The new €295m National Maternity Hospital, which is earmarked for construction on the campus of St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin, will accommodate all expectant mothers in their own private room.
The design is part of the long-awaited planning application seeking permission to build the hospital which was lodged with An Bord Pleanála yesterday.
The hospital, currently housed in an outdated and cramped building in Holles Street, is no longer fit for purpose to cater for its annual 9,000 births.
The application was held up due to the long-running dispute between the Holles Street board and St Vincent's Healthcare over the running of the new hospital. But agreement was reached in November.
Health Minister Simon Harris along with hospital master Dr Rhona Mahony and St Vincent's chairman James Menton yesterday said it was being fast-tracked through the An Bord Pleanála Strategic Infrastructure Development.
The HSE said the timescale for the new hospital depends on the planning process.
The hope is that progress can be made this year on the design.
The new development will cater for up to 10,000 births a year and include state-of-the-art obstetrics and gynaecology care facilities.
It includes five operating theatres; 50 neonatal intensive care and special care single cot rooms; 24 delivery rooms; emergency and outpatient departments; ultrasound facilities; and single in-patient rooms throughout.
A number of displaced St Vincent's hospital facilities will be included as part of the project.