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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

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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.

Vhi Midwife Support Service

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


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. 

 

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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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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:

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.

Vhi 360 Health Clinic

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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