Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda has the largest maternity unit in the region. It services Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan and parts of Dublin North East. Over 3,100 babies are born at the hospital each year.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda is part of the RCSI Louth Hospitals Group. It is a major teaching hospital, providing training for midwifes, nurses and medical students.
There are currently two Midwifery-Led Units (MLU) in Ireland, the units are located in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth and Cavan General Hospital, Co.Cavan.
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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda has a Midwifery-Led Unit (MLU).
The MLU is made up of a team of midwives who will take care of you throughout your pregnancy, labour and postnatal care.
During labour the MLU is a very different environment form that of a typical hospital delivery room. Rooms in the MLU are designed to be calming. They have equipment such as birthing balls, bean bags, birthing pools and music to help you through your labour. Women who use the MLU are more likely to have a natural birthing experience. They often have less of a need for an epidural or caesarean.
You will generally leave the MLU and return home between 6 and 48 hours after you have given birth. A member of the MLU will visit you each day for the next seven days. After those seven days the Public Health Nurse will take over the care of you and your baby.
This service is available to you if you have a low risk pregnancy, however if during your pregnancy there are any concerns your care will be transferred to an obstetrician for the remainder of your pregnancy.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital has a dedicated Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) for women who experience worrying symptoms during the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy, or for those who have a high risk history.
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