Born and raised in Dublin I am a registered midwife and began providing the first Doula Services to women in Ireland in 2005. I began my Doula 'journey' a while before then when I gave birth to my eldest son Jack with the support of wonderful staff, a wonderful husband and a wonderful Doula over ten years ago. I have been very fortunate to train with Childbirth International, Dr. Michel Odent and with Penny Simkin (the ‘mother’ of doulas). I have also trained with Nurturing Birth as a Postpartum doula. My experience as a doula was a huge advantage in my Midwifery training especially on clinical placement in the labour ward and postnatal ward.Over the last 11 years I have also certified as a Lactation Educator and am a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Evening Herald, Irish Times, and Easy Parenting. I was extensively involved in several volunteer groups with maternity care providers working towards improving maternity services in Ireland.