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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.



The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time for all family members. As this is a very demanding time for mothers, we encourage you to make time for yourself and your baby. Limit your visitors and ask friends and other family to give you this space by not visiting until you return home.

Following the birth, a midwife will assess the mother on the ward, discuss transfer home and make the appropriate arrangements with the Paediatrician to facilitate this. The timing of transfer home can be as early as 12 hours post delivery if all is well with mother and baby.


The benefits of early discharge from hospital are considerable for mothers and babies who have no medical complication after delivery. In keeping with best international practice, the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has devised an early discharge initiative for mothers and babies. This intitiative does not apply to premature babies or twins.

Mothers and babies who are well can be discharged as follows:

  • between 24 and 36 hours after vaginal delivery for non-first-time mothers and their babies
  • at approximately 48 hours after vaginal delivery for first-time mothers and their babies
  • between 72 and 84 hours after Caesarean section for babies and their mothers who are 'up and about' and well


Depending on medical factors and where you live, some mothers and babies are also suitable for discharge within 24 hours as part of the Early Transfer Home Scheme, which allows you to have part of your postnatal care at home, where you will be seen by one of the hospital's midwives. Each year, more than 1,000 mothers use the Early Transfer Home option, with many availing of the scheme on subsequent babies. Click on the link to the right hand side of this page for further details.


Please vacate your room by 10.00am on the day of discharge to facilitate new admissions.

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

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033

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