Hi, I’m Shelley Kavanagh, mum to two lively little people, living in Newcastle, Co. Dublin on the border of Kildare.
I am a Dona trained Birth Doula and DCI trained Postpartum Doula and I’m passionate about all things birth related! I became a doula having had both positive and negative experiences throughout my pregnancies, births and fourth trimester. In short; I wish I had a doula! I am also a qualified GentleBirth instructor.
What I can offer
During pregnancy I will be a source of encouragement and reassurance and will also provide evidence based information on all things pregnancy and birth related. I help normalize an often overwhelming time for both mum and partner.
During labour and delivery, I am a constant for mum, providing various comfort and pain relief measures such as; relaxation and breathing techniques, visualization, CUB use, massage, counter-pressure, tens use, rebozo use and double hip squeeze.
Mum’s partner and I work together as a team and while I am primarily there for Mum, I also provide support for the primary birth partner in what can sometimes be an overwhelming time for them.
I also have experience being the sole birth partner for mum and therefore take on a greater support roll.
After birth, I can take a step back or help mum begin the breastfeeding process if she chooses to breastfeed and encourage bonding between the new baby and family.
As a postpartum Doula, I support the the family as they adjust to life with a newborn baby, caring for all member’s needs. Whether it’s assisting in your emotional needs or assisting with aspects of the care of your new baby, I am there for you. Sometimes just a simple chat and a cuppa can mean the world to a new parent!
Skills & Interests:
Ba in Applied Languages (Translation and Interpreting French and German)
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