Classes and Support Groups

Classes and Support Groups

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While you are under the care of the National Maternity Hospital, you can avail of a variety of support services designed to give you that little bit of extra care should you need it. We have a number of specialist staff and teams who are available to provide you with additional help, support and advice to complement the care and treatment you are already receiving.

Antenatal Education

The Antenatal Education team play an essential role in promoting, and helping you maintain good health in pregnancy and beyond. We aim to help prepare women and their partners for childbirth and the changes and challenges that their new baby will bring to their lives. 

  • Pregnancy Wellbeing
  • First time mothers/parents preparation for labour and delivery, baby care and postnatal classes
  • Young Mums and Dads(women aged 18-21yrs)
  • Refresher
  • VBAC (vaginal delivery after caesarean section)
  • Introduction to Hypnobirthing
  • Elective section (for women who know they will be having a planned c section)
  • Preparing for Breastfeeding (led by Breastfeeding Midwife)
  • Partners' Only
  • Twins 


Breastfeeding gives your baby the best possible start in life as it has lots of benefits for both you and your baby that last a lifetime. There are two Breastfeeding classes available for patients.

  • Preparing to Breastfeed 
  • Breastfeeding Postnatal Support Clinic


The Physiotherapy Team provide excellent, patient centred, innovative and evidence based care for the physiotherapy management of maternity, gynaecological and neonatal conditions.

Pregnancy Well-being Online Antenatal Classes for First and Second Trimesters
 Early Pregnancy Wellbeing Antenatal Classes help guide women to optimise their health in Pregnancy.

Each tailored class is led by hospital specialists giving mums-to-be a chance to hear valuable information from different departments within the hospital. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Healthy Bodies After Birth Class
This class covers postnatal physical recovery for Mums in the early postnatal period and is open to both antenatal and postnatal Mums up to 12 weeks following birth..


There are three specialised Consultant-led bereavement clinics providing follow up care for couples who have experienced pregnancy loss through miscarriage and stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Support Group
We welcome any one who has experienced loss through ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy or first trimester miscarriage .This group is open to women/ partners who have attended the National Maternity Hospital and is facilitated by a Midwife Specialist in Bereavement & Loss .

Pregnancy after Loss Support Group
Are you navigating a pregnancy after previous pregnancy loss or baby loss? If so, you may be experiencing a lot of different heightened and difficult feelings, particularly anxiety. We know that being pregnant after previous loss can be really challenging and it can be difficult to talk to others about how you’re feeling and how you’re experiencing this pregnancy.

In recognition of this, the bereavement service and perinatal mental health team would like to invite you to our support group; Navigating Pregnancy After Loss (PAL).

You can always talk to your midwife or doctor at any of your antenatal visits about how you are feeling. You can also contact the bereavement midwives by phone on 01 637 3225 or email to if you need any further advice or support.

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics 

  • Tús Maith Healthy Lifestyle Groups for women with weight concerns or BMI >25
  • New Dietitian led "Coping with Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy" support webinar
  • Healthy Pregnancy Class 3 - Nutrition in Pregnancy for First Time Parents
  • Nutrition for Preterm Babies - after Neonatal Unit stay.  

Group webinars are part of the service for women newly diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes jointly with Diabetes Midwives. Lifestyle Class also provided.

Perinatal Mental Health

Mental Wellbeing Classes led by the Perinatal Mental Health Team

Healthy Minds in Pregnancy and Beyond
For all Antenatal patients and their partners 

Supporting Postnatal Emotional Wellbeing
For both Antenatal or Postnatal patients and their partners

Neonatal Discharge Coordinator

  • Education Classes for Preterm babies
  • CPR Classes for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Depending on the parent need, these are run individually or as a class.