Nurture, Learn, Grow, Doula

Postpartum Doula & Parenting Guidance and Consultation

Attending to your needs in the early days of parenting.
Giving you the time to grow into your new role.

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Vision Statement


Attending to your needs in the early days of parenting. Giving you the time to grow into your new role.

Vision Statement Vision Statement Vision Statement
Pregnancy, birthing and becoming a parent, are life altering experiences. By taking full responsibility for the care of your newborn baby/child, you give new meaning and purpose to your own life and begin on a new, exciting and sometimes overwhelming journey.
Each individual woman inherently is the best mother to her own child(ren). This innate, natural mothering instinct is like a seed: full of potential, packed with everything it needs to thrive.
With some initial care, nurturing, validation and support, this potential will soon blossom into a life-long bond and secure attachment between mother and child. This in turn will foster personal growth, confidence and the ability for the woman to self-care, and to care for her family.
A supportive environment around woman and child, including fathers, life-partners and extended family members will enhance the growth of the newborn family.

From the birth of my own three children and my journey as a mother, derives my motivation and passion for women, birthing women, new mothers and their families, women’s mental and physical health, before, during and long after their pregnancies; whether they brought home their babies or not; whether they physically gave birth or adopted their child.
I have grown a deep appreciation for support in the early days home with a newborn baby and for real information and evidence based guidance.
I wish to be present, wholeheartedly and unconditionally to listen to new parents’ stories, to value and validate their choices and to inform them and educate them on matters regarding their role as mothers and fathers.
I also wish to support personal growth of each family member by giving value and meaning to their roles and lives within their unique family unit.
I wish to guide women, new mothers, towards becoming more confident and assertive in their role, I want to support their journey and make them feel nurtured, cared for and strong.
I wish to provide each family with a calm, self-assured and positive presence in the early weeks and months following the arrival of their child.


Mission Statement

To offer attuned at-home postnatal care and practical support to each individual woman and her family, through the early days, weeks and months after the arrival of their new baby. Consequently, assisting mothers and parents in building the foundations of life-long confidence and good mental health, as well as a secure attachment with their baby and strong bonds between all family members.

Why hire a Postpartum Doula?


I am training with DONA International.

I am training with DONA International.

Fantastic training for a professional Postpartum Doula.

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I am a member of the Doula Association of Ireland.

I am a member of the Doula Association of Ireland.

Uniting all the professionally trained Doulas of Ireland.

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15 reasons to hire a Postpartum Doula

15 reasons to hire a Postpartum Doula

Are your reasons not listed here? Please, do message me and let me know!

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The many ways you can use your Postpartum Doula

The many ways you can use your Postpartum Doula

Your birth experience, your mothering, your story as a woman and a parent are unique to you. Find out what your Postpartum Doula can do for you that you may not have thought of.

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Services


Postpartum Doula Care hourly rate

Tailored practical support and companionship for your growing family. All the flexibility you need.

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The Newborn Mother Package

This is the Royal treatment when it comes to your care and support after the birth of your baby! Because you deserve it, you want it and you need it!

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Parenting Consultant

Meeting you in your own home to support and guide you when you need.

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Affirmation Artwork

Find me on Etsy to buy Affirmation Postcards and other pregnancy and motherhood artwork!

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Preparation for early parenting and the 4th Trimester course

Coming soon: If you would are interested in this course or would like to suggest a topic for this course, please do contact me today!

Résumé


Brevet de Technicien Supérieur en Economie Sociale et Familiale

Two year Certificate course in Social Care and Home Economics, 2000 to 2002.

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2004-2005

In April of 2004 I first came to Ireland. I settled in Clonakilty and there, I had my very first professional experiences.

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2005-2008

In September 2005, I first went to Cork Institute of Technology to attend a Hospitality Course. I soon realised I wanted to return to the Social Care field, and transferred into the Social Studies Department in November 2005.

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2007-2013

In May 2007, I became a Project Worker for the Cork Simon Community Emergency Shelter.

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2009-2010

Read on for my complete, raw, first pregnancy and birth story.

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2012

Pregnancy and birth experience with my second child.

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2013-2017

I became the Activities Coordinator for the Cork Simon Community.

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Mental Health First Aid

I attended a 2 day course to train as a Mental Health First Aider.

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ASIST

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (2 day) Training.

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Key Working and Care Planning Using Motivational Interviewing Skills

4 Day training course.

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August 2015

Pregnancy and birth of my third child.

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October 2015

Friends of Breastfeeding Breastfeeding Buddy System training.

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June 2016

In June of 2016, I attended a three day workshop with DONA International.

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January 2018

Launch of Amélie Nyhan Doula

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April 2018

Introduction to Aromatherapy in Childbirth Workshop

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Paediatric First Aid

Completed 1 day course in Paediatric First Aid, CPR and defibrillator for infants and children. This is valid for 2 years

Jan 19, 2019

'Kangaroula' training with NINO Birth

How can a trained professional advocate and 'speak' for the newborn infant ? Through skin-to-skin and Kangaroo care with his care givers, the newborn infant will have his natural needs met.

