Every woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland is entitled to maternity care under the Maternity and Infant Scheme. Ordinarily resident means you are living here, or you intend to remain living here for at least one year. Ireland provides very high quality Maternity care, to both mothers and infants. You can access a list of public hospitals that provide Maternity Care below. Private hospitals also provide Maternity Care in some areas, but details of these services are not listed here. To find out which hospital is nearest your home, or to get directions to a Maternity Hospital, visit our Map Centre.
In January 2016 Ireland’s first National Maternity Strategy Creating a Better Future Together was published. The strategy is a roadmap for the improvement of services over the next ten years and identifies four priorities:
Home birth can be a safe option for low risk healthy women. Research shows that a planned home birth is an acceptable and safe alternative to a planned hospital birth for some pregnant women. For more information and support please visit the National Home Births Services section.
For information and support on Breastfeeding, see the HSE's dedicated Breastfeeding Support website.
For information on how to register a birth, visit the HSE's Civil Registration Service section on this site. You can also purchase copies of Birth Certificates, once the birth is registered, on Certificates.ie.
If you have a medical card, you should apply for your newborn baby to be added to your medical card as soon as they have been assigned a PPSN. Read more about Medical Cards here.
The following Irish public hospitals provide Maternity Care services:
Coombe Women's Hospital | National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street | Rotunda Hospital
South and South East
Cork University Maternity Hospital | Kerry General Hospital, Tralee | South Tipperary General Hospital | St Luke's General Hospital Kilkenny | Waterford Regional Hospital | Wexford General Hospital
West and North West
Galway University Hospitals | Letterkenny General Hospital | Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar | Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe |Sligo General Hospital
University Maternity Hospital, Limerick
Cavan / Monaghan Hospital Group | Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar | Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise