Hello, my name is Helen, your midwife and course presenter.
Pregnancy and birth is a natural and wondrous time. This course discusses and demonstrates how nature itself gives you a helping hand, and how to benefit from that, progressing to the more medical management of labour and birth, encouraging a positive, gentle and safe birthing experience.
Offering professional information in a relaxed and enjoyable environment, with plenty of time for questions, and a focus on interactive and practical demonstrations; my class will teach you everything you need to know in 1 day.
Late Pregnancy & Birth Plan
• Clinic visits
• Last months
• What you need to know
Pelvic Floor Care
• Recommended pelvic floor exercises are practised for before and after delivery
Signs of Labour
• The show
• Your waters
When to go to Hospital & Your Hospital bag
• What you can do at home to help
• Early labour
Admission to Hospital & Delivery Suite
• Admission in labour
• How we care for you
• Coping skills, breathing & relaxation
• Natural pain relief
• Medical pain relief
• Info & tips for birthing partner
• It's your day too
• The birth process
• Natural delivery
• Delivery suite
• Induction of labour
• C Section
• Breast feeding
• Bottle feeding
• Sterilisation & equipment
• Umbilical cord care
• Top & tail
Safe Newborn Sleep
• Baby positioning
• Nursery needs
• Infant clothing
• Safe bedding
Bonding With Your Baby
• Skin to skin contact
• Handling your infant
• What babies & new parents really need
• First 6 weeks
• A new family
With over 20 years experience in nursing and midwifery in Ireland and abroad, I have cared for thousands of pregnant women and their babies.
I am dedicated to providing you with the 'Gold Standard' in pregnancy, birth, and infant care education.
My midwifery training was completed at the world famous Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. I am fully registered as a nurse and midwife with An Bord Altranais (Irish Nursing Board).
The cutting edge research that I lead on 'Women's Health in Pregnancy' for the HSE and a Dublin Maternity Teaching Hospital is published worldwide in the most respected medical journals, including the BMJ (British Medical Journal).
I am also the 'Pregnancy & Birth Expert' contributor to many pregnancy and parenting magazines.
I'm a mother of three, two boys and a girl.
Contact & Bookings
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the class. You can call me or fill out the form below. Thank you for your time.
'Helens Antenatal Course exceeded our expectations! Excellent preparation for birth and the first weeks postnatally with a newborn. All scenarios covered with knowledge in a reassuring way. We found Helens knowledge of subject unsurpassed and course topics, presentation, just what we needed. Would highly recommend this course to all expectant new parents. A great, well spent Sunday.'
- Dr. Emma Duignan & Dr. Max Tracey, 24th April 2017 Class
'Myself & Gavin attended your 1 Day Antentatal Class on Sunday 26th March (Mother's Day). I just wanted to email you to say thank you ever so much. It was wonderful. We really enjoyed it. The way you spoke and the way you explained everything was just engaging! And in fact, I got very emotional at some stages. You have such a gift and a magical approach to people. Thank you so much. If I need anything, or have any scary moments or need advice, I will be calling your 'Call the Midwife service' - so reassuring.'
- Ashleigh & Gavin Daly, 26th March 2017 Class
'Great course, lovely Midwife, very informative. Small class number made everything personal and less intimidating. Helen is a credit to her profession.'
- Vicki & Michael Thompson, 7th August 2016 Class
'Excellent presentation and topics. Aids to presentation - excellent. Helen, I was not too enthusiastic about any Antenatal Course but you changed my perception. Really enjoyed the Baby Care & Bedtime tips. Would recommend this course.'
- Eilis & Khalid (Nurse & Doctor), 27th April 2014 Class
'A must do course for all first time parents. Very professional presentation. Helen has a calm, honest and reassuring way about her, warmly approachable. Current in all aspects of Hospital routine. Great day. A most enjoyable, educational and well spent Sunday. We would highly recommend Helen's Antenatal Course.'
- Gemma & Alan Doyle, 27th January 2013 Class
'Helen's day was very well organised and she is an engaging speaker who explained all topics in a clear, knowledgeable & concise way. She is an obvious expert in her Midwifery field. A very relaxed, informal atmosphere was provided. Really enjoyed it. Thank you.'
- Orla Leonard (Nurse Tutor, Dublin Teaching Hospital), 25th March 2012 Class
'A big thanks from David and I for running such a great Antenatal Class yesterday. We really learnt a lot and it was great to get all the information given so clearly in one day. I know it was a lot to cover, but it was delivered at a really nice pace, so I felt that we absorbed the content. Although I had read a lot about pain relief and stages of labour the class really helped me to make sense of it all and linked together all aspects. Many thanks.'
- Jan & David Killen, 8th August 2010 Class
'Just a note to thank you for a brilliantly presented class. As a perspective new dad your class was very inclusive and welcoming. I now know that I can be much more helpful to Sandra during her labour and with our new baby when the time comes. Class interaction and question time was very helpful and fun. We enjoyed being able to feel free to speak in a friendly environment.'
- Mark & Sandra Wesley, 8th August 2010 Class
'Thank you for the excellent course you delivered today. We feel so confident, informed and re-assured about so many things. It was fantastic to be able to ask you many questions. You were so willing to answer no matter how silly the question might have sounded. It is clear to see that you love your job and have such enthusiasm for it. We were so excited in the first place and even more so now. Our baby will also be grateful that you have changed us from clueless new parents to parents who can't wait for the challenge. Thanks again!'
- Laura & Ray Johnson, 30th May 2010 Class