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Under 6 Free GP Scheme & Over 70's Free GP Scheme

All our practices are participating in the Under 6 Free GP Scheme. and Over 70's Free GP Scheme. The scheme's commenced on July 1st and August 5th respectively, so please register as soon as possible.

Please note that the Under 6 GP Care Scheme applies up to 6 years of age (age 0 – 5).

From 5th August 2015 everyone aged 70 or over, ordinarily resident in Ireland, will be eligible for free GP care regardless of income.

What do you need to do?

Medical Card Holders: If you or your child/children have a Medical Card or GP Visit Card they will automatically be registered for these new schemes.

Non-Medical Card Holders: If you or your child/children do not have a Medical Card or GP Visit Card you must register for these new scheme at gpvisitcard.ie

Pregnancy Care

Maternity Care Services

Every woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland is entitled to maternity care under the Maternity and Infant Scheme. Ordinarily resident means you are living here, or you intend to remain living here for at least one year. Ireland provides very high quality Maternity care, to both mothers and infants

Preparing For Pregnancy

If you are hoping to become pregnant there are a few things you can and should do to improve your general health and so help your pregnancy to progress smoothly. Most pregnancies are not planned, however, and still progress normally, resulting in a healthy mother and baby.

Rollercoaster.ie has a very useful article on pre-conception health

Stages of pregnancy

The first trimester (weeks 0-13):

  • The baby's development is greatest during this stage. By the end of week 13, it will be fully formed.
  • Some of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue and breast tenderness, will be most pronounced during these early weeks.

The second trimester (weeks 14-26):

  • During this time, the baby continues to grow and develop and the mother starts to gain some weight as extra fat is laid down as energy reserves.
  • The baby's movements in the womb can be felt and they may begin to develop patterns of activity.

The third trimester (weeks 27-birth):

  • The baby will start to lay down its own fat stores, going through rapid growth phases in preparation for birth.
  • The baby's lungs will mature and senses such as hearing, taste and sight will develop.
  • You may find it more difficult to get comfortable at night and you will need to urinate more often.
  • Practice contractions, known as Braxton Hicks, can be a regular feature.

Whooping Cough and Influenza Vaccines

It is now recommended for all pregnant women to receive the Whooping Cough and Influenza Vaccines while pregnant. Whooping Cough vaccine is now recommended for all pregnant ladies between weeks 27 - 36.  Please talk to your nurse that is providing your Ante-Natal care to arrange for your vaccination.

Useful Resources

HSE - Maternity Services

Breastfeeding.ie - high quality breastfeeding support services

Rollercoaster.ie - Pregnancy & Parenting website

Mummyservices.ie - Irish pregnancy website



 
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