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A parent to parent voluntary support charity

Why the bump2babe Guide?

The premise of the guide is the concept of informed choice for everyone. Our objective is that each user of the guide can easily access 'jargon-free' information to help in making informed decisions about their maternity care.

This guide was actioned, collated and designed by Cuidiú antenatal teacher and tutor, Niamh Healy, responding to the need for more up-to-date information on maternity services being made available to parents in Ireland.

The 2018 edition of the guide is a comprehensive on-line resource at The survey was designed to gather birthing statistics and to acquire information on services, policies & practices of all 19 maternity units and 2 midwifery-led units in the State. It was sent out in early 2016 and responses were received back in 2016-2017. All the maternity units voluntarily partook in what was a lengthy survey and we are very grateful to them for their willing engagement and time. With full participation of maternity providers, you can compare what is on offer in Ireland in terms of performance and services.

Cuidiú remains extremely proud of its ongoing achievement in producing the bump2babe guide. It is a unique resource that makes available otherwise difficult-to-access information which enables parents to make fully informed decisions about their maternity care.

Find out about your care options during pregnancy, labour and birth, and after your baby is born by visiting

This project was part funded by grant aid from the Hospital Saturday Fund.