Upcoming workshops

Lots of amazing workshops coming up in 2022! Scroll down for more info on all of them.

We continue to host FREE ONLINE COFFEE MORNINGS once a month.

Join our newsletter at the bottom of the page to receive updates about upcoming workshops, or contact us directly to find out more:

doulas@wellmama.ie

 

Wellmama Coffee Mornings

 

Every last Friday of the month! 10:30 am – 12 pm.

LOCATION: online via Zoom

COST: free

Join us for chats and question time around pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Connect with other pregnant people and new mamas. Anyone welcome to join. Feel heard, supported, and uplifted!

Hosted by the Wellmama doula team.

To receive the Zoom invitation for the coffee mornings contact Su at susann.huschke@gmail.com or call, text or whatsapp 089-9864283.

Wellmama Coffee Mornings

Every last Friday of the month! 10:30 am – 12 pm.

LOCATION: online via Zoom

COST: free

Join us for chats and question time around pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Connect with other pregnant people and new mamas. Anyone welcome to join. Feel heard, supported, and uplifted!

Hosted by the Wellmama doula team.

To receive the Zoom invitation for the coffee mornings contact Su at susann.huschke@gmail.com or call, text or whatsapp 089-9864283. 

 

Hypnobirthing for couples

KG Hypnobirthing – a complete in-depth antenatal training programme designed to release fear and build confidence during pregnancy and birth.

Course runs over 4 consecutive weeks to ensure maximum benefit. 

DATES: Starting 22 January, 23 April, 3 September, 5 November

TIME: Saturdays, 10am to 1pm

VENUE: The Urban Co-op, Ballysimon Road, Limerick, V94 N7D3

COST: 300 EUR per couple—the best money you might ever spend

CONTACT: Natasha 087-6490571 or Sandra 086-9418294 for more details about this life-changing course.

 

 

Hypnobirthing for couples

KG Hypnobirthing – a complete in-depth antenatal training programme designed to release fear and build confidence during pregnancy and birth.

Course runs over 4 consecutive weeks to ensure maximum benefit. Choose between a Wednesday evening or Saturday morning course.

DATES: Starting 22 January, 23 April, 3 September, 5 November

TIME: Saturdays, 10am to 1pm

VENUE: The Urban Co-op, Ballysimon Road, Limerick, V94 N7D3

COST: 300 EUR per couple—the best money you might ever spend

CONTACT: Natasha 087-6490571 or Sandra 086-9418294 for more details about this life-changing course

“In the Wellmama workshops, I have found my tribe. They are amazing facilitators, and I am so glad I joined their programme.”

“In the Wellmama workshops, I have found my tribe. They are amazing facilitators, and I am so glad I joined their programme.”

Confident Birthing Workshop

NEXT DATES: 19 February, 2 April, 8 October

TIME: 11 am – 3 pm 

LOCATION: Urban Co-Op Limerick or MacDonagh Centre Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

COST: 65 Euros

For women in all stages of pregnancy to help prepare for a confident positive birth. This workshop empowers women to trust their bodies, their babies, and their own strength.

The workshop includes:

    • Let’s talk about birth: a safe space to connect with other women, share experiences and ask questions
    • The basic needs of a woman in labour: understanding what happens during labour and how to create a safe space to support the birthing process
    • Pain relief: breathing, relaxation and coping with pain
    • Birth positions: exploring different positions and how they can affect the birth process
    • Your body, your baby, your choice: find reliable information to help you decide what’s right for you and your family
    • Bump massage: time to connect with your baby with voice and touch
    • The birth partner: how to involve your partner in the birth process

 Contact: Su Huschke 089-9864283 

Confident Birthing Workshop

NEXT DATES: 19 February, 2 April, 8 October

TIME: 11 am – 3 pm 

LOCATION: Urban Co-Op Limerick or MacDonagh Centre Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

COST: 65 Euros

For women in all stages of pregnancy to help prepare for a confident positive birth. This workshop empowers women to trust their bodies, their babies, and their own strength.

The workshop includes:

    • Let’s talk about birth: a safe space to connect with other women, share experiences and ask questions
    • The basic needs of a woman in labour: understanding what happens during labour and how to create a safe space to support the birthing process
    • Pain relief: breathing, relaxation and coping with pain
    • Birth positions: exploring different positions and how they can affect the birth process
    • Your body, your baby, your choice: find reliable information to help you decide what’s right for you and your family
    • Bump massage: time to connect with your baby with voice and touch
    • The birth partner: how to involve your partner in the birth process

Contact: Su Huschke 089-9864283

 

Confident Birth Partners

NEXT DATES: 9 April, 30 July, 22 October 2022

TIME: 10-12 AM

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

COST: 45 EUROS

This workshop prepares you – the birth partner – to be the best possible support:

  • Meet other Dads/Parents to be;
  • Learn do’s and dont’s of birth support;
  • Explore your hopes, fears and intentions for the upcoming birth;
  • Develop confidence in your capacities as a birth partner;
  • Leave feeling relaxed and enthusiastic about the birthing process.

Facilitators: Aisling, one of the Wellmama Doulas, and Ruari, who is a health and gender expert as well as a father of two with experience in supporting a labouring mama and catching babies. 

