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In Ireland, every year there are over 4,500 babies born premature.
If you have a premature born outside Dublin and if your baby is very premature or very ill, your baby will likely be transported up to one of the Neo-natal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s) in one of the three Dublin Maternity Hospitals, i.e. The Rotunda, The Coombe or National Maternity Hospital for specialist medical care. A very premature baby can spend weeks or months in intensive care, before they are able to go home or be transported back to their local hospital. The problem faced by parents in Ireland, is that there is no accommodation for parents in the Dublin maternity hospitals. Unfortunately, the maternity hospitals are at maximum capacity and they cannot facilitate mothers or fathers to stay with their baby.

Parents must sort out private accommodation like local hotels or B & B’s. You can imagine the costs of paying for weeks/months for any type of private accommodation, the costs are astronomical and many mothers can't afford to be with their baby.The right to stay with a premature baby is taken from parents if they cannot afford to pay for private temporary accommodation. This is an injustice against families of premature babies.

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If you have a sick baby or child in a children's hospital, there is parent accommodation but unfortunately if you have a premature baby in one of the neo-natal intensive care units, you have no support, no help, and no accommodation. So parents are separated from their little sick premature baby, when the babyreally needs the love, touch and feel of their mother and likewise the mothers instinct is to be with her baby. We know of parents who have slept in cars or sold every valuable they have, just to be close to their little baby, and some parents can’t even do this and they are forced to stay miles away while their baby is alone. This is such a sad and difficult situation and it needs to be resolved.

Every parent in Ireland should have the right to be with their baby.

Please sign our petition so we can lobby our politicians, the government & the HSE to stop the unfair treatment of 100’s of parents in Ireland every year. Stand up against this discrimination.

Help to promote awareness of this problem, show your support and help us by passing this petition on to your family and friends.

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Thank you on behalf of all the parents of premature babies


This petition is sponsored by the charity Irish Premature Babies CHY19532 because we believe in ending the injustice of separating mothers and babies.


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