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've just been voted the Best Midwifery Service in the UK for 2018 at the Parent & Baby Awards held by Lux Life Magazine
We're supporting 4Louis
This year we're supporting the 4Louis charity, supporting families through miscarriage, stillbirth and child loss - The UK has one of the highest still birth rates in Europe and the 4Louis charity is run by bereaved parents, for bereaved parents on a voluntary basis. They make memory boxes and send these out to parents who experience a still birth or miscarriage. Private Midwives will be making a donation for every care package or item bought from the store to the charity. Please help to support us by making a donation.