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Newborn Care Specialist Training

Online training course with The Newborn Care Training Academy

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Basics of Lactation for Doulas Training Course

6 hours Online Training Course specifically aimed at Doulas. Approved by DONA International and one of the prerequisites for Postpartum Doula certification.

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Contact


  • Frankfield, Grange, Cork, Ireland
  • I Cover all of Cork City and Suburbs. If I can reach you by foot or with my E-Bike, then I cover your area.

Articles


"Self-Efficacy" and Motherhood

"Self-Efficacy" and Motherhood

Confidence is a learnt process. Let's look at it in the context of motherhood

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Postpartum recovery: looking after the new mum

Postpartum recovery: looking after the new mum

Recovery after a birth takes time. Here are some tips for the new mum and her family

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The Value of  the Postpartum Doula work

The Value of the Postpartum Doula work

What is the value of the Postpartum Doula you might wonder? Read on to find out more!

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About me


About me
I was born in Northern France and lived there until I was 21 years of age. I studied Social Care in France and moved to Ireland in 2004 after finishing my last year in college.

I worked in the Hospitality sector for the first year and a half in West Cork and I learned to work under pressure, be disciplined and flexible.

In 2005 I returned to Social Care and studied in Cork Institute in Technology. I graduated in 2008 and worked for the Cork Simon Community Emergency Shelter. For the following 10 years, I worked with people who experienced homelessness or were at risk of becoming homeless, many of them facing complex issues, such as addiction and mental health issues.
I trained in Mental Health First Aid, Motivational Interviewing and Key working amongst others. I learned to work with unique individuals and constantly adapt to their needs and abilities, I practiced compassion and care, I expanded on my understanding of Humanity, and got to explore and gain outstanding experience from the most resilient people I have ever met.

In March of 2010, my first son was born. The pregnancy itself was a roller coaster of entire days and nights of sickness (who ever called it ‘morning’ sickness!), hospital trips and complete shock and exhaustion. The labour was induced when I was 41+3 and my little man was born some 36 hours later after a very long induction process, some unwanted but needed drugs, some epidural, some forceps and some episiotomy. I felt destroyed, on the brink of a mental breakdown and utterly blessed. This brand new little person was given to me to look after and he turned out to be an amazing teacher for first time parents. Intransigent about his needs, strict in regards his feeding patterns, committed to relentlessly teaching us to be parents day and night, for the first 2 years of his life. I learned so much back then and learnt much more again after, when, looking back I realised there was so much more (support, self-care, rest, help I could have had) and so much less (reading, trying to be perfect, trying to be strong, trying to do-it-all) I could have done.

When our second little man was conceived, I already knew more and better as to what I needed and wanted from my pregnancy, birth and beyond. I decided to be much more relaxed, in tune with myself and take the time to take it all in without overthinking. There was no induction, there were no drugs (except for an epidural that was asked for way too late and that actually didn't work!); labour was from start to finish about 6 hours long and after 12 hours in the maternity hospital I was going home. This little boy turned out to be the easiest baby to love and look after as from the moment he was born, he had decided that breastfeeding every 3 hours and napping in between was perfectly good enough.

When I was pregnant for the 3rd time, I was well prepared for a natural birth and believed in the incredible abilities my body and mind had.
This pregnancy was easier again, no sign of sickness or even of tiredness! I had to look at my huge belly to remember I was even pregnant! I laboured at home, very slowly and calmly. I was on the phone to my ‘DOMINO’ midwife throughout the day to keep her updated. Around 9pm we left our house for the hospital and our baby girl was born completely naturally at 9.45pm. The following morning at 10am, I was home again!
This little lady taught me to mother a girl after having had two boys. I wasn't prepared for the difference it would make to me as a person, and I had to deal with and come to terms with many emotions from the past and she led me to reflect on myself as a woman. For this I am grateful, as it walked me to the path of becoming a Doula.

Because, as I reflected upon myself and my life as female, I began to give much more meaning to the values of Support and Community, I began to attach much more meaning to the words Nurturing and Sharing. I reflected upon my journey from the point of view of now being a role model to a little girl, a woman from the future, enquiring what life could be for her, what values and morals her kind would show her and share with her. And this led me to the belief that true, genuine support and understanding are paramount amongst women but that it is lacking in the lives of so many of us.
From the birth of this little girl, and her brothers before her, derives my motivation and passion for women, birthing women, new mothers and their families, women’s mental and physical health, before, during and long after their pregnancies; whether they brought home their babies or not. I want to be present, fully and unconditionally to listen to their stories, to support and validate their choices and to inform them and educate them on all matters regarding their role as mothers and their needs and wants as women. I want to guide women, new mothers towards becoming more confident and assertive in their role, I want to support their journey and make them feel loved, cared for and strong.