Paul Maguire reports on operations conducted in Irish hospitals that left women so traumatised they have been unable to talk to close friends or even family members about the procedure.
Barbaric, archaic ? A midwifery of darker times. Just what does it take for the Irish political establishment to recognise the suffering caused by Symphysiotomy.
This RTE documentary features many of the survivors who were operated on illegally by hospitals and clinicians in Ireland and gives first hand testimony of their suffering.
Importantly, the documentary features opinions of experts in the field who oppose the practice from a present day perspective, but also highlights opposition to the policy of symphysiotomy by experts at the time these operations were performed.