Full midwifery care is provided by Kirsty, in conjunction with the HSE to support low-risk women having babies in their own homes.

Kirsty works with the multi-disciplinary team in UHK to ensure gold standard care and practice is provided to women and their families across the Cork and Kerry areas.

Following your routine dating scan at twelve weeks and anomaly scan at twenty weeks you will see the lead obstetrician for sign-off to the home birth scheme. From this point on, Kirsty will provide full antenatal and postnatal care until fourteen days postnatal when your care is handed over to the public health nurse.

Your first appointment with Kirsty is your antenatal and booking appointment scheduled at around twenty-five weeks. This appointment is followed by eight antenatal appointments at weeks 28, 32, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40 and 41.

After birth, you will have postnatal appointments on postnatal days 1, 3 and 4 which will include newborn blood spot screening and weighing in. Another appointment follows on day 8 with your final discharge appointment by day 14.

Kirsty will be on call for the delivery from thirty-seven weeks gestation. Kirsty works closely with Sinead Murphy, who will be the second midwife at your home birth.

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, Kirsty is unavailable for the birth a transfer into UHK may be required unless a midwife (and a second) can be allocated. We try our utmost not to let this happen, but your safety is the main priority. If this situation arises, this will be communicated to you promptly.

For more information and to discuss booking please contact me here via the contact page or via www.corkandkerryhomebirth.com

We look forward to meeting you and supporting your journey to motherhood.