Digital Repository of Ireland, Maynooth University
BA, MA, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher and Digital Archivist
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Lorraine Grimes has a PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway. Her thesis titled ‘Migration and Assistance: Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain 1926-1973’, examines the institutionalisation of Irish unmarried mothers in Mother and Baby Home institutions in Britain, and explores issues of maternity care, adoption, socio-economic class, unmarried fathers and advocacy for unmarried mothers in the 1970s.
Lorraine has worked on a number of projects including the World Health Organisation funded project; ‘Reproductive Health: The Implementation of Abortion Policy in Ireland’ which developed policy recommendations to the Department of Health, HSE and other key bodies on developing women’s access to abortion in Ireland.
Lorraine has co-authored an NUI Galway report on ‘Galway Medical School and the Medical Examination of Infant Remains’ and has a number of forthcoming publications focusing on unmarried motherhood, maternity care and stillbirth in Britain and Ireland.
Lorraine is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Maynooth University on the project ‘Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th’.