What components are necessary for a successful birth? One could argue that nothing is needed; women have given birth since the dawn of humankind without little or no assistance. Times have changed and the modern-day western society has more or less restricted the process of giving birth to the delivery ward and delivery itself is part of global medical discourse. This work offers an insight into 24 hours in the delivery ward at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. It reveals the transitory space that mothers inhabit for the duration of their stay and situates the often-overlooked figure of the midwife as a key social actor providing a critical source of knowledge and care in the institution.
Norma Collins • Robert Ellis • Ramona Farrelly • Kerstin Hamilton • Norabeth Hogan • Deirdre Keaney • Kate Levy • Angel Luis Gonzalez • Julie Lynch • Niamh Marron • Laura McGovern • Miriam O'Connor • Rachel Randall • Séamus Sullivan • Helen de Lacy • Maria de la Iglesia •