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Maternity Registration Form

Maternity Registration Form

Even if you've had a baby at the Coombe in the past, all maternity patients must fill in a Patient Registration Form. Please return the completed form to us in order to receive your first appointment. Click the word 'more' (below) to download a copy of the form.

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Labour and Delivery

Most women go into labour around 37-42 weeks of pregnancy. Around this time it is normal to feel tired, heavy, have backache, a pressure sensation, pass urine frequently and have an increased vaginal discharge. It is important for you to rest and prepare for your baby's birth, have your hospital bag packed, including your hospital chart, if you carry it.

In 2011, the hospital opened a new Assessment Unit (on the 2nd floor beside the Delivery Suite). Mothers presenting with symptoms of labour are assessed in this unit by a team of midwives. Mothers who are not in labour may be discharged home once their assessment is normal.

When to come to hospital

  • If you think your waters have broken
  • If you have vaginal bleeding, other than a 'show'
  • If your baby is not moving as much as usual
  • If you think you are in labour.

How will I know if I'm in labour?

There are four main signs:

  • You may have backache or period-like cramps and a pressure sensation. This means that baby is moving down and the womb is preparing for labour
  • The pain may be associated with a 'show', which is a sticky, blood stained mucus discharge. This means the cervix is softening and thinning out in preparation for labour
  • The 'breaking of the waters', that is the leakage of fluid vaginally. This usually means that baby's head is moving down and your body is trying to start labour
  • The most obvious sign of labour is frequent and painful contractions. This means the muscles of the womb are tightening and relaxing in order to open the cervix and push baby downwards.

If this is your first baby

Everyone differs, however if you feel the contractions are becoming regular, stronger, lasting longer and you are feeling it more difficult to stay at home - come to the hospital. There is no big rush, as first babies usually take their time being born. If you're not sure whether you are in labour or not, please contact us on 01 4085200 and ask to speak to a midwife for advice.

If this is your second or subsequent baby

If you feel the contractions are becoming regular and stronger - come to the hospital. Remember to bring your hospital chart, if you carry it, along with your hospital bag.

For more information on the stages of labour and delivery, please click on the bars to the left hand side of this page.

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033
email: info@coombe.ie

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