For most women pregnancy and birth are a normal, healthy part of their lives. The care you choose to have for your pregnancy and birth will depend on a number of things. In this section we will explain the different options of care that we provide in the Rotunda and this will help you to decide what the right choice is for you.
Once you find out that you are pregnant you should make contact with the hospital and request an appointment for your first or 'booking visit'. A letter from your GP is not required. Ideally this appointment should take place between 12 and 14 weeks of pregnancy.
However, some women with medical conditions, for example diabetes, cardiac disease or epilepsy should be seen as early as possible in one of our specialist clinics. For further information on the specialist clinics available and how to access these services, please see the section on specialist clinics.
If you have no major medical or pregnancy related health problems you will probably go to your GP for some of your antenatal care. Antenatal care is known as 'combined care' when visits are shared between the hospital and your GP. The combined care service also gives your baby two scheduled newborn checks with your GP; the first at two weeks after the birth and the second at six weeks after the birth. You can also get a postnatal visit at six weeks after the birth.
Most women are entitled to free maternity care as a public patient.
Antenatal care is provided in the hospital’s outpatients department.
The clinics are usually held in the afternoon, except for the first booking visit and also some specialist clinics, which may be held in the morning or afternoon.
Midwives are recognised experts in caring for healthy pregnant women and their babies.
Semi-private care is now fully consultant led for outpatient appointments.
Women booking privately with a consultant obstetrician will have their antenatal care provided in the Rotunda Private Clinics.
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