The Irish Midwife offers various services on the Costa del Sol for the preparation of childbirth and early stages of being a mum.
It is run by two very experienced Irish midwives – Anne Halpenny who is from Dublin and has lived on the Costa del Sol since 1996. She is a mum of twins who were born in Marbella in 2009. Anne qualified as a midwife in 1985 and has worked in Australia, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, the UK and Ireland thereby exposing her to different cultures and ways of practising as a midwife.
Yvonne Marry is the the second Irish midwife and was born in Kilkenny but has lived in Spain since she was a child. She has worked in the Hospital Costa del Sol since 2003 and joined Anne in running the courses in November 2008. She qualified in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. She is also a Clinical Midwifery Tutor involved with the training of student midwives in Malaga University.
The services offered include:
Antenatal classes – a course of classes held in Marbella usually run over 4 consecutive weeks, in the early evening, for women who are around 30 weeks pregnant. The number of couples/group is small and may plan on having their babies in different hospitals on the coast. Informative and informal group sessions.
Antenatal advice – advice about the services available and what best suits your needs.
Twins – advice on coping with twins. As a mother of twins, Anne knows the specific needs associated with a multiple pregnancy, a twin birth and life at home afterwards with two newborn babies.
Postnatal home visits – these can be arranged when new parents would like to have a midwife call and check on mum and baby. Breastfeeding support is also offered.
Postnatal Support – an informal setting where new mums and babies can meet and know there is a midwife available to answer any questions. This set-up encourages mutual support and longer term breastfeeding. Follow the Irish Midwife on Facebook for venue, dates and times.
Emergency First Response courses – very useful course in CPR and First aid available on the Costa del Sol for parents, babysitters, nursery workers, therapists. More information via the link here.
Meanwhile Anne is present at 2 postnatal mother and toddler groups once a month – at Jay Jangles and Bouncers. An informal way to chat to other mums with a midwife present.