The Maternity and Infant Care Scheme provides a programme of care to all expectant mothers. It combines antenatal care provided by a family doctor (GP) of your choice and a hospital obstetrician. You are entitled to the service free of charge, even if you do not hold a medical card.
Patients would normally attend the GP or Midwife here before the 12th week of pregnancy. The practice midwife or GP provides a further 6 examinations during the pregnancy.
Two more visits after the birth – the first of which is at 2 weeks, when the GP will examine the baby, and the second at 8 weeks, when both mother and baby will be examined. This check at 8 weeks incorporates the traditional “six week check” in this practice.