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Going semi-private

Semi-private care is only available in Dublin maternity hospitals.

If you choose semi-private care, a consultant obstetrician (pregnancy doctor) will have the overall responsibility for your care. You’ll meet a consultant or a specialist obstetrician each time you go to the hospital.

During and after the birth

During the birth, you’ll be cared for by midwives with additional support provided by the hospital doctors if needed. You’ll stay in a semi-private ward after the birth.

If a semi-private ward is unavailable, you might stay in a public ward until a semi-private bed becomes available.


You’ll have to pay a fee for semi-private care. Most people use their private health insurance to cover this fee. Check with your insurer.

You should also register for the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme.

Your baby's 2 week and 6 week checks are done with your GP.

Page last reviewed: 14 June 2023
Next review due: 14 June 2026