Visiting Guidelines

Visiting Guidelines at The National Maternity Hospital during COVID-19

At The National Maternity Hospital, our vision is to ensure that your time with us is as safe and comfortable as possible. A warm welcome is extended to a nominated support person for all our patients. 

While COVID19 restrictions have eased across Ireland, hospitals are still considered to be high-risk areas. To ensure the safety of all patients, staff and visitors during this time, some visiting guidelines remain in place. We know this will be disappointing for some people and we appreciate your ongoing understanding and support. Please note, regretably no children are permitted in the hospital at this time. Guidelines are being reviewed on a regular basis.

Please ask your nominated support partner to wear a medical grade or surgical mask at all times while within the hospital. Waiting times may vary, we ask for your continued patience and cooperation.

​On compassionate grounds and on an individual basis, exceptions to the below guidelines will be facilitated.

Visiting Guidelines

Outpatients (antenatal, postnatal and gynaecological appointments)

A nominated support partner is welcome to accompany you for your

  • Scan appointments (including 20 week scan appointment)
  • Antenatal and postnatal appointments
  • Gynaecological appointments (Visitor Information)

Inpatients (antenatal, postnatal and gynaecological wards)

A nominated support partner is welcome to visit you during hospital visiting times (8am – 9pm. Monday to Sunday).

For women in labour (including delivery suite, caesarean sections and induction).

A nominated support partner is welcome to visit you once you have been admitted to a bed.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Parents of babies in our neonatal unit are welcome at all times.

* Please note, nominated support partners may be asked to temporarily leave for operational reasons/mealtimes.

Visiting advice for nominated support partners: 

We welcome a nominated support partner to visit all our patients and baby/babies each day under the following guidelines:

  • Our Portering Team will ask a few questions on entry. A surgical face mask will then be given and he/she will be asked to sanitise their hands. A surgical mask must be worn by support partners at all times, while in the hospital.
  • If your support partner has any symptoms of COVID19 such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell, they should not visit you while in the hospital to help protect patients, babies and staff from Covid19. Partners who are confirmed Covid positive are welcome to attend your baby's/babies' delivery. However, they are not permitted in antenatal or postnatal areas of the hospital to help protect staff, patients and babies. 
  • A NMH official visitor card will be issued to you at admissions for sole use by your support partner. Please do not share this card with anyone else to allow us to continue to limit footfall in the hospital.
  • We ask your support partner to please remain at your bedside. Please note that he/she may be asked to leave or wait before entering the ward if the unit is particularly busy at that time.

We very much appreciate your continued co-operation at this time.

What to do if you have a positive test for COVID19

If you have a positive test for COVID19, please answer the following questions:

Are you currently a smoker?
Are you 35 years or older?
Obesity (BMI greater than 30kg/m2)
Is this your 3rd baby AFTER 24 weeks (i.e. 24/40 or greater)?
Do you have a 1st degree relative with history of venous thromboembolism (DVT/PE)?
Assisted conception except for sole use of clomiphene
Is this a multiple pregnancy?

Having Covid19 is a risk factor in pregnancy. If you answer ‘YES’ to THREE or more of the above questions, please call the hospital on 01 637 3100 and ask to be put through to the Emergency Department for further assessment. (Please see FAQs at the bottom of this page for further information.)

If you answer YES to less than THREE of the above questions, please rest and isolate at home. When you are at your next scheduled appointment, please inform your healthcare professional that you had COVID19 giving the dates you experienced it.

If you need to attend the hospital or if you are in labour during your 10 day isolation period, please do not worry. Please call 01 637 3100 in advance of coming in and ask to be put through to the Emergency Department, so that we can put a safe care pathway in place for you.

All other visitors (including children), except for nominated support partners, are asked NOT TO VISIT at this time. We understand these are difficult asks for parents and families. Please be assured that your health and the health of your baby are our priority.


We kindly ask partner's/relatives not to send in fresh flowers as they cannot be kept/sent in inpatient wards. Thank you


Please click on the below link to FAQs at The NMH with regard to Covid19 in pregnancy

FAQs on Covid19 in pregnancy