You can choose to have your antenatal visits in a clinic led by midwives. This option provides continuity of care to low risk women throughout pregnancy. Women who are expecting multiple births, who have had a previous caesarean section*, raised BMI or who whose antenatal course runs into complications including hypertension, and placenta praevia cannot be seen by a midwife only. All women who attend midwifery led clinics have combined care with their GP.
There are two types of services that are midwifery-led: the Community Midwifery Service (Domino/Homebirth) and the Midwives Clinic. Please click here for a summary of both options.
The Community Midwives
The Community Midwives are a team of midwives based in the National Maternity Hospital, providing maternity care to low risk women. This care is delivered in combination with your GP. We also provide Community Midwife Satellite Clinics.
There are four options within this service:
- Early Transfer Home (ETH) Programme
- Community Midwife Satellite Clinics
Who can avail of these services?
- Women living within a specific geographical area (Download Map).
- Women who have no medical/surgical history which might affect pregnancy.
The Community Midwives from the National Maternity Hospital hosted a Homebirth Symposium on the 25th of November 2013. Click on the link to read more about this successful event.
This is the term used to describe midwifery care from the beginning of your pregnancy, during labour and until your baby is 5-10 days old. Antenatal care is provided by a group of midwives in a Community based clinic. Our ethos while caring for you and your baby is to encourage and support normal childbirth with minimum intervention. Transfer home following the birth is usually 6-12 hours once there are no complications with either the mother or the baby. The team will continue to provide postnatal care, support and advice for up to 5-10 days following discharge from hospital.
The Community Midwives offer the choice to low risk women living within the South Dublin area to give birth at home (see Map above). Your booking appointment is normally when you are 12-14 weeks pregnant. The remainder of your care can be done in the comfort of your own home or in one of our clinics. Please download the homebirth booklet below for further information..
A team of midwives will provide postnatal care, support and advice at home for women living in the South Dublin and North Wicklow area (download map above). Women wishing to avail of this service may leave hospital 12-36 hours following the birth of their baby. This can be arranged on the postnatal ward following the birth. There is no booking in advance required. This service is only available to public patients.
Following an initial booking visit with a Consultant Obstetrician and a scan in the National Maternity Hospital. You can have the option of attending a midwives antenatal clinic in Dun Laoghaire, Ballinteer, Bray, Greystones, Wicklow Town and Arklow.
How can you avail of this service?
You can contact our office on (01) 637 3177 to arrange your first appointment. The Community Midwifery Services Information Brochure is now available below to download
Monday, 9 November 2015 - The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street proudly launched two information booklets created by the Community Midwifery Domino and homebirth scheme for mothers-to-be and a research based evaluation report on the Midwifery led Domino and Homebirth Service. The booklets aim to educate on pregnancy and birthing preparation, promoting health and positivity around pregnancy. The Booklets can be viewed/downloaded from the links below.
* Please note, the Early Transfer Home Programme is only available to public patients