first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSachievementhealthLimerick City and CountyMaternity HospitalNewsUMHL Linkedin WhatsApp NewsHealthAnna is University Maternity Hospital Limerick’s first midwife sonographerBy Staff Reporter – June 18, 2019 2860 Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img Email Previous articlePodcast: Taking burlesque to the ‘Wild Atlantic Cabaret’ #WeAreLimerickNext articleMetal shows roll into town and Limerick has a party Staff Reporter Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list pictured at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) as it celebrated International Day of the Midwife to highlight the vital role these professionals play in the health of mothers, newborns and their families.Pic. Brian ArthurANNA Gleeson has become the first midwife-sonographer to practise at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL).Healthcare professionals providing antenatal ultrasounds have traditionally come from a radiography background but a shortage of sonographers nationally has seen practitioners start to enter through the midwifery route.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ms Gleeson has 30 years’ experience as a midwife and has recently obtained an MSc in Ultrasonography from University College Dublin. Her qualification is a positive development for women accessing maternity care in the MidWest. Anna was supported in her training and supervised by radiographer colleagues in UMHL and the Department of Radiology at University Hospital Limerick.pictured at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) as it celebrated International Day of the Midwife to highlight the vital role these professionals play in the health of mothers, newborns and their families.Pic. Brian Arthur“I was always interested in ultrasound and, in fact, I had done a short course on it in the UK in the past. Nothing came of that but when the opportunity came up and the hospital sought expressions of interest for a Masters in Ultrasound, I gave it serious consideration,” explained Ms Gleeson, from Kilteely, County Limerick.“When you work in a hospital, you are always going on courses to maintain and improve your skills but an 18-month commitment up to masters level is of a different order. I have five children to look after but everyone at home and at work was very supportive and I decided I would take that opportunity. It was a big commitment as it involved travelling to UCD two days every fortnight for one and half years; and a lot of study and assignments in between!”“To be honest, I was something of a matriarch in my group, which was made up of midwives and radiographers in the main. My interest, because of my background, was obviously in obstetrics and gynaecology but there were others doing the course because they wished to pursue their own interest in soft tissue or in circulation, where ultrasound also has a role.”Obstetric ultrasound services are internationally recognised as essential in providing good antenatal care. It is through ultrasound that pregnancies can be accurately dated, the gender of the baby identified and any anomalies picked up. The role of ultrasound in improving mental health in pregnancy, in providing reassurance and in strengthening the bond with baby is also recognised.Healthcare professionals who provide ultrasound imaging services need to be highly educated and highly skilled to practise and manage their caseloads in an era where pregnancies are more complex; the average age of mothers is increasing; diabetes in pregnancy is on the rise and there are more multiple births due to IVF and other factors.“The clarity of the image is vital and while the theory is all well and good, the important thing is learning a new skill so you can master the imaging techniques. A woman going in for her scan will see the sonographers making it look easy but that only comes with a lot of training; and hand-eye co-ordination is very important,” explained Ms Gleeson.These practical skills were mainly acquired locally, working with the radiographer sonographers and fetal medicine specialists in UMHL. She also spent some time in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street and in the Rotunda Hospital. Ms Gleeson works in both the main ultrasound department and in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit at UMHL. The role, she said, is very varied.“It is a special job to be there at such a happy time for women as their pregnancy is being confirmed and they themselves can see the first real pictures of their baby.  Equally, it can be a sad or difficult time especially when miscarriage is diagnosed. The way ultrasound technology has developed and improved over the years, we are more likely to pick up  deviations from the norm and, in that way, we can help mothers and their partners by referring them on to the right service and the right people, whether that be foetal medicine or cardiac services and so on. And they are therefore better prepared for follow-on care after the birth of their baby. It also helps labour ward staff plan the birth to ensure the specialties needed for the baby are present at the birth thus ensuring the best possible outcome.”Margaret Quigley, Director of Midwifery, UL Hospitals Group, commented: “We are delighted that Anna has been successful in her masters which gives her the qualification to perform prenatal ultrasounds.  She is the first midwife to work in our ultrasound department and we are very grateful for all the support she has received in the unit. We have a plan for another midwife to start the journey that Anna set out on 18 months ago and to continue to support this as a career choice into the future.” TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

