What to Expect From Semi-Private Antenatal Care
Choosing semi-private care varies in each hospital. Generally, you will attend a semi-private clinic for your antenatal appointments, where you will see your consultant or one of their team for each visit. You can choose combined care where you will see your GP for half of these visits.
The waiting period in the semi-private clinic is usually shorter than that of a public clinic. The number of visits and pregnancy scans varies from hospital to hospital, but you will generally have between 8-10 appointments for the duration of your pregnancy.
What will happen for the birth of my baby?When you arrive to the hospital in labour, you will be assessed by midwives, but a member of your consultant’s team will be on hand for the duration of your labour, should there be any complications. A member of the consultant’s team will be present at the birth of your baby under this model of care.
What happens once the baby is born?
Once your baby is born, you and your baby will be transferred to a semi-private ward where there are generally between four and six beds.
Your baby will most likely ‘room in’ with you, depending on your hospital’s policy, meaning that he or she will sleep beside you in a hospital bassinet.
How much will it cost?
Costs for semi-private care vary, but it usually totals about €4,000. This covers the cost of accommodation in a semi-private ward, antenatal clinics, delivery, anaesthesia and a certain number of scans. If you have health insurance, your provider will cover either all or a certain amount of these costs, depending on what plan you are on.
The pros of semi-private care
Visits may be more convenient and involve less waiting than in the public service. Your obstetrician or a member of his or her team will be available in case of complications, but you may not need to see them and will be attended by midwives.
The cons of semi private care The cost of this type of care will depends on what kind of health insurance you have as all fees may not be covered.