Pregnancy Health & Wellbeing

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! You are about to embark upon one of the most exciting and sometimes daunting journeys of your life.

Optimising your health and wellbeing during your pregnancy (antenatal care) is essential for you and your baby’s future health and wellbeing. Antenatal care involves several medical checkups and screening tests that help keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. It also includes education and counselling about how to handle different aspects of your pregnancy. We will discuss many different issues from healthy eating and physical activity, to screening tests you might need, and what to expect during labour and delivery. We will also be happy to discuss any concerns or queries you may have during your pregnancy.


Maternity and Infant Care Scheme

All expectant mothers are entitled to free in-patient public health services and a defined number of free GP visits during their pregnancy, under the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme. This scheme entitles you to:

  • A booking visit and five free GP visits during your first pregnancy.

  • One additional free visit (seven in total) for subsequent pregnancies.

  • Five additional free GP visits if you are living with a chronic condition such as diabetes.

Your Doctor will be able to advise you more on this. Your GP visits alternate with visits to your hospital of choice (see below). Your schedule of visits may be changed by your GP and hospital obstetrician, depending on your individual situation.

How do I apply for the Maternity & Infant Care Scheme?

We can provide you with an application form for the scheme, which you and your GP will both need to complete. We will return the completed form to the local health office on your behalf. You are free to attend any Doctor of your choosing in Briarhill Family Practice, once you have nominated our practice for the scheme.

Please be aware the Scheme only entitles you to free care concerning your pregnancy. GP visits concerning health issues outside of your pregnancy will incur a charge as the scheme does not cover these.

Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment.


Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway