Community Based Midwives
Midwives are recognised experts in caring for healthy pregnant women and their babies.
The community based midwives work between the Rotunda and the local community. They provide maternity care to low risk women, who have no history of medical or surgical problems, which might affect their pregnancy. A previous complicated pregnancy or birth may also mean that care cannot be provided by the community midwives. Antenatal care is provided in the local community. You will be admitted to the Rotunda for labour and birth. If all is well with you and your baby, you will be able to leave hospital between 6 and 24 hours after the birth. The midwives will continue to care for you and your baby with visits at home for up to a week after the birth.
If complications arise during the pregnancy, the community midwives will link with the obstetricians in the hospital. You will continue to receive the safest option of care depending on your circumstances. This service is offered under the public care options available in the Rotunda.
This service includes:
- Community based midwifery antenatal care in local health centres
- Antenatal classes
- Discharge from hospital between 6 and 24 hours following birth
- Postnatal care offered up to 7 days after the birth in the home
There are two options for midwifery-led antenatal care:
The midwives will provide your antenatal care (including the booking visit) in the community and will organise your parent education classes for you in the hospital. This option of care is currently available to women with low risk pregnancies living in the Cabra, Finglas, Ballymun and Coolock areas. See the clinic details below.
For further information on this service or to make an appointment with the community midwives, please phone 01 – 817 6849 or 817 6850.
Community Midwifery Led Clinics
This option of care allows you to attend a midwife led antenatal clinic in your local health centre. This service is provided in the Darndale, Swords and Blanchardstown areas and women who had their initial booking visit in the outpatients department in the hospital can avail of this service. At the booking visit please tell the midwife that you would like to attend the clinic in Darndale, Swords or Blanchardstown for the remainder of your antenatal care. The midwife will give your contact details to the community midwifery team.
For further information on this service or to make an appointment to attend one of these clinics, please phone 01 – 817 6849 or 817 6850.
Community Midwives’ Clinic Times:
|Blanchardstown||Roselawn Health Centre||Monday||5.00 pm – 8.00 pm|
|Darndale||Darndale Health Centre||Tuesday||10.00 am -12 noon|
|Coolock||Coolock Health Centre||Tuesday||5.00 pm – 8.00 pm|
|Finglas||Wellmount Health Centre||Wednesday||2.00 pm – 5.00 pm|
|Swords||Swords Health Centre||Wednesday||5.00 pm – 8.00 pm|
|Ballymun||Ballymun Health Centre||Thursday||2.00 pm – 4.00 pm|
|Cabra||Cabra Health Centre||Friday||9.00 am – 12 noon|
|Rotunda||Outpatients Department||Friday||4.30 pm – 6.30 pm|