Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (824)

Clare Daly

Question:

824. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions No. 28 of 14 May 2014 and No. 212 of 26 March 2014, now that he has established for us that the What’s Up Mum website is a private business enterprise, and in view of the fact that it fails to mention the full range of publicly-funded maternity services which are midwife-led, which services contribute to a reduction in the rate of caesareans now at an unacceptably high level in this country as revealed in two recent rigorous Irish pieces of research, if he will instruct the Health Service Executive to remove its endorsement of this website which signally fails to present current international best evidence on pregnancy and birth. [22739/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As stated in my answer of 14 May, the Health Service Executive is committed to improving women's healthcare choices. It does not promote one model of maternity care over another. The information on the website is for general education and information and does not purport to be complete or exhaustive. Women should seek advice regarding the models of care available from their family doctor or from the maternity unit of their choice.