Community & General Midwives Clinics

There are two Midwifery led clinic care options for pregnancy: The Midwives Clinic and the Community Midwives.

Midwifery Led Clinic

Midwives have been offering Antenatal Clinics since the 1980s in the National Maternity Hospital. This Clinic is run in conjunction with a consultant-led clinic.

The Midwives Clinic is a popular choice with women as it provides an opportunity to avail of a personal service where women are cared for by the same midwives for all their antenatal care. Many women who choose the option of the Midwives’ Clinic return to use it again for subsequent pregnancies.

Once you attend the Midwives Clinic, your midwifery care for the birth of your baby and postnatally is provided by a team of hospital-based midwives. If you wish to avail of this service, it is important that you inform your consultant or midwife on your first visit.

Women who attend this service have combined care with their GP's.

The service also provides mixed risk satellite antenatal care in conjunction with a consultant obstetrician as well as a postnatal early transfer home programme (ETHP)

The antenatal clinics take place in  the National maternity hospital, St. Michael's Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Ballinteer and the Health Centres in Bray, Loughlinstown, Greystones, Arklow and Wicklow town.

 

Community Midwives

This is a Domino and Homebirth service that provides continuity of care and choice to low risk women throughout pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

Women who attend this service have combined care with their GP's. The antenatal clinics take place in St. Michael's Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, the Primary Health Centres in Leopardstown, Pearse St and Churchtown and the Health Centres in Bray and Greystones. There are seven Domino and homebirth clinics weekly.

Detailed information is available below.

Domino

This is midwifery led care from the beginning of your pregnancy, during labour and until your baby is 5-10 days old. Antenatal care is provided by a team of midwives in one of our community based clinics. Our ethos while caring for you and your baby is to encourage and support normal childbirth with minimum intervention, with the aim of early discharge from 6 hours post delivery. The team will continue to provide postnatal care, support and advice in the comfort of your own home, for 5-10 days following discharge from the hospital.

Who can avail of these services?

  • Women living within a specific geographical area
  • Women who are deemed at low risk of complications during pregnancy and birth

To register for a Domino delivery please email commw@nmh.ie with your first date of your last period and your contact number.

Homebirth

The Community Team offer a homebirth service to low risk women living in the south Dublin area. Women who choose this service will attend a satellite clinic of their choice and also have a home visit to discuss their homebirth plan in detail. Two of our midwives will attend the birth of your baby with follow up care from our team in your home.

Who can avail of this service?

  • Women living within a specific geographical area
  • Women who are deemed at low risk of complications during pregnancy and birth
Community Midwifery Satellite Clinics

Following an initial booking visit with a Consultant Obstetrician in either the main hospital or one of our satallite clinics you have the option of attending a midwives clinic in Dun Laoghaire, Ballinteer, Bray, Greystones, Wicklow town, Arklow and Loughlinstown. For further information click here.

Early Transfer Home

A team of midwives will provide postnatal care, support and advice in the comfort of your own home for women living in the South Dublin and North Wicklow area. This includes weighing your baby and performing the Newborn blood spot screen.  Women wishing to avail of this service may leave hospital 12-36 hours following the birth of their baby. This is arranged on the postnatal ward and there is no advanced booking. Should you wish to avail of this service please ask your midwife if you are suitable.

Who is suitable for this service?

  • Women living within a specific geographical area
  • Available to public patients only with the aim of alleviating accommodation pressures on public wards.
Information Booklets

Pregnancy Booklet 

Labour & Birth

Homebirth Booklet

Breastfeeding

 

 

Booking in and Contact Details

Domino Scheme / Homebirth
For the Domino Scheme, you will need to know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period or your expected delivery date. Please call early as spaces are limited.

Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 15.00hrs
Tel: (01) 637 3177

Community Midwife Satellite Clinics
Dun Laoghaire or Ballinteer Bookings
Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 15.00hrs
Tel: (01) 637 3177

Bray, Greystones, Wicklow Town, Arklow and Loughlinstown Bookings
Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 16.00hrs
Tel: (01) 637 3527