Máthair & Leanbh
Mother & Baby Services
Pre natal care and fertility advice
We would be delighted to support you during your pregnancy and after. We provide ante-natal care free of charge under the HSE Mother and Infant Scheme. This scheme provides an agreed programme of care to all pregnant women with a valid PPS number.
The schedule of visits is as follows:
1st GP visit-before 12 weeks
1st hospital visit-before 20 weeks
24 weeks -GP visit
28 weeks -GP visit (Hospital if it’s your first pregnancy)
32 weeks -Hospital visit
34 weeks -GP visit
36 weeks -Hospital visit
37 weeks -GP visit
38 weeks -Hospital visit
39 weeks -GP visit
40 weeks -Hospital visit
- Flu and Pertussis Vaccines
- Two weeks post-natal check for baby
- Six weeks post-natal check for mother and baby
Long acting contraception
- Mirena/copper coil/implanon insertion and removal
- If you require emergency contraception it is important to attend the practice as quickly as possible after intercourse. Should emergency contraception prove necessary we will counsel and discuss treatment options.
- Cervical check is a national cervical screening programme which provides free cervical screening for all women aged between 25 and 60 years. cervicalcheck.ie
We offer the full childhood vaccine service.
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect your child against serious diseases.
The risks of these diseases are much greater than the risks of any minor side effects from vaccinations.
The HSE provides funding to ensure that all eligible babies receive the scheduled vaccines at the appropriate times, free of charge from their GP.
At birth you register your baby’s GP at the hospital. The hospital will notify the Immunisations Office who will send the relevant paperwork to your GP.
The vaccination schedule changes from time to time. For all babies born after 1st October 2016, the schedule consists of 5 visits to the GP between the ages of 2 and 13 months for the following vaccinations:
2 months 6 in 1, Men B, PCV, Rotavirus
4 months 6 in 1, Men B, Rotavirus
6 months 6 in 1, Men C, PCV
12 months MMR, Men B
13 months Hib, Men C, PCV.
More information on these vaccines is available on the immunisations.ie website.
The booklet, ‘Your Child’s Immunisations – A Guide to Health’, produced by the HSE is available at the surgery or can be downloaded from the immunisations.ie website.
Parental concerns about vaccine safety
We will try to address any concerns that you may have at your child’s consultation.
In recent years vaccines have been linked to several childhood conditions.
However, vaccine DO NOT cause autism, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, allergies, asthma or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
In 1998 a controversial study was published in The Lancet (a highly regarded medical journal) by Dr Andrew Wakefield, claiming a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
The signs of autism usually become noticeable at about the age when children are given the MMR and so it was wrongly assumed that there was a link.
Extensive research into the MMR vaccine, involving thousands of children, was carried out in UK, US, Sweden and Finland. It showed no link between the MMR and autism.
One Danish study looked at every child born between 1991 and 1998. During that time 8 out of 10 children (82%) received the MMR. Researchers looked at records of more than a half a million children and found that the risk of autism was the same in both immunised and non-immunised children.
Are vaccines safe?
The vaccines used in Ireland are safe.
All medications can cause side effects, but with vaccines these are usually mild, for example slight fever / sore arm or leg at the site of the injection. Serious side effects are extremely rare.
All the recommended childhood vaccines are licenced and regulated by the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority)or the European Medicines Agency.
They are only licenced for use when they have been shown to be both safe and effective.
All our GP’s are registered providers of the GP Under 6’s scheme.
If your family are patients of Crescent Medical Centre register for your Under 6’s free GP care.
To register online, Click here https://www.pcrsonline.ie/portal/free-gp-care-web/pub. Remember when registering you must select one of the GP’s at Crescent Medical Centre as your GP of choice to avail of this service.
- Baby checks
- Asthma management
- Height and Weight Check
Under 6’s GP Visit Card: This provides free GP visits for children under 6 years of age, as well as growth assessments at 2 and 5 years, and specialised care plans for children with asthma.