In 2014 English based company UK Birth Centres (UKBC) began offering a private antenatal, birth and postnatal service in the Republic of Ireland. They employed experienced midwives and provided a service which was woman-centred and facilitated informed decision making.
The service has grown in the past two years and a division of UKBC, Private Midwives Ireland, has been set up in 2016. Private Midwives Ireland aims to continue providing quality, safe and evidence-based care to women, babies and families in Ireland.
We know that a lot of our Irish clients will want to claim for their care via their insurance so the following information on this page will provide you with answers to some of the questions you are likely to have.
About Private Midwives
Indemnity insurance cover for our midwives is arranged through Private Midwives and proof of same can be provided on request. The level of cover is £10M.
Our midwives are all registered with the midwifery governing body Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI). Midwives are bound by their code of practice at all times.
All employees have yearly performance appraisals. Feedback from clients they have cared for is a large part of that appraisal.
Compliance with continuing education guidelines is expected. Our midwives undertake training over and above that which is normally expected and educational events are held throughout the year to ensure that the skills and knowledge of our midwives is up to date.
All of our midwives attend regular updates in areas such as infant and maternal resuscitation, shoulder dystocia, emergency breech birth etc. This training is provided by skilled midwifery colleagues, obstetricians, paediatricians and other experts.
We are registered with the Care Quality Commission in England – this is the regulatory body that inspects care providers. To be registered we have to have a very robust governance structure which includes external experts to review our clinical outcomes. This ensures our data is accurate and we are an organisation which is safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive.
Have a look at our midwife services for the Republic of Ireland
We want to reassure you that all our midwives and those working under our PRISM scheme, are fully insured and are here to care for you, as we are aware that some 'independent midwives' no longer have clinical indemnity insurance for births.