In Ireland, most of the women who seek our care are looking for a home birth. We thought it may be useful to give you a little bit of background and explain the various options available to you.
Ireland has a long history of birthing at home, similar to every other country in the world. Increasing medicalisation of childbirth however has meant that the majority of babies are now born in hospitals. Current statistics show that less than 1% of all births occur at home.
In the following page, we will explain the history of home births in Ireland along with details on the various insurance and public insurance schemes that have been used over the years to aid pregnant women in the Republic of Ireland.