Before your baby is born
Choices in antenatal care
Outlining the choices in antenatal care, combined, private, semi-private and public.
Maternity and infant care services
The public health service provides free maternity services for all expectant mothers for the period of the pregnancy and for 6 weeks after the birth.
This document is in: Health Health services Reproductive health
Flexible maternity services
An outline of more flexible maternity services offered by maternity hospitals.
How to arrange a home birth.
During pregnancy, the mother and baby's health is monitored through antenatal appointments. Description of the booking visit and subsequent visits.
Antenatal classes are provided by your hospital and help parents prepare for the birth of your baby.
Maternity Benefit is a payment by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to women on maternity leave from work. Find out more about Maternity Benefit and how to apply.
This document is in: Social Welfare Social welfare payments Families and children
All female employees are entitled to maternity leave from work immediately before and after the birth of their child.
This document is in: Employment Employment rights and conditions Leave and holidays
Health and safety at work
Employers' responsibilities to employees regarding health and safety measures in the workplace.
This document is in: Employment Employment rights and conditions Health and safety