Birth Options in Ireland

If you are pregnant and living in Ireland, your care is supported under the State's Maternity & Infant Care Scheme. The following points and options available to women under this scheme are highlighted below, and a Birth Options Map is available to download.


Maternity & Infant Care Scheme

  •  Provides free Maternity care to all expectant mothers in Ireland 
  •  Service is provided by your GP alongside a hospital obstetrician / midwife / self-employed community midwife
  •  You don’t need to have medical / GP visit card
  •  Most GP’s in Ireland cover the scheme
  •  You are also covered for two post-natal visits to a G.P.
  • Irish Maternity System is mainly obstetric led. This means that the vast majority of women will be under the care of an obstetrician and their team 
  • Obstetricians are trained to deal with difficulties during pregnancy and labour and high risk cases 
  • Most Irish women (approx. 85%) will have normal pregnancies
  • Some of the options mentioned may not be available in your area, or may only be available in a limited capacity 
  • Others may not be available due to your health, or how your level of risk is perceived
  • Do your research and make an informed decision as to which option is the right one for you - then work toward making that option happen, if possible.


>Hospital Birth Options

     - Obstetrician Led Care

     - Midwife Led Care


If you want further information about your rights & entitlements while pregnant or a parent in Ireland, click here.

* This information is deemed accurate, April 2015, but is subject to change without notice. Specific options may not be available nationally and therefore, you must check the availability and details within your birthing district. We welcome any feedback and updates. Please use this information as a guide only.