Healthcare reform: maternity service provision in Ireland.

  title={Healthcare reform: maternity service provision in Ireland.},
  author={Patricia Kennedy},
  journal={Health policy},
  volume={97 2-3},
The objective of this article is to explore recent and proposed future developments in maternity service provision in Ireland in the context of health policy reform. Ireland is experiencing an unprecedented demand for maternity services with in excess of 75,000 births in 2009, the highest since the 1970s when Ireland experienced a 'baby boom'. A further 10% rise is projected for 2010. This demographic change has placed increased demands on an already over-stretched maternity service. Despite… CONTINUE READING
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