42 weeks is a public information campaign for women having babies in Ireland. It aims to inform and support women and their partners so that they can put decisions about their maternity care in their hands, to ensure that they make informed choices, and have the best possible birth outcomes for their babies and themselves, focusing on healthy births for babies and mothers. On this website you will find evidence-based information on a range of options open to you during your pregnancy and birth. These would include types of maternity care; pain relief options and their benefits and risks; informed consent; induction; choices in birth preferences and routine practices in maternity hospitals that might be relevant to you. The website also has a great selection of birth stories and images from women who have had babies in Ireland.
Bodyworks Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic is situated on Baggot Street in the heart of Dublin city centre. Whether you have hurt yourself at home, at work or on the sporting field, their Chartered Physiotherapists will help you recover faster and minimise your chance of re-injury. Clients vary from Olympians, Irish rugby players, mums-to-be, to those suffering with arthritis. The service at Bodyworks is friendly and personal. Only one client is treated by your therapist at any one time, ensuring you receive our undivided attention.
Sabine Le Boulicaut of Acubaby in Dublin 2 offers a selection of fertility and pregnancy treatment options including IVF & fertility acupuncture support, gentle morning sickness acupuncture, breech position acupuncture and moxa treatment, pre-birthing and post-natal treatments and acupressure for birth. Sabine is a member of the Zita West Fertility Network and a Registered Member of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association. She also offers placenta encapsulation services.
Aileen Convery of Eureka Hydrotherapy teaches weekly antenatal aqua aerobics classes in Marian College in Ballsbridge, the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown and Butterfield Wellness Clinic in Rathfarnham. Exercising in water enhances wellbeing; keeps you fit and trim-ish!; eases lower back strain; reduces fluid retention and swelling; promotes pelvic floor and core stability awareness; improves posture, co-ordination and balance; boosts sleep quality; and prepares you for labour and postnatal recovery. Classes also cover labour breathing practice, posture during pregnancy, oedema management, land strengthening exercises and conditioning, working while pregnant and maternal health. Classes are suitable from 20 weeks right up to the end of your pregnancy.
Reform Dublin offers prenatal and postnatal classes for mums in Blackrock, Co Dublin. The overriding goal of prenatal Pilates is to maintain core strength to support the back, hips, and stomach and to help during childbirth. Pilates mums find that they get back into shape faster, have fewer physical complaints during and after pregnancy, and have easier deliveries! Postnatal Pilates can be a fast, safe and effective way to get in shape after having a baby. Initially classes focus on reconnecting the walls of abdominal muscles that were stretched throughout pregnancy. After core strength is re-established, the postnatal program is customised to target those specific areas needing and wanting tone, strength, and stretch. Babies up to 12 months are welcome to come along to postnatal classes.
Based in Cork with delivery nationwide or collection in South Dublin, Birthing Mamas sells inflatable birth pools and accessories – a wonderful addition to your labour toolkit for your positive birth. Birth pools are perfect for labouring in at home for your comfort before you go to the hospital. Birthing Mamas also stocks a selection of pure essential oil blends for pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.