Midwife Support, Home Birth in Galway, Ireland

Private Midwives were contacted by Eleanor who was looking to have a home birth in Galway, Republic of Ireland.

Eleanore chose to have a home birth for her second baby in response to the uncertainties and unfair regulations being enforced on birthing persons and their birth partners during the Covid pandemic

Private midwives suggested an initial ante natal meeting to explain how the service could provide the support that Eleanore was looking for during her home birth. Eleanore has shared her birth experience and story with us:

Eleanore's Story:

  • I’d say that I am finally ready to share our experience but truthfully between feedings, nappy changes, tummy time, and chasing a wild, wonderful toddler around I have only just found the time to sit down and write it out.

    We chose home birth for our second baby in response to the uncertainties and unfair regulations being enforced on birthing persons and their birth partners during the Covid pandemic.

    As we explored our options we were connected by private midwives with Anne Bargh, the local midwife in our region. Anne had me sold that home birth was the option for me within the first few minutes of our conversation and helped my partner, James feel safe in our decision to birth our second baby at home.

    We quickly settled into Anne’s routine weekly visits and she became like a member of the family. Our toddler would excitedly wait by the window for Anne to pull up and was eager to help her listen for the baby’s heart beat and play with Anne while she was here.

    Going overdue was not new to me. Being induced at 9 days with my first little boy had me prepared to hurry up and wait for this baby. Anne helped James and I to feel empowered enough in our own research and her previous experience to carry our baby 42 weeks until he came fast and furiously when he was “good and ready”!

    In a time where there are so many uncertainties, especially surrounding maternity services, we were privileged to have Anne on our side. Not only did we get to welcome Oliver earthside in a birth we could only have dreamed of (and with his brother there), we also felt educated, empowered, and in control of the decisions we made. And the cherry on top…we got to settle naturally into life as a family of four.

Meet the midwife

Birth is a very personal and intimate event. We recognise how important it is that you meet your midwife and have a “connection” so that you can develop a trusting, professional relationship going forward. We hold regular “meet the midwife” sessions where you can come along and chat to past clients, talk to the midwives and ask questions. We also offer you a free consultation to talk through things on a more personal level and discuss your individual needs and wishes. Please contact us for further information.

If you would like to find out about our Meet the Midwife sessions please call 0800 380 0579

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