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GP Visits and Prenatal Check Ups

What is Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care is the care that you get while you are pregnant.   Prenatal Care includes making good choices and going to the doctor for regular visits.  You are more likely to have a healthy birth if you look after your health during pregnancy.

When do I start my Prenatal Care?

As soon as you find out you are pregnant book an appointment with your GP.  This visit will be the first of your ante natal appointments.  Once your pregnancy is confirmed by the G.P you will receive a check up.  You will also be asked to fill out a form.  This form will be sent to the maternity hospital you plan to have your baby at.  You can choose which ever hospital you like.

How much does Prenatal Care Cost?

Prenatal care is free for every woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland under the Maternity and Infant Scheme.  Ordinarily resident means you are living here, or you intend to remain living here for at least one year.


For more information on the Maternity and Infant Scheme and on what to expect in relation to your Antenatal Care you can visit:


Maternity and Infant Care Scheme Everthing you need to know about your Antenatal Appointments

Our Lady of Lourdes Maternity Hospital Drogheda

Mid Wife Led Unit (Facebook Page) Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda

Maternity Care Options Ireland