If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, Ross Medical Practice is delighted to assist you on this wonderful journey.
Every woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland is entitled to maternity care under the Maternity and Infant Scheme.
This is usually provided as combined care between General Practice and your maternity hospital of choice.
We usually try to provide the initial examination before 12 weeks and then a further 5 examinations during the pregnancy, which are alternated with visits to the maternity hospital.
If you have a significant illness such as diabetes or hypertension, you may require extra visits to the GP.
Care for other illnesses which you may have at this time, but which are not related to your pregnancy, is not covered by the Scheme.
We encourage all women to get vaccinated against whopping cough and flu vaccine during pregnancy.
Please visit https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/pregvaccs/ for more information about this.
After the birth, we will examine your baby at 2 weeks and both mother and baby at 6 weeks.
In Ross Medical you will be under the care of a doctor and a nurse.
Please note we do not cover homebirths at present.
We aim to offer a holistic approach to your pregnancy and support you throughout your journey.
We are extremely lucky to have a qualified lactation consultant, Nurse Anna O'Donoghue, working in the practice as well to help you with any queries regarding breastfeeding. Anna’s website is http://www.breastfeedingkerry.ie.
We encourage any woman thinking of becoming pregnant to start folic acid at least 3 months before pregnancy.
We also encourage any women who is smoking to try to stop and we are happy to provide support in this field. Please visit your doctor for smoking cessation advice.
For more information please have a read of the following article for some pregnancy do’s and don’t’s. Please visit one of our team for further advice.
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