Case of the week

Midwife Ann Kelly (pictured left) has won a lengthy legal battle in Ireland's Supreme Court, allowing her to continue practising. The Irish Nursing Board has waged a u1m legal campaign against her, arguing her practise of natural childbirth and belief that mothers should be able to choose the kind of birth they want, is "a danger to patients". Kelly, who has been banned from practising since August 1997, now faces a further two inquiries and could still be struck off. Kelly's case has sparked furore in Ireland, with her supporters accusing the medical establishment of waging a "witch hunt" against her. Her legal team is acting pro bono.