Are you interested in having a home birth or you've had one and you'd like to share your home birth experience, why not come along to one of our support meetings? Upcoming support meetings are listed on the right in our events calendar...
As these meetings are arranged well in advance they are subject to change. Please make sure to contact the relevant host(ess) a few days beforehand to confirm.
If you are interested in and willing to host a support meeting, please contact Helena MacMahon on telephone 01-6270635
If there is no meeting arranged in your area in the near future, please phone one of our local contacts below who can arrange a support meeting.
Who are the meetings open to?
HBA support meetings are open to all people of all ages, pregnant, planning to be or not! We welcome people who would like to learn more about home birth, first-time parents, people who have chosen home birth as an option, some may have already engaged a Self Employed Community Midwife (SECM) to attend their birth and people who have personal and/or professional experience of home birth and wish to share their experience and insights, and offer support to others.
What format do the meetings take?
HBA support meetings are informal gatherings hosted by HBA members (most of whom have already had a home birth(s)). The meetings are always attended and usually facilitated by a HBA Committee member, and they will be able to provide parents with the most up to date information on home birth in Ireland.
Children and babes in arms are most welcome at meetings, unless otherwise requested by a host.
Since all meetings are held in members' homes, consideration is given to the individual needs of a host. As a courtesy, we ask that people contact hosts beforehand to confirm address, time/date information; this is also so that a host may plan tea/coffee and snacks for those attending. We encourage people to bring along friends and family members.
The essence of HBA support meetings is hospitality in a relaxed home environment. People take turns to introduce themselves; they share their birth stories and answer questions which come up through open and frank discussion. We do not advise anyone at meetings, but do offer support and information. Banter and birth stories combine with good humour and solidarity!
Is there a cost/donation expected?
There is no cost or donation expected or required at HBA support meetings.
Do participants need to bring anything (food to share etc..)?
HBA hosts provide tea/coffee and snacks (often home-baked!) at support meetings, so it is not necessary to bring food/drink, although many hosts appreciate the gesture.
How often are they run?
HBA support meetings are held once a month in the eastern region and at regular intervals through the country. Please check for updates on the HBA site.
Anything else relevant?
The HBA has a library of resource books on birth/home-birth and parenting for the meetings. We take a note of any books that are borrowed or returned.
A record of those in attendance is taken at the support meeting. We ask for the following information so that we can assist attendees as best we can:
• Attendees name
• Postal and email address
• Mobile number
• Due date
• Name of midwife engaged
• If attendee is a HBA member
• If attendee would like to host a meeting.
Contacts for arranging support meetings
Louth/Meath Area (Drogheda, Dunboyne).
Meetings can be arranged on request
Tel Gail: 041-984 6844 / 086-327 5232 or Carol 041-982 0818 (Drogheda)
Tel Mairead Murphy: 01-8251798 (Dunboyne)
Midlands (Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly and Leitrim)
Meetings can be arranged on request.
Tel: Marguerite Hannan: 090 6405267 / 087 1640847
Meetings can be arranged on request.
Tel Niamh: 091-596680
Every three months.
For more details contact Maria O’Sullivan, Birth Choice Cork (286 Old Youghal Road, Dillons Cross, Co. Cork)