A welcome video during COVID-19 by

The Master, Prof. Shane Higgins

Anomaly Scan at The National Maternity Hospital


As of 9th December 2020, your partner/support person is permitted to attend the Anomaly (20 week) Scan.

To continue to help protect you as our patient and our staff, we ask you to follow our guidelines:
  • You may attend your anomaly (20 week) scan with one named partner.
  • Please check-in to your appointment alone, due to limited waiting room areas.
  • When you are called for your scan, please text your partner/support person to join you. We ask that he/she waits until this text is received before entering the hospital.
  • You will both need to wear a face covering for the duration of your hospital visit in line with government guidance.
  • If you/support person are COVID symptomatic, awaiting a swab or a swab result or if you have had a positive test result in the last 14 days, you must NOT attend the hospital. Please contact us to rearrange your scan.
We very much appreciate your support and cooperation, thank you

NMH COVID-19 for Patients

Please contact the hospital on 01 637 3100 and ask for bleep 049 if you have any concerns about your pregnancy, especially reduced fetal movements.

For the safety of patients, babies and staff, ALL outpatients and visitors to The NMH must wear their own face covering at this time. We very much appreciate your co-operation with this.


COVID19 Vaccination for Pregnant Women

Important update - 14.5.2021


If you have an appointment to get your COVID19 vaccine today, please attend as scheduled in The Aviva Stadium.

For appointments next week, due to the current IT malware issues affecting the HSE systems nationwide, The NMH Covid Vaccine team will be holding your request for the vaccine, while the issues are being resolved. Please bear with us and we reply to you as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


We are in the process of establishing a Vaccination Programme for our pregnant patients.

The NMH COVID19 Vaccine Clinic will take place in Mass Vaccination Sites; initial clinic will be held in The Aviva Stadium, Landsdowne Road, Dublin 4, D04 W2FS.

If you are between 14 - 36 weeks gestation, you can expect to receive a text message from us in the coming days, if you have not already received one. The text will ask you to register your interest in getting a COVID19 vaccine, which will be either Pfizer or Moderna (dependent on mass vaccination site).

Once you are registered with us, you will then receive a phone call from our team with information about the mRNA vaccine and will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

There will be an appointment allocated to you from our NMH team to attend a mass vaccination site for your mRNA vaccine.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and ask that you please bear with us as we do our utmost to contact all eligible patients so that you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, if you wish to do so. This is in line with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Please read the COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid below, which has been specifically designed for pregnant women.

Thank you.


COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists together with the Irish Medicines in Pregnancy Service (IMPS) at the Rotunda Hospital have produced a COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women.

The decision aid, endorsed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and the National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP), is for women who are pregnant and who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in line with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The decision aid is intended to help you to make an informed decision about whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine before, during or after pregnancy. To view the aid, please click on the image below.

















Information on COVID-19 and Pregnancy for Women

This has been translated into the following languages, please click on link to view.

What to do if you’re expecting and you develop symptoms or get a diagnosis of COVID-19?

If you’re an expectant mother with symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19, it’s important to get in touch with us to let us know about your condition (01 637 3100). We can advise you and give you all the information you need about how this affects you.

Measures to Control the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection

Due to concerns about the potential spread of the COVID-19 Virus, we at The National Maternity Hospital have had to make some changes to how patients and visitors access the hospital:

  • Maternity Outpatient appointments: Please attend these appointments wearing your own face covering unless you hear from the hospital.   
  • Ultrasound Scanning appointments: Please attend these appointments wearing your own face covering unless you hear from the hospital. 
  • Antenatal Classes: All antenatal classes are cancelled until further notice.
  • Gynaecology: Clinics are gradually resuming. We are asking all patients to please attend appointments unaccompanied due to space issues and social distancing. Please arrive no more than five minutes before your allocated time and wear your own face covering. Our clinic hours have been extended to 07.30-18.30hrs and two sessions per day have been increased to three sessions, as we do our very best to see patients as quickly as possible. Renovations to the clinic are in progress and hopefully will be completed by October, we wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Phlebotomy Services are by appointmnet only. To make an appointment, please contact 01 637 3502/3504.
  • Physiotherapy Outpatient Appointments: Please attend these appointments wearing your own face covering.

Your medical team will be in touch with you to discuss how these changes affect you, and the resources you can access to keep you healthy during pregnancy.

COVID-19 - The NMH 4-point plan for any patient concerned they may have COVID-19:

When you go into labour: the isolation ward is specially designed to be a safe environment during labour and afterwards to keep you and your baby safe and well.
We’re here to help.
Please call us on (01) 637 3100

If your baby becomes unwell after discharge home:

If you have a diagnosis or symptoms of COVID-19, or your baby has been in contact with someone with COVID-19, it’s particularly important to observe your baby for signs of infection for at least 14 days after their last contact with the infection. As a first step, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the use of a thermometer and how to take your baby's temperature. It may be difficult in a baby to distinguish between signs of COVID-19 or any other type of infection. Please contact your doctor for further advice if your baby is unwell with any of the following symptoms:

  • abnormal temperature [<36.0°C or >38.0°C]
  • poor feeding
  • difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
  • lethargy or sleepiness
  • tummy upset - recurrent diarrhoea and/or vomiting

If you baby has a snuffly nose and/or cough but your child is otherwise well and DOES NOT have abnormal temperature or breathing difficulties, you can continue to observe them at home.

If your baby is unwell and needs to be seen by a doctor, call your GP to arrange a review or bring them to a children's hospital. If for any reason you need to bring your baby to a hospital or GP practice after discharge PLEASE PHONE AHEAD.

Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

I'm pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID Vaccine Decision Aid

I'm pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine

Updated Visiting Restrictions to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

We are absolutely delighted to anounce that restrictions have been lifted in our NICU and all mums and dads can now visit whenever they chose. Unfortunately, Grandparents cannot visit at present. We will continue to review our policy on a weekly basis.

Our neonatal service is a recognised centre of excellence and takes referrals for acutely ill and pre-term babies from across the country.  We care for approximately 1,300 babies each year.

We are acutely aware that our visitor restrictions were strict throughout COVID-19. As a tertiary level neonatal intensive care unit, we receive babies from all over Ireland and many are extremely preterm. Due to the speciality involved in taking care of our most vulnerable little baby bundles, we needed to protect our staff, so that they could continue to be here and give our babies the best possible care. We did our best to maximise technology available to us to facilitate video coverage of your baby and will continue to do so post COVID.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents and families for your understanding, respect, support and kindness throughout the past very difficult months, we really appreciate it. 

How to Register a Birth during Covid19

How to Register a Birth

During the coronavirus pandemic you can apply to register a birth or purchase a certificate of birth by e-mail or by post. There is no need for you to attend the civil registration service offices in person.

For more information, visit the HSE website here

Women’s Health After Motherhood - Course

Learn how to take care of your physical and mental health after giving birth and feel supported during the postpartum period.

This course will help you explore postpartum health problems and learn when to seek help as a new mother.

After giving birth, women can struggle to access reliable resources and trustworthy information regarding their own health. There can be confusion surrounding what is and what isn’t normal after giving birth and many mothers unnecessarily suffer in silence.

On this course, you will gain advice and strategies on how to prioritise postpartum care and help women support one another during the postpartum period. You will address common physical and mental health challenges after birth, learning how to help yourself and when to seek professional healthcare.

(in association with Trinity College Dublin)