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Growing your family

Fertility to maternity care and beyond

Starting your fertility journey

For some people, getting pregnant is plain sailing but for others, it’s not so easy. If you’ve been struggling to get pregnant for a while and feel you would benefit from additional advice and support, consider talking to your GP. They’ll refer you on to see a fertility consultant, if they feel you need some specialist advice. Vhi Healthcare has a range of benefits and supports to help you on your journey. 

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Fertility benefits

There are several fertility benefits you can access from egg freezing to frozen embryo transfer, depending on your plan.

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Investigations and treatments

As a Vhi Healthcare member, it’s reassuring to know you have access to, and cover for investigations and fertility treatments. Benefits are once per lifetime - you can check those covered on your plan by logging into MyVhi

Fertility testing

Cover includes a contribution towards an initial consultation and fertility tests like semen analysis and AMH (hormone) tests at a Vhi approved fertility treatment centre. 

Fertility treatments and care

Cover towards egg and sperm freezing, frozen embryo transfer and up to two cycles of IUI and IVF or ICSI. 

Holistic therapies

Focus on your overall wellbeing throughout your journey with cover for holistic therapies such as dietitian and acupuncturist visits.

Specialist counselling

If you need to talk about your fertility concerns, we can help with a benefit towards expert fertility counsellors.

Nationwide clinics

Vhi has approved fertility centres throughout the country. To locate the fertility centre closest to you visit here

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Maternity supports throughout pregnancy

Discovering you’re pregnant can be a very exciting and happy occasion. But, as you embark on this new journey, it can also be a little daunting. A good first step is to register with a GP. As a Vhi Healthcare member, you can also access a dedicated midwife with our exclusive Vhi Midwife Support Service thoughout your pregnancy.

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Vhi Midwife Support Service

A dedicated midwife providing 3 antenatal and 4 postnatal consultations. Supports include:

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Information on each stage of pregnancy.

Birthing plan preparation.

Physiotherapists.

Lactation consultants and formula advice.

Settling techniques.

Nutritionists.

Maternity care options

To help you choose the care that’s right for you, we’ve summarised the different options available. When making your decision, you should consider the following factors: what care is available in your area, continuity of care, cost, and the type of accommodation available when you’re admitted to hospital to have your baby. Find out more

Benefit bundle

The Vhi Mum and Baby Bundle includes an extensive range of benefits available throughout your pregnancy and after the birth of you baby. 

Breastfeeding consultations

Arrange a consultation through the Association of Lactation Consultants in Ireland. Pay directly and claim with Snap & Send.

 

Foetal screening

Foetal screening can provide reassurance to detect certain chromosome markers or possible issues with your baby’s development. 

Scans

An Early Pregnancy Scan is a more medically robust scan used specifically to give certainty on how a pregnancy is progressing. 

 

Emotional wellbeing

Finding out you're pregnant is usually a very emotional experience - you are either delighted, terrified or somewhere in between. Looking after your emotional and mental wellbeing is at the core of a healthy pregnancy. 

 

You should talk to your GP first, if you think you could benefit from some support. As a Vhi Healthcare member you also have access to our Emotional Wellbeing Package, a range of services and supports, designed to nourish a healthier, happier you.

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Perinatal mental health class

As a Vhi Healthcare member, you have access to a free Perinatal class offered in conjunction with The Baby Academy. This class, delivered by a Mental Health Midwife, will help to support and educate you on your mental wellbeing through pregnancy to early parenthood.

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Antenatal Depression

One in six pregnant women in Ireland are at probable risk of depression during their pregnancy*. Emotions can become overwhelming and hard to shift, negatively impacting on your ability to function in everyday life.

Expectant mothers may feel under pressure to have a ‘perfect’ pregnancy, to have the most photogenic bump, or to always have a positive attitude. It’s only natural to struggle with these pressures, and sometimes they can lead to darker emotions and make you feel depressed. This form of depression can be overlooked initially because it may be difficult to identify . But, talking to a qualified counsellor can help to discover and deal with these issues. If you feel you could benefit from some help, you can access a range of counselling services provided by our partners at nurturehealth.ie

Postnatal Depression

It is common to feel a little low a few days after your baby is born. The ‘baby blues’ describe weepy moments you may have during this time. Feeling overcome, emotional, and crying for no apparent reason is a very normal response to the massive change happening in your life. You can feel overjoyed and frightened all at the one time. The tears may start for no reason. Don’t be frightened by this, just go with it. As long as every day is not a tearful one you will be fine. However, some new mothers may have some more serious worries or thoughts. Postnatal depression is common. It can happen to any mother after having a baby, but it is more common if a woman has a previous history of depression. About one in eight women suff er from postnatal depression and many women have had some depressive symptoms during pregnancy.

