A welcome video during COVID-19 by The Master, Prof. Shane Higgins
Patient Information Line
For further COVID-19 information, please call our dedicated line on 01 637 3511.
It will be operational seven days a week 8am - 8pm beginning from 4pm on Wednesday 18th March.
Please do not leave messages outside of these hours.
The National Maternity Hospital has put together an information resource regarding COVID-19 and Pregnancy for women, please click on the picture below to view.
This has been translated into the following languages:
Informații pentru gravide cu privire la COVID-19 (Romanian)
Informations pour les femmes sur COVID 19 et la grossesse (French)
Información para mujeres sobre COVID-19 y embarazo (Spanish)
Informazioni su COVID -19 e gravidanza per le donne (Italian)
Hebrew מידע זה פותח על ידי רופאים עמיתים מהעיר דבלין. מטרתו לספק מידע עבור נשים לגבי קורונה 19 והריון
Überblick über COVID-19 in der SchwangerschaftI (German)
Копия информации для беременных относительно рабочей зоны COVID-19 (Russian)
Informacje dla kobiet w ciąży dotyczące COVID-19 (Polish)
نسخة من المعلومات للنساء الحوامل بشأن منطقة العمل COVID-19 (Arabic)
(Urdu) کرونا وائرس سے متعلق حاملہ خواتین کے لئے معلومات
An informational guide to keeping healthy during pregnancy has been created, please click on the picture below to view.
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 unless you hear from the hospital.
- Ultrasound Scanning appointments: Please attend these appointments unless you hear from the hospital.
- Antenatal Classes: All antenatal classes are cancelled until further notice.
- Gynaecology and Physiotherapy: All Gynaecology & Physiotherapy Outpatient appointments are postponed due to COVID-19 until further notice.
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.
Visiting the Hospital
In order to protect mothers, babies and staff we ask that you follow the guidelines below when you visit the hospital:
Please visit the hospital alone if you are:
- Attending for an Antenatal Visit.
- Attending for an Ultrasound Scan.
- Admitted as an Inpatient to a Ward including induction of labour.
- Visiting your baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Visiting is restricted to mothers only, for 15 minutes a day until further notice.
You may bring a birth partner/support person with you if you are:
- Attending the Labour Ward or Theatre for a caesarean section.
All other visitors to the hospital, including children, are asked NOT TO VISIT at this time. We understand these are difficult asks for parents. Please be assured that your health and the health of your baby are our priority.
The NMH 4-Point Plan for patients concerned that they have COVID-19
- Phone ahead to let us know about your condition on 01 637 3100.
- Do not travel to the hospital on public transport.
- Please phone again when you arrive outside the hospital, so that we can meet you and bring you safely to the area which has been prepared for your arrival.
- When we meet you, we will give you a mask to wear and ask you to wash your hands or use an alcohol gel. We will also be wearing protective gear, so please do not be alarmed.
We know it can be hard to remember these extra steps, especially when you’re in labour, but following this 4-Point Plan will really help the hospital to look after you and your baby.
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.
A special note for expectant women or new Mothers who are experiencing domestic violence
Patient Information Leaflet
Coronavirus and Maternity Advice
Link to Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Advice Page