Irish support groups for pregnant and new mothers
La Leche League Ireland aims is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support,
encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an
important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
La Leche League Leaders facilitate monthly discussion meetings on various aspects of pregnancy, parenting
and breastfeeding. It is helpful for mothers to come along while pregnant and learn about breastfeeding
and reassuring to attend after baby is born. Babies are especially welcome. Each Group, of which there
are 40 in Ireland, has a lending library of books and leaflets on childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting
which is available to everyone attending.
Friends of Breastfeeding works to ensure that women in Ireland achieve their desired breastfeeding
experience. We network to connect women in Ireland who want to breastfeed with their local support system.
We work to build communities of supportive friends, family and health professionals – “friends” of
Cuidiú has branches across Ireland and provides support for parenthood with antenatal classes,
breastfeeding counselling, postnatal and parenthood Support.
Babywearing Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation that provides information and advice on baby carriers
and promotes the benefits of their use. They are a community based organisation and offer a number of
services such as the following: The Sling Library, Sling Meets (informal gathering of Babywearers (and
those interested in Babywearing) to have a chat, try on different baby carriers, learn about different
carriers types, perfect advanced skills, and generally enjoy themselves), demonstrations and an active
forum, where everyone can chat about babywearing, parenting, and related topics, and get lots of valuable
Breastfeeding.ie contains publications from the HSE on breastfeeding and related topics.
AIMS Ireland, the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, Ireland, is a consumer-led
voluntary organisation that was formed in early 2007 by mothers dissatisfied with the maternity care system
in Ireland. Our mission is to highlight normal birth and promote mother- and baby-friendly birth practices
which are supported by evidence-based research and international best practice.
Post Natal Depression Ireland offers support and friendship to women and their families who suffer from PND.
Miscarriage Association of Ireland is a voluntary body supporting women and men through pregnancy loss.
Doula Association of Ireland promotes, develops and supports doulas and the doula profession.
HSE information on National Home Birth Services and HSE classification of increased risk in pregnancy
International Home Birth Associations
UK Home Birth Reference Site
See their helpful sections “But What If.....?” and "You can't have a home birth, because...."