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Professor Fionnuala Breathnach

Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine RCSI

As a certified specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Rotunda, Professor Breathnach’s practice focuses on obstetric care, particularly on obstetric ultrasound. Her clinical areas of interest include high risk pregnancy, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and twin pregnancy. Her practice offers prenatal screening for chromosomal abnormality, prenatal diagnostic techniques including amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) and advanced prenatal ultrasound services.

She is the lead obstetrician in the combined obstetric-endocrine service at the Rotunda. Together with a consultant specialist endocrinologist, dietician and specialist midwives, this team provides coordinated prenatal and postnatal care for women with diabetes in pregnancy. She completed her doctorate thesis on thyroid function in pregnancy.

Fionnuala also offers integrated prenatal care to women whose pregnancies have been complicated by a prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenital heart disease. This service is coordinated with our paediatric cardiology colleagues in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Professor Breathnach graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997. She pursued higher specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Rotunda Hospital, Coombe Women and Infants’ University Hospital and St. James’s Hospital in Dublin. She worked as assistant master at the Rotunda from 2004 to 2005 before completing a maternal fetal medicine fellowship programme in the Rotunda Hospital and in Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

The recipient of several research awards, she has published and presented internationally on endocrine disease in pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis and prenatal screening for fetal abnormality. She is the lead researcher on a multicentre national study on twin pregnancy in Ireland. As Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she is involved in research and medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Professor Breathnach sees women for prenatal care and for pre-conception consultation in her office in the RCSI unit on the Rotunda Hospital campus (Tel: 01 4022540; email
She is married and has four children.

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