Neonatal Unit

How to Register a Birth

When your child is born, the hospital staff, doctor or midwife will send a birth registration form to the civil registration service. You will still need to register the birth within 3 months of the date of birth. You can do this at any civil registration office, no matter where in the Republic of Ireland your baby was born.

Neonatal Intensive Care

Premature or unwell newborn babies are cared for in our specialised Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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.

Babies require admission to the Neonatal Unit for a number of reasons from babies born preterm or with a low birth weight that require careful monitoring to some full-term newborns that may have health problems such as infection, jaundice, difficulty in breathing, cardiac or surgical problems that require specialised care.

The Neonatal Unit, which was completely re-built and renovated in 2016, is located on the first floor of the NMH. We have a 35 bed Level 3 NICU consisting of three wards and an isolation area. It is staffed by Consultant Neonatologists, Registrars, Senior House Officers and a highly skilled specialist team of Neonatal Nurses.  The unit also offers advanced technology to monitor and care for babies.  In June 2018 the NMH offically launched the John Pollard MRI Suite. The acquisition of an MRI scanner means that very sick and premature babies no longer need to be transported across the city for vital, lifesaving scans but will now, with our own designated MRI Scanner, not need to leave Holles Street.   

If your baby requires surgical intervention a transfer can be arranged to the appropriate paediatric hospital for treatment.

A wide range of Support Services are available during this difficult time.

Useful Links

Click on the following icons for services that provide help and support to the families of preterm babies: