Have you had a baby in Dublin? Confused about system!(8 Posts)
Just found out I'm pregnant - between 4 and 5 weeks so v early days, but v excited.
DH and I moved back to Ireland a year ago, but have spent most of the last decade in the U.K. and I've realised all the knowledge I have about how things work is based on the NHS. I have acquired all this knowledge about NICE guidelines and anomaly scans based on Mumsnet and loads of friends with babies in England that I realise doesn't actually apply, and I don't want to ask Dublin-based friends with babies until I'm a bit further along.
I am failing to figure out what I'm meant to do next based on googling- I have had two positive pregnancy tests, clear blue one said 2-3 weeks. So.... do I go to GP now? Do they then refer me onto hospital?
Do all hospitals in Dublin not do 12-week scan as standard?- have been reading Irish sites like rollercoaster.ie and boards but it seems like it's different in different hospitals, which might depend on if you're public/private. We'll be public.
Can I switch gps midway through? I'm still registered at the GP near my parents house as I didn't get around to moving but it's miles away from where I live/work, I do want to get recommendations before I switch though so will probably get the ball rolling with them.
Any thoughts on Coombe vs Holles st as a public patient? Would like to go with Domino scheme and midwife-led care- also like the idea of a water birth, I think the Coombe are the only ones who offer and they're also closest to my house and work but I don't know anyone who has had their baby there. Friends have all gone rotunda or holles st, but they've also all gone private so not sure that experience will apply.
I feel so weird about the fact that I know everything about the process in the UK (or at least in England) and there are huge gaps in my knowledge about how it's done at 'Home'. Any advice would be much appreciated.
You usually go to GP first. They'll do a test and write a letter for the hospital. You usually contact the hospital yourself to book in. All GP appointments that are pregnancy related should be free of charge
Domino is meant to be excellent but check the catchment area online.
If Coombe is handiest then I'd go there. I think they're all much of a muchness.
You should get a 12 week scan and a 20 week scan as a public patient in Dublin (others if indicated). I'm not sure that a 12 week is guaranteed but everyone I know got one. Be aware that nunchal fold test is not offered as standard to public patients in Ireland. You may not even be told about it. You can get it done privately.
If you do combined care then you will alternate between your GP and the hospital.
Thanks so much- have made GP appointment.
Lots to think about, unfortunately it looks like DH won't be eligible for paternity leave (just about to start new job) and I'm sad that Ireland doesn't have the option of shared leave but I feel pretty confident my care will be good. I had a feeling tests for downs etc wouldn't be on offer here.
Another quick q, in the light of the current scandal about the new maternity hospital- I know holles st is under catholic patronage, and the rotunda under Protestant- what is the history of the Coombe? Is it secular? I've tried to find out and failed. I know it won't affect care (at least I hope not) but curious to know and would probably have a preference for a non-religious hospital on principle.
Had my babies in the Coombe. You will be well looked after. I was private so can't advise on booking in. Ask your GP about shared care. This is a system where you have some appointments with your GP and some with your Gp. There should be no problem with changing GP, not all GPs offer shared care, so lots of people change during pregnancy.
Appalazian- no matter what you read, none of them are secular. Both mine born in Holles St. My SIL had hers in Coombe while another had theirs in the Rotunda.
Congratulations on your new bump!
All the Dublin hospitals are great and offer 12 week and anomaly scans as standard. They don't offer screening for trisomies at 12weeks but you can opt to pay for this if you wish. None of them act based on religion at all.
Be aware that nunchal fold test is not offered as standard to public patients in Ireland. You may not even be told about it. You can get it done privately.
You don't need to go privately. Your GP can order them for you.
I got my 12w nuchal scans public in the Coombe.
My sis had her baby in holles st.
I get the impression the catholic hand is a bit heavier there.
Plus they only let the dad in mostly to visit and the grandparents for a couple of hours in the evening. It was madness. She was struggling with bfing and my mum couldn't go into her. It seemed to beyond their imagination that there might be family set ups beyond the traditional
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