What to Expect From Private Antenatal Care
For the duration of your pregnancy, you will attend the private clinic of your hospital for your antenatal appointments and you will see the same consultant for every visit. You may choose combined care, and see your GP for half of these visits.
The number of visits and scans you will receive during your care varies from hospital to hospital, but you will have about ten visits in total.
What will happen for the birth of my baby?
If you choose private care, your consultant will try to be present for your baby’s birth. If he or she cannot attend, they will arrange for a colleague to act in their place for the birth.
What happens once the baby is born?
Once your baby is born, you will be moved into a private room (providing one is available) where you and your baby will sleep for the duration of your stay.
If you choose a private hospital, your baby may sleep in the nursery while you rest as much as possible in the days following the birth.
How much will it cost?
The average cost of private maternity care is about €5,000, including the consultant’s fees, hospital accommodation, scans and antenatal care. If you have private health insurance, your provider will pay out a certain amount on these costs, depending on what plan you choose.
The pros of private care
You will see your own consultant at each antenatal visit; visits may be more convenient and involve less waiting than in the public service; your obstetrician will attend your baby’s birth; you will go to a private room with your new baby (depending on what’s available).
The cons of private care This is the most expensive maternity option; your obstetrician may not be available for the birth and another doctor will attend.