The Annual HBA Conference, "Water Birth in Ireland"

took place at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

on Sunday 21st April 2013 9am-6pm


Keynote Speaker Ethel Burns. Water Birth Expert.

A midwifery lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK., Ethel has a particular fascination for the underpinning evidence-based practice relating to labour and birth.  She has published widely in the areas of aromatherapy during labour and water birth.  Ethel is active in clinical practice and works on midwifery related projects in different countries.  Ethel will give two talks at the conference, both related to water birth.

Other speakers included: Philomena Canning SECM, Birth couples, Midwives from midwifery-led care in Ireland and birth advocates.


List of stallholders and contact details

Kumbikids - Annah Knight

Placenta Encapsulation - Theresa Caton

Parenting Today - Anne Brannick (parent mentoring)

Homeopathy Know How - Krysia Lynch

GWBellycasts - Gail Mackey mackeygail @ and Facebook

Birth Healing - Tara Killen workshops @

Home Education Network - Monica O'Connor and Jane Donegan

Familliaris - Joanna Szczypka (non-competitive boardgames)

Chiropractor - Ros Drake

Deb's Sheepskins - Deb Davis

Kildare Steiner School - Anne Pender

BirthingMamas - David Tighe

Friends of Breastfeeding - JoleneKeating

Midwifery Led Unit, Drogheda - Aoife Hamill 041 9837601 Extn 2136

Cuidiu - Angela McSweeney

Doula Association of Ireland - GermaineReidy

Baby Wearing Ireland - Grace


Provisional Conference Program

9.00am-­9.45 am: Registration

9.45 am-10.15 am: Home birth in the last year in Ireland (Krysia Lynch (HBA)

10.15am-­11.05 am: Water Birth Stories (Fiona Maguire, Margaritte Hannan)

11.05am­-11.30 am: Coffee and Tea

11.30am-1.00 pm: Ethel Burns: Key note address Birthing Pool Use During labour and Waterbirth

1.00pm -2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00pm-2.45 pm: Human Rights in Childbirth and the new MOU. Information and discussion session Barbara Western (AIMSI Support Services) Krysia Lynch (HBA / AIMSI Liaison)

2.45pm-­ 3.15 pm: Waterbirth in Ireland ­ Philomena Canning (Independent Midwife)

3.15pm ­-3.45 pm: Ethel Burns: Normalising birth: opportunities and challenges

3.45pm-­ 4.00 pm: Tea and Coffee and raffle prizes

4.00pm­-5.00 pm: Home birth in Ireland ­ the way forward
Panel discussion
. Ethel Burns, Philomena Canning, Paula Barry (Coombe Women’s Hospital), Aoife Hamil (MLU, OLOL), Krysia Lynch (HBA)