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Almost every mom, at one time or another, has felt the shame and anger that is triggered by the phenomenon of ‘mom-shaming’ and I’m sorry to tell any soon-to-be moms that you will probably experience it too....

Keeping your baby hydrated is important at all times, as the effects of severe dehydration can be serious. If your child is very thirsty, they are probably already dehydrated. Their little bodies can help but struggle to hold fluids so dehydration can happen fast so it's...

Sonia began her midwifery training in 2009 after working as a nurse in a busy Irish Hospital....

It’s normal to feel like you're in a daze during pregnancy. Doctor appointments and new medical information abound as you prepare for what’s ahead....

We get a lot of anxious emails from soon-to-be mothers wondering why their baby isn’t kicking yet, and when they should expect the kicking to start. ...

Louise began her midwifery career in 2007 after initially training as a Nurse and brings her extensive experience to The Baby Academy....

What That Dark Line on Your Pregnant Belly Is, And Why You Shouldn’t Worry About It...

Jean is a Midwife with over 15 year’s experience and also a Mum of two. She has been providing antenatal education for 7 years....

Aisling is a Midwife working in one of Ireland’s largest maternity departments. With extensive experience in the labour ward and postnatal ward....

If you’re a mum of twins, breastfeeding can be doubly challenging at first: After all, you’ve got two mouths to feed, two little bodies to balance and three people who need to figure out this whole breastfeeding thing....

Sue is a Midwife, Antenatal Instructor and a busy Mum of two. With over 15 years’ experience, Sue has worked in all areas of Midwifery such as Delivery Suite, Antenatal wards, Postnatal wards, the DOMINO program and currently manages The Antenatal Education Department in one...

If you’re a mum of twins, breastfeeding can be doubly challenging at first: After all, you’ve got two mouths to feed, two little bodies to balance and three people who need to figure out this whole breastfeeding thing....

Finding out you are expecting is super exciting but this also might be your first time stepping into the realm of a hospital care and with prolonged periods of time alongside healthcare professionals you'll likely be hearing dozens of long-sounding words used to describe your...

Usually one of the first things people ask once you’ve had your baby is “how much do they weigh?!”...

Jaundice is a slight yellow discolouration of your baby’s skin and the whites of their eyes which occurs a few days after they're born and is very common....

It is highly recommended that women should get a flu vaccine at any stage when you are pregnant. During pregnancy, her immune system changes and so she can accommodate carrying the baby. ...

Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum and downward pressure during labour has the potential for these swollen veins to pop!...

Having a baby is a fundamental part of human nature and some people don't see any reason to attend an antenatal class, after all, women have been having babies for thousands of years and there weren’t antenatal classes available way back when....

What do Braxton Hicks feel like? Braxton Hicks contractions are painless tightenings of the uterine muscles and normal throughout your pregnancy as long as they’re painless and irregular....

First of all, every woman, her pregnancy and her birth experience is very different. What you may experience can vary widely from what your friend or sister or mother may have experienced....

More than 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage, around 14,000 women in Ireland each year experience the loss of their baby at some stage throughout their pregnancy. Many women are not well informed about why a miscarriage happens, which can make the whole situation...

When a pregnancy results in a miscarriage, the mother and father both grieve a tragic loss....

A big thank you to Killian for sharing your story with us and helping us to help dad's and partners feel more included in the the journey from bump to baby....

Safe sleep is one of the main topics we teach in our FREE Baby Care Workshop which we run for first time expectant parents....

Fetal hiccups are very normal. This comes from advice that hiccups should not be the only movements you feel, as they are involuntary....

Breastfeeding colostrum for the first few days is a great start for your baby...

Baby Zeke came into the world 3 weeks early, after an unexpected induction because of an IUGR...

Yes it’s ok, due to the anatomy of blood vessels in the body you may feel weak or woozy lying on your back in pregnancy, just tilt to the side of this is the case....

For a planned section, you can bring your baby’s first outfit and nappies packed in a little bag, and that is all you’ll need to go to theatre, the hospital will supply the gown you wear for the birth....

Increased discharge is normal and once it’s a light colour with no unpleasant odour it okay. you may need to wear a pantyliner....

Epidurals are a very common phobia. You can use gas and air during the procedure, which will help you to relax....

As the restrictions ease, keep visitors to a minimum and make sure they wash their hands well if they are going to hold baby....

Here I’ve put together short video, along with my "TEN Reasons to use a TENS Machine!"....

At our antenatal class we often get asked about various birth types, such as the use of an episiotomy....

With antenatal classes being cancelled in hospitals and venues across Ireland, our team of midwives have developed a live antenatal class to support expectant couples during this time. ...

We have developed a bespoke online platform that brings our antenatal education to you live, with multiple functionalities to ensure you receive knowledge as if you were there in person....

At our antenatal class we always get asked about C-Sections, or Caesarean Section Deliveries. In Ireland, 33% of deliveries are C-Sections....

In a forceps delivery an instrument shaped like a pair of large spoons is applied to the baby’s head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal. ...

If you’re currently pregnant, you may be wondering how Coronavirus or COVID-19 could affect your family....

Given the evolving nature of Covid-19 and the uncertainty facing a large number of antenatal classes around Ireland, we have made a number of decisions to support expectant parents during this time. ...

Antenatal classes are designed to help you and your partner to prepare for labour, birth and early parenthood....

Would you know what to do in a first aid emergency?...

Let me talk you through a simple step by step… and we will do the full demo as always in our antenatal Class....

So, we the got the most gorgeous phone call this week from a granny-to-be wondering if we do gift vouchers… she wanted to gift her son and daughter-in-law a little pressie of ‘The Baby Academy Experience’....

Would you believe the most common reason for induction of labour (IOL) in Ireland is a first time Mom going ‘overdue’. ...

Labour…the clue is in the name! I have been there myself twice and supported lots of women and I can safely say, it is hard work...