Mother and Baby care:
The Mother and Infant Care Scheme provides care to all expectant mothers who are ordinarily resident in Ireland. A family doctor of your choice and a hospital obstetrician provides this service. At Dingle Medical Centre all our doctors are pleased to offer this service to our patients. You do not need a medical card to avail of this free service.
The doctor provides an initial examination, if possible before 12 weeks, and a further 5-6 examinations during the pregnancy, which are alternated with visits to the maternity unit or hospital. The schedule of visits may be changed by your doctor and/or hospital obstetrician depending on your individual situation. Where an expectant mother suffers from a significant illness affecting the pregnancy, e.g. diabetes or hypertension, up to 5 additional visits to the doctor may be provided.
Under this scheme we will look after you throughout your pregnancy free of charge and provide general support, advice on labour, breast feeding and looking after your new born. We will also see you and your new born free of charge at 2 weeks and 6 weeks after your delivery to make sure all is well with Mum and baby. We then recommend that you return when your baby is 2 months old for their first vaccination.