Maternity Protection: The Way Forward - 4th February 2017 - NMBI Approved - 4 CEUs

Duration: Half Day

With recent NMBI approval, this half day conference explores the current legal issues and challenges facing healthcare professionals involved in providing maternity care in Ireland. It also merits delegates a total of 4 CEU/CPD

Who should attend?
Ostetricians, Gynaecologiests, Midwives, Psychiatrists, GPs, Lawyers and other professionals with an interest in the legal aspects of the maternity services.

Chaired by The Honourable Mr. Justice Liam McKechnie

  Conference Overview
8.45 Registration
9.15 Welcome and housekeeping
9.20 Chairperson’s Opening Address
9.40 Recent Maternity Cases and the Outcomes
Mr. Michael Boylan, Solicitor

• Recent Cases in Obstetric and Maternity Claims
• Emerging Trends in Claims
• Neurological Birth Injuries: Possible Reforms in Awarding of Damages
• Rules of Court: Possible Reforms

10.15 Challenges in Maternity Services: Where we are and where we should be
Professor Chris Fitzpatrick, Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital and UCD

Despite a decade of largely unimplemented recommendations from a plethora of expensive commissioned reports and reviews (including the expense of planning two imaginary maternity hospitals on sites no longer earmarked for such development) and the more recently published and highly publicised new government strategy and HIQA standards, very little appears to be happening on the ground in terms of prioritised investment in the maternity  services on a planned nationwide basis.

Critical problems relating to staffing, equipment, infrastructure and
models of care remain unresolved. At a time of political uncertainly, difficult strategic decisions appear to be shelved and an atmosphere of déjà vu inertia appears to have set in - apart from flurries of short-lived activity related to newspaper headlines and high profile high court cases.

Excellent overall clinical results are still being achieved by over-worked clinicians and support staff - but the sustainability of this is precarious given the increasing difficulties of retaining and attracting high-quality personnel.

Sub-optimal working conditions and trial by media have taken their toll; increasing numbers are voting with their feet. Everyone knows that money spent on escalating medico-legal costs, if invested a priori in clinical care, would not alone reduce risk but would also save money - but this simple math seems to be ignored. And yet despite all of this, the overwhelming majority of those still working in the maternity services have chosen to stay in Ireland and remain highly committed to bring about change. What are needed now are resources and decisive strategic actions.

10.50 Q&A
11.10 Refreshments break
11.40 Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act: An Update from a Medical Perspective
Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master National Maternity Hospital

• Issues for Clinicians
• Medical Decision Making in a Criminal Context
• Patient Autonomy and Human Rights

12.15 Fatal Foetal Abnormalities
Professor Fergal Malone, Master Rotunda Hospital

• Review of relevant fetal anatomy and what can fetal abnormalities can be reliably diagnosed prenatally
• Outcome data on various fetal abnormalities, in particular those of a lethal nature
• Appropriate use of terminology to describe severe fetal abnormalities – lethal or life-limiting?
• Challenges for patients in Ireland when faced with a diagnosis of a fatal fetal abnormality

12.50 A Future without Fear - Managing Risk in Maternity Care
Paula Barry, Research Midwife, Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital

• Importance of listening to women
• Breaking the cycle/culture of fear
• Focusing on wellness model
• Scope of Practice
   - National and International Guidelines
   - Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Guidelines
   - HSE and HIQA Standards/Recommendations
• Transparency in communication
• Providing a service that meets the needs and wishes of women

1.25 Q&A
1.44 Chairperson’s closing remarks
1.55 Close


Multiple delegate rate of €165 if 2+ delegates book at same time, to avail of this offer email

Single delegate rate: €180

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