Midwives on Storm Emma duty deliver 15 babies at Limerick maternity

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent


Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent



Midwives on Storm Emma duty deliver 15 babies at Limerick maternity

Labour ward staff at University Maternity Hospital Limerick PICTURE: Gerry Burke/Twitter

AS THE whole country went into complete lockdown, babies were still being born at University Maternity Hospital Limerick during Storm Emma’s havoc this week. 

Numerous healthcare staff across the Mid-West required for duty were unable to get to work due to treacherous road conditions this Thursday and Friday. 

But luckily the Civil Defence Service was on-call to assist a number of crucial staff at UMHL, and transport them to Ennis Road so that they could carry out their duties. 

And it was a busy day for the Labour Ward as a total of 15 babies were born during Storm Emma on Thursday, UMHL’s clinical director Dr Gerry Burke confirmed on social media. 

On Twitter, the obstetician posted: “Labour ward huddle at UMH Limerick. Some of our staff live a long way from the hospital, so we discussed how @CivilDefenceIRL were getting them in to work. Fifteen babies were delivered safely on March 1st. @ULHospitals@HSELive#sneachta”. 

Approximately 200 staff across the UL Hospitals Group are being accommodated at local hotels, with a large number staying with family and friends in order to carry out their healthcare duties. 

A spokesperson for thee UL Hospitals Group stated this Friday morning: “Our staff have made heroic efforts to keep frontline and emergency services going during the current severe weather including ensuring people make it to work and remain at work to support colleagues. Where staff are, or have been, required to stay overnight to ensure they are available for work the next day or to cover for colleagues who cannot make it to work due to the severe weather conditions, the HSE is covering all associated costs. No staff member will be out of pocket as a result of having to stay overnight.”