first_imgThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 30-year-old inmate was beaten to death by two other inmates over a food debt.The incident occurred on Tuesday on the second-story walkway of a maximum security dorm for violent inmates.According to the report, the deceased Shawn Holliday Jr, 20-year-old Brett Crosby and 41-year-old Christopher Jackson, all got into an altercation over a food debt.Two detention deputies noticed the incident taking place and ran to break up the fight. That’s when they say they saw Crosby stomping on Holliday’s head.Holliday Jr. was said to have suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Lakeland hospital where he later died.Crosby and Jackson have since been charged with murder.last_img

first_imgAfter her win on Friday — in the same city where she hopes to feature in September’s world championships — Semenya said she was fighting a bigger battle beyond the track.“This is all about inspiring the world. This is more than a game, more than sports. This is about human dignity, human pride. What you do if youre inspiring the world.“People fight me, I don’t fight them. I live life and I enjoy it.”Aleck Skhosana, president of Athletics South Africa, told AFP in Johannesburg that Semenya’s performance had put her critics firmly in their place.“We are excited that Caster has done what she is known for … despite all the challenges that she is facing,” said Skhosana.“We encourage her to stay focused and do what she does best — which is to run and conquer the world.”Elsewhere on Friday in the Qatari capital, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith cruised to victory in the 200m.The European champion won in a season-leading 22.26sec ahead of Jamile Samuel of the Netherlands and Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare.Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi won the men’s 1500m, holding off a late charge from training partner Timothy Cheruiyot to win in 3min 32.21sec.Hellen Obiri also starred for Kenya with the world cross country champion powering home to win the women’s 3000m in 8min 25.60sec.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Caster SemenyaDoha, Qatar | AFP | Caster Semenya won the 800 metres at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday in her first race since losing her appeal over a controversial gender ruling, claiming “actions speak louder than words”.The South African, a two-time Olympic champion, timed 1min 54.98sec to defeat Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who clocked 1min 57.75sec and Ajee Wilson of the United States in 1min 58.83sec.Semenya’s victory could be her last over 800m before new IAAF rules governing testosterone levels come into operation on May 8.Hoever, asked if she intended to take hormone-suppressing treatment, she said: “Hell no. No way.“I don’t know what will happen next. But no-one should tell me what to do, if people want to stop me from doing something that’s their problem, not mine.”After setting a new meet record, she told the BBC: “Actions speak louder than words. When you’re a great champion you always deliver.“With me, life has been simple. I’m just here to deliver for the people who love and support me. I’m enjoying each and every moment of my life maybe because I have the love I need from my people.”Semenya, 28, was only added to the 800m start list in Doha on Thursday morning, a day after her appeal against a new rule regulating testosterone levels for women athletes was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).She had challenged the measures, introduced by the IAAF, that will force women with higher than normal male hormone levels — so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes — to artificially lower the amount of testosterone in their bodies if they are to continue competing.The rules will come into effect on May 8 and will apply to athletes competing in races over distances of 400m to the mile.Semenya hinted at quitting the sport in a tweet Thursday, saying: “Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity.”last_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — LeBron James got ghost in his season-opening appearance for the Cavs in an embarrassing home loss to the hapless New York Knicks.King James, who made his celebrated return back to Northeast Ohio (which encompasses his hometown of Akron and nearby Cleveland) after four straight NBA title appearances and two consecutive championships, was weirdly detached and aloof during most of the 95-90 loss before an overflowing sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena in a revived downtown Cleveland, shooting an abysmal 5-15 and causing eight turnovers to finish with 17 meaningless points.The other parts to the Cavs Big Three put in work in James’ mysterious and baffling offensive absence. Kyrie Irving scored 22 and 7 assists, while big-ticket free agent finished with Kevin Love added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs.While James was disappointed and embarrassed by his turnovers and overall performance, social media delighted in his failure, constructing some hilarious memes mocking the ballyhooed beginning (or new beginning) to his Cavs career. Take a look at some of the funniest LeBron James memes from Thursday night’s contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks.last_img read more