Before your baby is born

Choices in antenatal care
Outlining the choices in antenatal care, combined, private, semi-private and public.

Flexible maternity services
An outline of more flexible maternity services offered by maternity hospitals.

Home birth
How to arrange a home birth.

Antenatal visits
During pregnancy, the mother and baby's health is monitored through antenatal appointments. Description of the booking visit and subsequent visits.

Antenatal classes
Antenatal classes are provided by your hospital and help parents prepare for the birth of your baby.

Maternity Benefit
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

Maternity leave
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 Benefit
A summary of Health and Safety Benefit for pregnant/breastfeeding women.
This document is in: Social Welfare > Social welfare payments > Families and children

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