Postnatal Care


The birth of your baby is an exciting and challenging time for you. We at the National Maternity Hospital recommend peace and quiet to all new parents during the early stages following the birth of their baby. The world outside can wait a while. Postpone visits from friends and relatives until after you have arrived home and spend your time at the NMH getting to know the new person that has entered your lives.
Please ask your friends and family to adhere to our Visiting Hours

Caring For Your Baby

Breastfeeding Information and Booklet

Postnatal Booklet


During your stay with us your baby will have some or all of the following:

  • Regular check by the midwife to confirm the well being of your baby
  • Physical examination by a Doctor from the Paediatric Team on day 2
  • ‘Heel prick’ test for metabolic disorders (Guthrie)
  • Vaccination against TB (BCG) by HSE Public Health Doctor

It is important that you are aware and understand these procedures and to check they have been completed during your baby’s stay in the hospital. For more information please ask one of the midwives.

Baby Clinic (up to 6 weeks only)

This clinic operates for babies who have been in the Special Care Baby Unit or by referral from the Paediatrician. It operates on a strict appointment system from Monday – Friday (mornings only). Should your baby need to return to this clinic you will be given an appointment. Should you need to change your appointment please call 01 6373440.

Out of hours (emergency only)

In an emergency please contact your GP or the hospital 01 6373100. The hospital service is only available up to 6 weeks post delivery. If your baby is more than 6 weeks old you should contact your GP or one of the Children’s Hospital.

Children's University Hospital, Temple Street 01 878 4200
Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin 01 409 6100
National Children's Hospital, Tallaght 01 414 2925

Six-Week Check-up

The Hospital is not in a position to provide the 6 week check up. You should return to your GP for your six-week postnatal check-up unless you have been advised to return to the hospital. If you are attending the shared care option with your GP – there is a two-week optional visit with your GP for your baby included in this shared care plan.

The 6-week check up is an important examination as it gives the GP an opportunity to assess the baby’s growth and development. It also involves another head to toe examination, as again, certain medical conditions may only come to light at this time.

Birth Registration

(Civil Registration Act 2004)
It is the duty of the parent(s) to register the birth of their baby within three months of the date of birth. The registration of births can take place at any registration office throughout the State.

When attending a civil registration service office / private registrar to register a birth, you should contact the chosen office prior to attending to ensure that your baby’s Birth Notification Form (BNF) is available to the Civil Registration Service. Please ensure you bring your own valid form of photo identification. Please wait ten working days from the day of discharge from hospital before contacting your local office. Information leaflets issued by the General Registrars Office (01 6351000) can be obtained from our Post Natal Wards giving a list of the different Registrar’s Offices available throughout the State.

If you have any queries please contact our Birth Registration Department on 01 6373189. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am till 4.00pm.