A welcome video during COVID-19 by

The Master, Prof. Shane Higgins

Anomaly Scan at The National Maternity Hospital


As of 9th December 2020, your partner/support person is permitted to attend the Anomaly (20 week) Scan.

To continue to help protect you as our patient and our staff, we ask you to follow our guidelines:
  • You may attend your anomaly (20 week) scan with one named partner.
  • Please check-in to your appointment alone, due to limited waiting room areas.
  • When you are called for your scan, please text your partner/support person to join you. We ask that he/she waits until this text is received before entering the hospital.
  • You will both need to wear a face covering for the duration of your hospital visit in line with government guidance.
  • If you/support person are COVID symptomatic, awaiting a swab or a swab result or if you have had a positive test result in the last 14 days, you must NOT attend the hospital. Please contact us to rearrange your scan.
We very much appreciate your support and cooperation, thank you

NMH COVID-19 for Patients

Please contact the hospital on 01 637 3100 and ask for bleep 049 if you have any concerns about your pregnancy, especially reduced fetal movements.

For the safety of patients, babies and staff, ALL outpatients and visitors to The NMH must wear their own face covering at this time. We very much appreciate your co-operation with this.


HSE COVID19 Vaccination Programme for Pregnant Women 

The NMH is currently assisting The HSE with identifying pregnant women who are eligible for the COVID19 vaccine. The hospital is a referral centre only for the first dose of the Covid19 vaccine for our patients and has no input or management of appointments for 2nd doses.


1st COVID19 vaccine

All patients between 14 weeks – 36 weeks & 6 days gestation are eligible for a COVID19 vaccine. The 1st dose should be received at or after 14 weeks of pregnancy.

If would like to receive the vaccine, please inform your clinician at your next antenatal appointment at The NMH or with The NMH Community Midwives.

  • Your clinician will fill in the vaccine consent form with you and the form will then be processed.
  • The NMH will contact you by text acknowledging receipt of your consent.
  • The NMH will then send a second text with the date of your scheduled vaccine appointment. Please note, this may take longer if you are in the earlier stages of pregnancy.
  • Within approximately 48 hours of your scheduled date, The HSE will text or call you with your allocated time. It is important to keep your phone on to ensure you receive this communication. 
  • Please use the reschedule facility in the text if you need to amend your appointment.
  • If you have any queries, please contact The HSE on 01 240 8787 and make sure to mention that you are pregnant at the outset of the call, as they are mostly dealing with queries by age category and you must receive an mRNA vaccine.
  • Vaccinations for patients of The NMH are currently being administered at The O’Reilly Hall, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.

The vaccine used will be an mRNA vaccine - either Pfizer or Moderna. Clinics are held on specific days depending on vaccine availability. 

Please read the COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid below, which has been specifically designed for pregnant women.

2nd COVID19 vaccine

The 2nd dose of the vaccine should be received before 36 + 6 days weeks of pregnancy.

  • When you are due your 2nd dose, which is normally after 4 weeks of receiving your 1st dose, the HSE will contact you with your appointment time and location via text or phonecall.
  • Please note, this may be within 48 hours of your allocated vaccination time. If you are unable to make this time, please use the reschedule facility in the HSE text.
  • If you have any queries, please contact The HSE on 01 240 8787 and make sure to mention that you are pregnant at the outset of the call, as they are mostly dealing with queries by age category.
  • If the 2nd dose is not given by the end of 36 + 6 weeks, it should be rescheduled until after you have had your baby. 

Once you have received your first dose, you are registered on the HSE vaccine system, who will contact you directly with your second vaccination date. The NMH has no input or management of appointments and we are no longer taking registration for the vaccine through email.

If you have received a vaccine elsewhere and are not attending your appointment, please email covidvaccine@nmh.ie to let us know, so that the appointment can be given to someone else who is waiting for it. Please note, bookings for a vaccine cannot be processed through this email address.


Thank you for your cooperation and support.


COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists together with the Irish Medicines in Pregnancy Service (IMPS) at the Rotunda Hospital have produced a COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for pregnant women.

The decision aid, endorsed by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) and the National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP), is for women who are pregnant and who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in line with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The decision aid is intended to help you to make an informed decision about whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine before, during or after pregnancy. To view the aid, please click on the image below.

Information on COVID-19 and Pregnancy for Women

This has been translated into the following languages, please click on link to view.

What to do if you’re expecting and you develop symptoms or get a diagnosis of COVID-19?

If you’re an expectant mother with symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19, it’s important to get in touch with us to let us know about your condition (01 637 3100). We can advise you and give you all the information you need about how this affects you.

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 wearing your own face covering unless you hear from the hospital.   
  • Ultrasound Scanning appointments: Please attend these appointments wearing your own face covering unless you hear from the hospital. 
  • Antenatal Classes: All antenatal classes are cancelled until further notice.
  • Gynaecology: Clinics are gradually resuming. We are asking all patients to please attend appointments unaccompanied due to space issues and social distancing. Please arrive no more than five minutes before your allocated time and wear your own face covering. Our clinic hours have been extended to 07.30-18.30hrs and two sessions per day have been increased to three sessions, as we do our very best to see patients as quickly as possible. Renovations to the clinic are in progress and hopefully will be completed by October, we wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • Phlebotomy Services are by appointmnet only. To make an appointment, please contact 01 637 3502/3504.
  • Physiotherapy Outpatient Appointments: Please attend these appointments wearing your own face covering.

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.

COVID-19 - The NMH 4-point plan for any patient concerned they may have COVID-19:

When you go into labour: the isolation ward is specially designed to be a safe environment during labour and afterwards to keep you and your baby safe and well.
We’re here to help.
Please call us on (01) 637 3100

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.

I'm pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID Vaccine Decision Aid

I'm pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine

Updated Visiting Restrictions to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

We are absolutely delighted to anounce that restrictions have been lifted in our NICU and all mums and dads can now visit whenever they chose. Unfortunately, Grandparents cannot visit at present. We will continue to review our policy on a weekly basis.

Our neonatal service is a recognised centre of excellence and takes referrals for acutely ill and pre-term babies from across the country.  We care for approximately 1,300 babies each year.

We are acutely aware that our visitor restrictions were strict throughout COVID-19. As a tertiary level neonatal intensive care unit, we receive babies from all over Ireland and many are extremely preterm. Due to the speciality involved in taking care of our most vulnerable little baby bundles, we needed to protect our staff, so that they could continue to be here and give our babies the best possible care. We did our best to maximise technology available to us to facilitate video coverage of your baby and will continue to do so post COVID.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents and families for your understanding, respect, support and kindness throughout the past very difficult months, we really appreciate it. 

How to Register a Birth during Covid19

How to Register a Birth

During the coronavirus pandemic you can apply to register a birth or purchase a certificate of birth by e-mail or by post. There is no need for you to attend the civil registration service offices in person.

For more information, visit the HSE website here

Women’s Health After Motherhood - Course

Learn how to take care of your physical and mental health after giving birth and feel supported during the postpartum period.

This course will help you explore postpartum health problems and learn when to seek help as a new mother.

After giving birth, women can struggle to access reliable resources and trustworthy information regarding their own health. There can be confusion surrounding what is and what isn’t normal after giving birth and many mothers unnecessarily suffer in silence.

On this course, you will gain advice and strategies on how to prioritise postpartum care and help women support one another during the postpartum period. You will address common physical and mental health challenges after birth, learning how to help yourself and when to seek professional healthcare.

(in association with Trinity College Dublin)