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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.


Pain Relief

The Department of Perioperative Medicine provides comprehensive care, including pain relief management to women undergoing surgery, as well as during pregnancy, labour and delivery. Besides clinical service, the Department has a very active research program that addresses issues at the forefront of current practice, such as pain management during labour, acute pain relief, recovery after day-case surgery and obstetric anaesthesia for the obese patient.

The range of services includes:

  • Pain relief in labour
  • Anaesthesia services for gynaecological surgery
  • Obstetric anaesthesia
  • Acute pain management after surgery, or delivery
  • Pain management during pregnancy
  • Pre-anaesthetic /labour evaluation clinic

Pain relief is available to help you cope with labour including:


Entonox is an equal mixture of two gases (nitrous oxide and oxygen) and is commonly referred to as 'gas and air'. It is widely used for helping women to cope with labour.


Birthing pool

A birthing pool is available, on a first-come, first-served basis, which can be used for labour and/or birth. This facility can be used by healthy, pregnant women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Presently, the facility is being provided under the umbrella of a research study. You can check whether you meet the criteria to use the birthing pool here.  Once you meet the criteria, you can learn more about using the birthing pool here


Pethidine is a pain relieving drug which is given by intra-muscular injection.

TENS Machine

This is a popular form of pain relief during labour. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is an application of painless electrical impulses through surface electrodes placed on the skin. TENS machines are available for hire or purchase from Medicare Rental & Sales (01 2014900 or


An epidural is given by an anaesthetist. This is the most popular form of pain relief and involves injecting a small amount of anaesthetic outside the spinal cord. A very fine, soft, plastic catheter is placed through the needle. Top-up drugs can be given through this as you need them. A pump filled with anaesthetic drugs can be connected to the epidural catheter, which can be activated by a hand-held switch.

Remifentanil Patient Controlled Anaesthesia (PCA)

Remifentanil is a morphine type pain-relieving drug, which acts very quickly, and is broken down rapidly by the body. This is given through a vein by a pump, which you can control yourself by pressing a hand-held switch.



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

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

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