After your baby is born

Registering the birth of your baby
An outline of how to register the birth of your baby in Ireland.

Postnatal care for your baby
An introductory document to postnatal care for your baby.

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

Your health after birth
An outline of postnatal supports available to women in Ireland who have given birth.

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

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.

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

Parental leave
The Parental Leave Acts 1998-2019 allow parents to take parental leave from employment up until their child’s 12th birthday. From 1 September 2019 you can take 22 weeks parental leave and from 1 September 2020 you can take 26 weeks.
This document is in: Leave and holidays

Paternity leave
Information about statutory paternity leave, which is available since September 2016.
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 2 weeks paid parent’s leave for a child born or adopted on or after 1 November 2019.
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 2 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