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Home births

In some parts of Ireland you can request to give birth to your baby at your home. A free public service is provided by self-employed community midwives on behalf of the HSE.

You’ll be supported by 2 midwives at your home during your birth.

A home birth may be suitable if you have no history of medical or surgical problems that might affect your pregnancy and no current or previous pregnancy complications.

You will also need to register with a GP and a maternity hospital.

Talk to your GP and your local designated midwifery officer if you would like a home birth. They’ll be able to advise you if this is a safe option for you and your baby.

Private home births

Some women may choose to employ a private home birth midwife. The midwife will not be covered by the Clinical Indemnity Scheme in the event of any later medical malpractice claim or inquest.

You should make sure your private midwife has alternative insurance cover.

page last reviewed: 04/12/2018
next review due: 04/12/2021