Home birth services in the midwest have been suspended following a recent maternal death.

The woman has been named locally this evening as Laura Liston from Dunnaman in Croom, Co Limerick.

The UL Hospitals Group confirmed that it has "temporarily suspended" the home birth service in Limerick, Clare and north Tipperary pending a review.

In a statement, it said: "The staff of UL Hospitals Group and of the home birth service would like to extend profound sympathies to the family involved on their devastating loss."

The Irish Examiner reported that the tragedy occurred on 5 June after the woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Following the woman's death, the hospital group commissioned an external review of the home birth service in the midwest.

It said: "A group of external experts, including those with midwifery and obstetrics expertise, is being assembled to conduct the review."

The experts will look at "patient safety, clinical governance and any other issues arising" as part of their work.

The decision to suspend the services will affect a number of women who had planned to have home births.

The UL Hospitals Group said it has "made contact with the small number of women in the region who were due to have home births in the coming months in relation to continuing their care".

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, UL Hospitals Group Chief Clinical Director Professor Brian Lenehan said: "I extend my sincere condolences of the family of that patient but will not be commenting further.

"Anyone planning a home birth would have been contacted and advised to attend the maternity hospital when in labour."