If you have concerns or questions, contact the dedicated midwife assigned to you under Vhi Midwife Support service and they’ll guide you on how to access all the additional supports you need.

Dealing with a miscarriage

For most women their pregnancy progresses naturally and normally. Sadly, it’s not always the case; approximately one in every five pregnancies end in a miscarriage. The loss of a baby through miscarriage can be an unhappy, frightening, and lonely experience. It helps to remember that what you’re experiencing happens to many people. We all have different ways of grieving too, so give yourself plenty of time. It’s good to talk about how you feel, whether it’s to your partner, a family member, or a close friend. Or, if you know someone who’s been through a similar loss, it can really help you feel less alone.

At Vhi Healthcare we’re also here for you at this very difficult time. We offer a range of clinical supports that provide access to and cover for counselling sessions to help you and your family cope with the loss of a baby. For more information visit nurturehealth.ie

Your dedicated Vhi midwife can guide you through how to access all the additional supports you need.

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Terms and conditions

In order to use your maternity/fertility benefits, you must have health insurance for more than one year with any provider. A waiting period may apply if you decide to upgrade your cover when pregnant. A waiting period is not applicable to every maternity benefit.

Please note, benefits vary by plan. You can check the benefits you are covered for on your Table of Benefits in MyVhi.  

D-Day for delivery!

After nine months of anticipation and probably some nerves, it's time for delivery. With benefits towards maternity costs associated with birth like obstetrician and anaesthetist fees and hospital accommodation costs, you’ll also have cover towards your consultants’ visits before and after the birth. Benefits can vary depending on your plan.

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Support at home

When baby arrives, you can access a range of services at home including Vhi Midwife Support Service, Vhi NurseLine, Vhi Online Doctor and more. 

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Bundle of benefits for you and baby

We have also put together a Baby Bundle of Benefits to give you and your baby some extra support at this busy time:

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Your recovery will depend on how your pregnancy and birth went.

Recovery will be quicker for some women, while others may take a little longer to feel like they are back to themselves. If you feel that you are ready to leave hospital before your normal three days stay, you can use your Vhi maternity benefit towards the cost of a nurse to come to your home and help you settle in with your new baby.

Baby massage classes

Before babies can understand us, we often communicate and comfort them through touch. If a baby cries, for example, parents will hold, cuddle, or stroke them. Baby massage can increase awareness of your baby’s needs and support your early bond.

Baby swim classes

Swimming provides quality bonding time between you and your new baby. It also helps with building muscle, cognitive function and improves sleep and appetite.

Vaccinations for Meningitis B and Chickenpox

Immunisation is a safe and very eff ective way to protect your baby against certain diseases. These diseases can cause serious illness or even death. Your GP or public health nurse will give you information on the schedule of vaccinations.

For the vaccinations not covered under the childhood immunisation programme in Ireland, like the Meningitis B and the chickenpox vaccine, you can avail of them through your GP and claim back through Vhi Snap & Send on the Vhi App. 

New parents food pack

We know that thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner is the last thing you want to do, when you first have a baby. Not having to think about cooking will allow you to spend more time with your new baby too. That’s why we’ve partnered with Donnybrook Fair to provide you with a box of hand-prepared ready meals delivered to your door.

Paediatric First Aid

You have access to a training course designed to provide first aid to children and infants. You can learn to assess your child for injuries, how to perform CPR, take the necessary steps required to manage choking, bleeding, burns and certain medical conditions specific to children.

These benefits can vary depending on the plan you choose, but you can check out the benefi ts covered by your plan through MyVhi. And you can quickly and easily claim money back on your Day-to-Day medical expenses through Vhi Snap & Send on the Vhi App.

Everyday supports as your baby grows

As your little baby grows older, you might have new questions.  It's good to know that as a Vhi Healthcare member, you have access to a range of clinical supports for your child.

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Vhi Paediatric Clinic

The only clinic of its kind in Ireland, it is dedicated to the care of children from six weeks to 16 years of age.

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Vhi Clinical Call Centre

Our Clinical Call Centre will provide triage for minor illnesses and injuries. Should you need to see a doctor or a nurse, they can refer you to a Vhi SwiftCare Clinic/Vhi 360 Health Centre.

 

Vhi 360 Health Centre or Vhi SwiftCare Clinic

These health centres are dedicated to Vhi Healthcare members 12 months and older. Providing state-of-the-art and highly professional urgent care for injury or illness, you can check the Vhi app for the nearest one to you or find out more here

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