 27% in 2018, due to the introduction of a new system of early identification of infants at risk of infection.

The new “Early Onset Sepsis Calculator” assists clinicians to determine, those infants at risk of sepsis who would benefit most from antibiotics.  This early risk assessment for sepsis reduces the need for admission to the High Dependency Unit for IV antimicrobials.

“This remarkable reduction shows the importance of constantly reviewing work practices and introducing changes as a result”, according to Dr Claudine Vavasseur, Director of Neonatal Intensive Care.  It reduces the incidence of separation of infants from their mothers, facilitating bonding and breast-feeding, as well as saving staff time”.The dramatic fall in infection-related admissions is revealed in the just-published annual NMH Neonatal Clinical Report. It shows that in 2018, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admitted 1,517 infants compared to 2090 in 2017.  This was the lowest number of admissions since 2012.  The unit cared for 121 infants weighing less than 3lbs in 2018. In all, the NICU provided 1,403 days of “Intensive Care” and 2,916 days of “High Dependency Care”.

Fifteen infants from all over Ireland were offered therapeutic hypothermia at The NMH in 2018.This therapy is provided to babies at risk of brain injury. During therapeutic hypothermia, the infant is cooled three degrees below body temperature. After three days, the baby is rewarmed and specialised neonatal staff perform a brain MRI in Holles Street to assess the efficiency of therapy. Therapeutic hypothermia is regarded as the greatest single advance in Neonatology over the last 25 years as research has demonstrated it reduces the rate of death, severe disability and cerebral palsy in these infants.

While infection was previously the leading reason for admission, it is now in fourth place behind respiratory, gastroenterology and problems of prematurity.

 Approximately 5% of infants admitted were born at less than 28 weeks, with the lowest gestational age baby admitted being born at just 23weeks and the lowest birth weight of less than 500g.

“With advances in neonatal intensive care treatment, we are increasing the survival rate and prognosis for very pre-term babies”, continued Dr Claudine Vavasseur.  “We are very pleased with the advances at the Hospital and also in the wider neonatal community to improve the quality of  life  for these vulnerable  babies and their families.”

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Campaign Launch: Wednesday 6th November 2019

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Reiki Complementary Therapy - Pilot program

Pilot of Reiki Complementary Therapy Sessions in the National Maternity Hospital



The National Maternity Hospital (NMH) has been providing comprehensive care to mothers and babies since 1894. Parents of babies in Neonatal ICU, bereaved mothers, stressed patients, etc., may find benefit from a relaxing complementary therapy called Reiki which can be provided in conjunction with medical treatment. Reiki Federation Ireland (RFI) offers free Reiki sessions to the NMH patients.


What is Reiki (霊気)?

Reiki, meaning “universal life force energy” in Japanese, is an ancient method of healing. Reiki healing aims at initiating a deep relaxation response to help the recipient to acquire a sense of well-being (a balance of mind, body and spirit). Reiki is not connected to any religion and therefore, no belief system is required for it to work. It is not a diagnostic treatment, has no harmful side effect and is complementary to medical treatments. There is no contraindication for Reiki treatment.


What Happens During my Reiki Treatment?

At your first appointment, your therapist will explain the treatment to you and make sure it is adapted to your particular needs. The treatments usually last between 30-60 minutes. The therapy will only be given with your consent and may be stopped at any time should you wish.
Reiki is done through non-intrusive hand positions which facilitate the flow of energy and the  consequent healing process. You will only be touched at your head, your hands and feet with your consent. If you do not want to be touched, the hand positions will be placed a few centimetres from your body; you will not be touched.
You remain fully clothed during the treatment and may lie or sit down comfortably. The session will take place in the afternoon/evening in a room in the NMH. A short feedback form will be given to you to inform the NMH and RFI about your experience.


Who is my Reiki Practitioner?

All the volunteer Reiki practitioners who are coming to the NMH are fully qualified to provide Reiki treatment. They are the members of the RFI which is Reiki representative body in Ireland. They are insured for providing Reiki treatment and Garda vetted by the hospital. For more details about practitioners or the RFI, visit:
This is a private service; the hospital accepts no responsibility for its delivery. It is your decision to avail of the service from the RFI.


Do I Pay for This Service?

This is a free service provided by the RFI with the NMH providing contact information only.


How to arrange a session?

If you would like to book a session, please contact

Annemarie Creighton
(contact No: 087 063 6819,

Clare Leonard
(contact No: 086 814 1291,

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