January 27, 2022

Launch of new Kilkenny community midwifery service

The maternity department at St Luke’s General Hospital will officially launch its new Integrated Community Midwifery Service for women in the Kilkenny area this morning.

The official launch of the service – which has been operational for a year already – means women who attend St Luke’s maternity services are provided with greater choices in the type of care and birthing options, which were previously unavailable to them, including early home transfers and after birth care.

Clare Kennedy, Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioner (RAMP) and Clinical Lead for Midwifery Led services at St Luke’s said: “I feel this new service will offer choice to women in the type of care and birthing options that are available to them when attending SLGH Maternity services, which is safe, quality driven, evidence based and tailored to the individual needs of women and their families attending the Hospital.”

The service offers five different types of care for women:

  • Midwifery services for when a woman lives outside of the remit of St Luke’s Hospital;
  • DOMINO – Antenatal care, intrapartum care and postnatal care including house visits;
  • Vaginal birth after Caesarean section;
  • Continuity of Care;
  • Early transfer home when a woman is not suitable for midwifery led care but can avail of postnatal home visits.

The official launch takes place at St Luke’s General Hospital’s Education Centre at 10am.

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