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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 stages of labour

It is important to note that all labours and births are different, so this is a guide.

Tips for early labour

The best place for you to be when you are in early labour is at home, with familiar surroundings, family and friends. Firstly, you need to think positive thoughts. Labour pain is normal. Think of it as an experience that you must go through to meet your baby. Work with the contractions, go with your body and remember, you can do it!

The onset of labour differs between many women. Some women experience mild, short, regular contractions that have a long interval between contractions, e.g. 20 minutes. As labour establishes, the contractions become shorter and more painful, last longer and have a shorter interval, e.g. every 5 to 10 minutes. Some women start labour with contractions that are of long duration, feel painful and occur frequently, e.g. every five minutes.

First stage - early stage

Massage, TENS and warm baths are great soothers. Walking around helps the baby position itself for the labour. Music, television or watching a DVD provides diversion and helps you to relax. Small, light meals and fluids keep you hydrated and provide energy for labour. As labour progresses, your contractions will be more frequent, occurring every 2 to 4 minutes and lasting up to 60 seconds. Start your breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, and find a position that's comfortable. You may request pain relief if you need it, such as an epidural or 'gas and air'.

Second stage

Contractions will be more frequent and last up to 60 seconds. Once your cervix is dilated to 10 cm, you will feel the urge to push with each contraction. If you've had an epidural, your midwife will tell you when to push and when to hold back. This stage can last from a few minutes to an hour. You may feel a burning sensation as the baby's head becomes visible or 'crowns', stretching the birth canal.

You will be asked to pant and stop pushing so the midwife can check everything is okay and to allow controlled delivery, to avoid undue trauma to the perineum. The baby's head will turn toward your leg, the baby will be delivered and placed on your tummy, and the umbilical cord will be cut by the midwife.

Third stage

After a short pause, contractions come again around every five minutes so that you can deliver the placenta and membranes. This stage can last up to an hour.


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

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

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