DoulaCare Ireland Conference 2019

Saturday, September 14th 2019

DoulaCare Ireland are excited to launch tickets for our first ever conference! This day will be jam packed full of information, positivity, encouragement and fun! We have an incredible line up of speakers with a broad range of topics.

This day is suitable for anyone involved in the pregnancy / birth / baby world. From expectant parents looking to empower themselves with information and confidence to Health Care Professionals looking to add to their knowledge and skills - there will be something for everyone.

Proudly sponsored by


keynote speaker:  dr Jack Newman

keynote speaker: dr Jack Newman


  • €60 Full Day

  • €50 Student Midwives

  • 20% off full price for DoulaCare Ireland Doulas (€48)

Ticket price includes:

  • Entrance into the main talks

  • Access to vendor stands

  • Morning Tea / Coffee break

  • Lunch of Soup & Sandwiches

  • Afternoon Tea / Coffee break

  • 1 Raffle Ticket

  • Goodie bag full of information and treats

  • (Special dietary requirements should be marked during ticket purchase)

empower mothers to achieve their own breastfeeding goals by providing compassionate and comprehensive support along with current and consistent advice by informed practitioners.
— Dr. Newman

Dr Newman is a Canadian physician specialising in breastfeeding support and advocacy. He has written articles, books and produced videos about breastfeeding distributed through breastfeeding resource centers and websites. Dr. Jack Newman is a world-renowned expert on breastfeeding. He runs a clinic at the International Breastfeeding Centre in Toronto and has helped countless women in Canada and abroad reach their breastfeeding goals. The mandate of the Jack Newman Breastfeeding Clinic is to "empower mothers to achieve their own breastfeeding goals by providing compassionate and comprehensive support along with current and consistent advice by informed practitioners." 

Dr Newman will speak throughout the day in the main talks. Dr Newman will host one afternoon session aimed specifically for Health Care Professional and Breastfeeding Peer Supporters. Places for this session are extremely limited and must be booked with the main ticket purchase.

We will have amazing talks throughout the day, aimed specifically at pregnancy, birth and parenting in Ireland. This day will have something for everyone so don’t miss out!

Just some of this years line up:


Mary Tighe

Mary is co-owner of DoulaCare Ireland Ltd. She is a Birth & Postpartum Doula, qualified Aromatherapist (I.T.E.C) since 2004, GentleBirth Instructor and Cuidiu Breastfeeding Counsellor. Mary was also voted Doula of the Year 2018 by the MaMa Awards!

Mary has been supporting families in Ireland since she trained as a Birth Doula in 2006. She has extensive knowledge in all things pregnancy, birth & parenting and is one of the most experienced doulas working in Ireland.

This year Marys talk will focus on maternity care options for parent’s in Ireland. Covering all bases - from home birth to hospital based care, Mary will discuss the differences between midwifery led care and consultant led care. She will explain what the evidence says about each option and help parents and birth professionals gain comprehensive knowledge about each avenue. Marys talk will be an independent overview and one stop shop, full of information. The first step in making informed decisions about your care, is choosing your care provider. This one is not to be missed!

Irene Lowery

Irene Lowery

In 2011 Irene established Nurture a unique and vibrant nationwide counselling and training support service in Ireland supporting women and partners who struggle with Conception, Pregnancy & Childbirth related health issues. Nurture Health work with over 27 qualified humanistic counsellors who are accredited or pre-accredited to their respective governing bodies in Ireland and are trained in Nurture’s area of pregnancy and childbirth mental health. 

Irene is also an expert health advisor with and has written and contributed numerous health articles supporting women - talking about the signs and symptoms of baby blues, postnatal depression, traumatic birth and other health issues. 

In her talk Irene will speak about Maternal and Paternal mental health. How to protect your mental and emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and as you transition into parenthood. Her talk will help to remove the stigma around mental health and help to open up this important conversation.

A talk not to be missed!


Jen Crawford

Jen is co-owner of DoulaCare Ireland Ltd. She is a Birth & Postpartum Doula, Antenatal Educator with Antenatal Ireland , Cuidiu Breastfeeding Counsellor & Mindfulness in Pregnancy Instructor.

Jen was the first ever certified DONA International Postpartum Doula in Ireland. She is the only doula in Ireland who specialises in the care of preterm/sick babies and multiples and has boundless experience in not only this area but all things to do with pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

This year Jen’s talk will focus on the transition into parenting. How to practice self-care in the Fourth Trimester. Nurturing the new mother as she recovers after birth and finds her new normal. Easing the adjustment for siblings and partners, while protecting the mother/baby dyad and maintaining the new parent bubble.

This talk is one not to be missed. For parents, or anyone working with new parents there will be lots to take away!


Clare Collins

Clare Collins is a qualified midwife and a DONA International trained Postpartum Doula. She is also an IBCLC (Lactation Consultant) IPEN trained Placenta Encapsulator and Baby Massage Instructor. Clare has made it her mission in life to help, support and empower mothers everywhere during one of life’s most special times – settling in with a new baby.

This year, Clares talk will be “10 Things Your Midwife Wants You To Know”. This comprehensive talk will be uplifting, empowering and highlight the fantastic benefits of midwifery-led support. Clare will discuss evidence based research and draw on her years of experience supporting women and their partners.

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Sarah McCann

Sarah is a midwife working in a maternity hospital in Dublin. She is also a Cuidiu antenatal teacher (Antenatal Ireland), a hypnobirthing teacher and mother of 4 adults. She is passionate about women making informed decisions during their labour, birth and parenting journeys. In order to make informed decisions women need access to the information which will help them on their journey. 

In her talk Sarah will go through some of the international best evidence about vaginal birth after a caesarean section (VBAC) and relate it to the Irish setting. She will discuss ways to maximise a woman’s possibility of a successful VBAC and leave you feeling confident and fully informed on the topic.

Sarahs talk is not to be missed by pregnant women, their partners and the birth workers who may support them!


Who have we planned our conference for?

  • Expectant parents

  • Parents

  • Nurses

  • Midwives

  • Doctors

  • IBCLCs

  • Breastfeeding Peer Supporters

  • Doulas

    and more….