Antenatal Doula – Birth Mentoring Package

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My Birth Mentoring Services – Antenatal Childbirth Preparation Package includes:
  • A free consultation on the phone to decide whether I am a good match for you and your partner
  • Four  antenatal visits in your own home to discuss your needs in labour and to help you draw up your birth preferences  and to focus on  birth preparation

Topics covered include

  •  How to support early labour at home
  •  Proven Pain coping and breathing techniques for early labour
  •  How to recognize labour is becoming active
  • How to create a toolbox of physical support items you might use during early and active labour
  •  When to go to the hospital
  •  How to advocate for your partner
  •  How to understand information on the benefits and risks of procedures and interventions
  • How to avoid unnecessary routine interventions
  • How to best manage an induction
  • How to create an effective birth preference sheet
  • Strategies to cope with the unexpected such as a c birth
  • Effective massage and affirmation techniques
  • Seeing  birth as a rite of passage
  • Exploring  the time line of birth and how we move through from early labour to birthing the placenta,
  • Creating and using your own visualisation tools
  • Exploring attitudes to the intensity  and sensations of labour
  • Exploring strategies to cope with the intensity of birth. including physical, emotional and visualisation strategies.
  • Examining anxieties  and fears,
  • Finding our inherent coping skills,
  • Preparing a birth tool box,
  • Looking at the evidence base surrounding birth interventions
  • Understanding what pharmacological pain medications are available during labour in a hospital setting,
  • Exploring how to work with midwives and other staff you may meet on your journey,
  • Identifying what happens to your body and your baby as you move through labour and birth
  • Ensuring you are prepared for a cesarean birth should one occur.

Antenatal sessions last approximately two hours. In addition:

  • Phone and email support during pregnancy and for up to two weeks postpartum
  • One postnatal visit 

The charge for this service is €600, of which a non-refundable €200 deposit is due at booking. The remaining balance is due in two €200 instalments at each of the antenatal visits.

My Birthing again Birth Mentoring Package is designed for those couples who just want a refresher course and includes:
  • A free consultation on the phone to decide whether I am a good match for you and your partner
  • Two  antenatal visits in your own home to discuss your needs in labour and to help you draw up your birth preferences  and to focus on  birth preparation. Topics covered will include some of the following:
  • How to support early labour at home
  • Proven Pain coping and breathing techniques for early labour
  • How to recognize labour is becoming active
  • How to create a toolbox of physical support items you might use during early and active labour
  • When to go to the hospital
  • How to advocate for your partner
  • How to understand information on the benefits and risks of procedures and interventions
  • How to avoid unnecessary routine interventions
  • How to best manage an induction
  • How to create an effective birth preference sheet
  • Strategies to cope with the unexpected such as a c birth
  • Effective massage and affirmation techniques
  • Seeing birth as a rite of passage
  • Exploring the time line of birth and how we move through from early labour to birthing the placenta
  • Creating and using your own visualisation tools
  • Looking at the evidence base surrounding birth interventions
  • Birth Story Medicine
  • Looking at residual fears from previous births
  • De briefing previous experiences
  • Building a tool kit for this birth
  • Exploring visualisations and pain coping mechanisms both physical and emotional
  • Preparing for a VBAC,

Antenatal sessions last approximately two hours. In addition:

  • Phone and email support during pregnancy and for up to two weeks postpartum
  • One postnatal visit

The charge for this service is €400, of which a non-refundable €200 deposit is due at booking. The remaining balance is due in two €100 instalments at each of the antenatal visits.

One-off private antenatal childbirth preparation classes:
  • A private class in your own home at a time that is convenient to you and your partner  Sessions are tailored to your own specific needs.
  • Sessions will focus on some of the following depending on your personal preference
  • How to support early labour at home
  • Proven Pain coping and breathing techniques for early labour
  • How to recognize labour is becoming active
  • How to create a toolbox of physical support items you might use during early and active labour
  • When to go to the hospital
  • How to advocate for your partner
  • How to understand information on the benefits and risks of procedures and interventions
  • How to avoid unnecessary routine interventions
  • How to best manage an induction
  • How to create an effective birth preference sheet
  • Strategies to cope with the unexpected such as a c birth
  • Effective massage and affirmation techniques
  • Seeing birth as a rite of passage
  • Exploring the time line of birth and how we move through from early labour to birthing the placenta
  • Creating and using your own visualisation tools
  • Exploring attitudes to the intensity and sensations of labour
  • Exploring strategies to cope with the intensity of birth. including physical, emotional and visualisation strategies.
  • Examining anxieties and fears
  • Finding our inherent coping skills
  • Preparing a birth tool box
  • Looking at the evidence base surrounding birth interventions
  • Understanding what pharmacological pain medications are available during labour in a hospital setting
  • Exploring how to work with midwives and other staff you may meet on your journey
  • Identifying what happens to your body and your baby as you move through labour and birth
  • Ensuring you are prepared for a cesarean birth should one occur.

One off Antenatal sessions last approximately two and a half to three hours.

The charge for this service is €200 payable at the session.

Group Antenatal Childbirth Preparation Classes

Group Antenatal Childbirth Preparation Classes are designed for all prospective parents and offer a comprehensive antenatal preparation course based on the premise of Active Birth and Birthing from Within. Classes last a whole day and focus on the following:

  • How to support early labour at home
  • Proven Pain coping and breathing techniques for early labour
  • How to recognize labour is becoming active
  • How to create a toolbox of physical support items you might use during early and active labour
  • When to go to the hospital
  • How to advocate for your partner
  • How to understand information on the benefits and risks of procedures and interventions
  • How to avoid unnecessary routine interventions
  • How to best manage an induction
  • How to create an effective birth preference sheet
  • Strategies to cope with the unexpected such as a c birth
  • Exploring strategies to cope with the intensity of birth. including physical, emotional and visualisation strategies.
  • Effective massage techniques
  • Effective visualisation techniques  and hypnobirthing
  • Effective breathing techniques
  • Effective affirmation techniques
  • Exploring the time line of birth and how we move through from early labour to birthing the placenta
  • Looking at the evidence base surrounding birth interventions
  • Understanding what pharmacological pain medications are available during labour in a hospital setting
  • Exploring how to work with midwives and other staff you may meet on your journey
  • Ensuring you are prepared for a cesarean birth should one occur.

These classes take place at Insight Matters 106 Capel St D1. Classes are usually shared with no more than 3 – 4 other couples and cost €200 per couple for the whole day with tea and coffee included. To book please call 0877543751

Birth Preference preparation:

  • A private session of an hour in your own home to help you formulate your birth preferences.
  • Includes review of your preference by email

The charge for this service is €75 payable at the session

For all services in your home transport costs apply

Transport costs per visit €15 – €25 per visit extra depending on where you live.

City Centre €15

North side  D1, 3, South  Side D2, 4, Ringsend, Irishtown, Ranelgh, Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Booterstown,

Outer Central €20

North Side D5, D7, 9, 11, 13, Cabra, Raheny, Clontarf South Side Blackrock, D8, 10, 12, 14, 16, Harold’s Cross, Milltown, Terenure, Templeogue, Stillorgan, Leopardstown  Balinteer, Dundrum, Sandyford, Dun Laoghoire. Stepaside, Monkstown,  Glenageary, Foxrock.

Greater Dublin Area €25

North Side D15, Malahide, Sutton, Howth South Side: D18, Rathfarnham, Shankhill, Bray, Killiney, Sallynoggin, Greystones Dalky. West Side: D24, Tallaght, Clondalkin, Firhouse, Blanchardstown, Saggart

Sandymount: No Charge if within walking distance

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