From Boom To Maternity

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RTÉ Two, Monday 6 February 2012, 9.30pm

Writer Maia Dunphy is a child-free 35-year-old who recently married her partner of three years, the UK Comedian Johnny Vegas, and now all everyone wants to know is...."when's the baby due?"

But the Irish birth rate has been shooting up over the past 3 years. From 48,000 births in 1994 to a current 75,000 per year...and rising. The maternity services are straining to cope, and with falling incomes and exorbitant childcare costs many Irish mothers are choosing to stay at home while absent fathers work punishing hours to keep the bills paid.

Against the backdrop of the biggest baby boom in the history of the Irish state, Maia Dunphy looks at the realities of giving birth in Ireland in 2012 and asks...if everyone else is doing it, why can't I? The journey takes her from a fraught life swap with a 29-year-old full-time Boom Mum in Dublin's Donaghmede to the stark realisation that, in reproductive terms, 35 is not as young as she'd hoped.






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