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Our specialist midwife Cora Marnell offers personalised antenatal classes and postnatal mother & infant visits to provide breastfeeding support and care of the newborn. Cora has specialist experience providing high risk and normal antenatal & postnatal care.

One-to-one antenatal classes, calm birth preparation packages, hypnobirthing and breastfeeding support available. Evening and weekend classes are available. Consultation can be taken as single modules or as a 3-part package.

Postnatal visits can be independent of classes, and are usually one-to-one and a half hour duration within the city depending on the clients needs. Consultations for those outside the city are provided in the consultation rooms. Most insurance companies provide a level of cover towards this.

Enquiries regarding antenatal/postnatal care packages

Contact Cora at 087 9396614 or

Individual Consultations

Breastfeeding antenatal preparation workshop€150
Postnatal home visit (within Galway city)€150
Calm birth preparation programme incorporating hypnobirth (3 part programme)€350
Individual consultations of single modules from our 3-part programme€150 each

Calm Birth Preparation Programme

This consists of three consultations to empower expectant parents to have a positive calm birth experience. All consultations are provided on a one to one basis giving the expectant parents time to practice various techniques and ask questions to assist on their journey.

The programme incorporates various techniques for pregnancy and birth using Breath Awareness , Visualisation, Hypnobirthing and Mindfulness to assist parents in having a positive calm birth experience.

The programme is enhanced by the preparation for Breastfeeding module 1 and an optional add-on  postnatal visit to your home (within city limits or Consulting Rooms) if desired.

Consultations take place over a three week period from 28 weeks gestation. Postnatal visits are 5-10 days postnatal.

Schedule of Consultations

Modules can be taken as individual classes or as part of a 3- or 4-part programme

Duration:  One and a half hours

  • Preparation for expectant parents- packing the bag, birth plan.
  • What do you need to have for your newborn
  • When should you go to hospital
  • Signs of labour
  • Introduction to Hypnobirthing and breath awareness incorporating visualisation techniques
  • Introduction to breastfeeding — what can you do now to aid successful breastfeeding.

Duration:  One and a half hours

  • Positive Affirmations and mindfulness techniques
  • Physiology of normal birth
  • Birth positions to assist birth of your baby
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Breath awareness
  • Pain relief including epidural
  • The role of the partner
  • Cord clamping
  • Intervention, Caesarean Birth, VBAC
  • What happens after the birth of your baby
  • Skin to skin
  • The first feed

Duration: One hour

  • Empowering the mother
  • Care of the new Mother following birth
  • Care of your newborn baby
  • Safe sleep guidelines
  • Feeding techniques
  • How to recognise feeding issues
  • How to express and store milk
  • Holding your baby
  • Changing your baby’s nappy
  • Postnatal wellbeing both parents
  • Health and nutrition
  • Prevention of infections

A postnatal visit to your home (within the city or in the consultant rooms) will be provided within the first 5-10 days. This will include postpartum maternal and infant assessment and observation of feeding techniques.

Further follow up visits are available by request.

Most major insurance companies provide levels of contribution towards antenatal classes and postnatal midwife visits when provided by a registered Midwife. Please check with your insurance company. Receipts will be issued.

Payments must be made prior to commencement of course package by banking transfer – details will be provided on booking.

What to bring in your hospital bag

For Baby

  • 6 babygros/ 6 vests
  • Hat/mittens
  • Hooded towel
  • Packet of size 1 nappies
  • Cotton wool/ water wipes
  • Small plastic container
  • 4 cellular blankets crib size
  • Muslin squares
  • Car seat
  • Outdoor clothes (winter baby)

For Mum

  • Dark bath towels x2
  • Front opening night dress/ Pj’s x2
  • Maternity pads x 1 pack
  • Breast feeding bra x2
  • Cotton/disposable underwear
  • Toiletries, lip balm ,moisturiser
  • Hair ties, dressing gown, flip flops
  • Pen and notebook
  • Breast pads

Helpful Links

Saolta – UHG Maternity Services website