Discovering you are expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life.  Preparing for the new addition to your family should be an enjoyable time for expectant parents.  However, it can also be daunting, especially if it is your first child.

The National Maternity Hospital offers individual care to women before, during and after pregnancy to ensure all their needs are met.  We have a team of experienced midwives and consultant obstetricians, physiotherapists, dieticians and other health professionals, who are on hand to answer all your questions, no matter how big or small.  Educational classes to prepare you for childbirth are available for you and your partner, as well as exercise classes to help maintain general fitness and get your body ready for having a baby.

Each expectant mother receives one-to-one care throughout labour, so there is no question of being left alone at this crucial time.  During your labour the midwives and doctors always do their best to ensure your wishes for giving birth are met as far as possible.  Anaesthetists are available 24 hours a day to make sure you get the pain relief you require, and paediatricians and gynaecologists are also always on call.  Some women will require a caesarean section in order to have their baby delivered safely.  In some cases this is known in advance and it will be arranged as a planned procedure before your due date.  Sometimes a caesarean section needs to be carried out as an emergency during your labour, if it is thought that this is in the best interests of your baby.  In any event, a full explanation will be given to you and your partner to ensure you are aware of the reasons for decisions being made about your care.

The onsite Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Baby Unit care for babies born who may require medical treatment due to being born early or because they have become unwell. Our NICU is recognised as being a national referral centre and every year we receive and care for babies from every other hospital in Ireland.

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