After your baby is born

Overview Document There is a range of benefits and entitlements to support women who are having a baby. This document gives a general overview of these supports.

Registering the birth of your baby
Find out how to register the birth of your baby in Ireland and how to get a copy of a birth certificate.

Postnatal care for you and your baby
Find out about what happens at your postnatal check ups for you and your baby, and when they happen.

Breastfeeding
The Department of Health in Ireland recommend the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby. Advice, information and support is available for anyone planning to breastfeed.

Maternity care and the public health nurse
An outline of the post natal care provided by the public health nurse service.

Supports for postnatal depression
There are supports available for women with postnatal depression. Advice and contact information to help you through this difficult time.

Immunisations for children and young people
Vaccination and immunisation services for children are free of charge.
This document is in: Children's health

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: Leave and holidays

Maternity Benefit
Maternity Benefit is a payment by the Department of Social Protection to women on maternity leave from work. Find out more about Maternity Benefit and how to apply.
This document is in: Families and children

Parental leave
The Parental Leave Acts 1998-2019 allow parents to take 26 weeks parental leave from employment, up until their child’s 12th birthday.
This document is in: Leave and holidays

Paternity leave
Paternity leave gived new parents 2 weeks off work in the first 6 months after the birth or placement in the case of an adoption.
This document is in: Leave and holidays

Paternity Benefit
Paternity Benefit is a payment that is made to a person who is on paternity leave from work and covered by social insurance (PRSI).
This document is in: Families and children

Parent's leave
Each parent is entitled to 5 weeks paid parent’s leave for a child born or adopted on or after 1 November 2019. Parent's leave will change in July 2022.
This document is in: Leave and holidays

Parent's Benefit
Parent’s Benefit is a payment for people who are on parent’s leave from work and covered by social insurance (PRSI). Each parent gets 5 weeks payment in the child’s first year after birth or adoption. It is available for any child born or adopted on or after 1 November 2019.
This document is in: Families and children

Child Benefit
Child Benefit is a monthly payment to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age, or under 18 years of age if the child is in full-time education or has a disability.
This document is in: Families and children