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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 will have the overall responsibility for your care, and you’ll meet a consultant or a specialist registrar in obstetrics 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.


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.

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