CONTACT AISLING FINUCANE 086-400 7140

Confident Birth Partners

NEXT DATES: 9 April, 30 July, 22 October 2022

TIME: 10-12 AM

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

COST: 45 EUROS

This workshop prepares you – the birth partner – to be the best possible support:

  • Meet other Dads/Parents to be;
  • Learn do’s and dont’s of birth support;
  • Explore your hopes, fears and intentions for the upcoming birth;
  • Develop confidence in your capacities as a birth partner;
  • Leave feeling relaxed and enthusiastic about the birthing process.

Facilitators: Aisling, one of the Wellmama Doulas, and Ruari, who is a health and gender expert as well as a father of two with experience in supporting a labouring mama and catching babies. 

CONTACT AISLING FINUCANE 086-400 7140

 

Confident Postpartum

NEXT DATES: 30 January, 18 June, 28 August, 30 October 2022

TIME: 11 am – 3 pm

LOCATION: Urban Co-op, Limerick

COST: 65 Euros

For birthing people and couples at any stage of pregnancy or early postpartum (you can bring your baby!) who want to gain practical tools and prepare for a confident, positive and empowered early days experience.

The workshop includes:

  • Exploring the 4th trimester – what is involved and how can we best prepare?
  • Normal newborn behaviour – the golden hour and beyond
  • Physical needs – a look at recovery; post-partum depletion- what is it and what to look out for; pelvic floor health; rest and nutrition
  • Emotional needs and support – here we delve into bonding with baby, hormone changes, where, when and how to seek support and the importance of and building community
  • Practical tools – exploring all the practical stuff from sleep (for both parents and baby!) to navigating new family dynamics.

CONTACT AISLING FINUCANE 086-400 7140

Confident Postpartum

NEXT DATES: 30 January, 18 June, 28 August, 30 October 2022

TIME: 11 am – 1 pm

LOCATION: Urban Co-op, Limerick

COST: 65 Euros

For birthing people and couples at any stage of pregnancy or early postpartum (you can bring your baby!) who want to gain practical tools and prepare for a confident, positive and empowered early days experience.

The workshop includes:

  • Exploring the 4th trimester – what is involved and how can we best prepare?
  • Normal newborn behaviour – the golden hour and beyond
  • Physical needs – a look at recovery; post-partum depletion- what is it and what to look out for; pelvic floor health; rest and nutrition
  • Emotional needs and support – here we delve into bonding with baby, hormone changes, where, when and how to seek support and the importance of and building community
  • Practical tools – exploring all the practical stuff from sleep (for both parents and baby!) to navigating new family dynamics.

CONTACT AISLING FINUCANE 086-400 7140

 

Birth Story Healing

NEXT DATES: 5 March, 27 August, 13 November 2022

TIME: 10:30 am-4 pm

LOCATION: Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary (March and November) and Ennistymon, Co. Clare (August)

COST: 110 EUROS incl. light lunch

Birth doesn’t always go the way you wanted it to. You can be left feeling hurt, upset, disappointed, angry, guilty, lost. In this workshop, you will re-tell your birth story as part of a healing journey. The one-day workshop will include:

  • Drumming relaxation
  • Birth story sharing
  • Body-mapping (a creative, arts-based method to visualise how we feel in our bodies)
  • Listening from the heart and finding the words to rewrite your story
  • Guided visualization

No matter how long ago you experienced a difficult birth – weeks, months, or years – you are welcome to join. If your baby is still small, feel free to bring them to the workshop! We will work around feeding times and other needs.

We use trauma-informed techniques to avoid re-traumatisation. We will create a safe space where you and your experience are honoured, witnessed and transformed. 

    CONTACT: Su Huschke 089-9864283

    Birth Story Healing

    NEXT DATES: 5 March, 27 August, 13 November 2022

    TIME: 10:30 am-4 pm

    LOCATION: Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary (March and November) and Ennistymon, Co. Clare (August)

    COST: 110 EUROS incl. light lunch

    Birth doesn’t always go the way you wanted it to. You can be left feeling hurt, upset, disappointed, angry, guilty, lost. In this workshop, you will re-tell your birth story as part of a healing journey. The one-day workshop will include:

    • Drumming relaxation
    • Birth story sharing
    • Body-mapping (a creative, arts-based method to visualise how we feel in our bodies)
    • Listening from the heart and finding the words to rewrite your story
    • Guided visualization

    No matter how long ago you experienced a difficult birth – weeks, months, or years – you are welcome to join. If your baby is still small, feel free to bring them to the workshop! We will work around feeding times and other needs.

    We use trauma-informed techniques to avoid re-traumatisation. We will create a safe space where you and your experience are honoured, witnessed and transformed. 

      CONTACT: Su Huschke 089-9864283

       

      Rising Up – Feminist Tools for Birthing Autonomy

      DATES: tba

      LOCATION: online via Zoom

      COST: 30 EUR per monthly session. If you want to take part and this is not affordable for you, get in touch and we will work it out.

      A monthly online programme for mamas, mamas-to-be and birth workers who want to dive deep and unpack the politics of birth. We explore the social norms and deeply engrained patriarchal, capitalist structures that are the root of trauma, disrespect, and lack of autonomy in our birth culture.

      Through hands-on exercises, creative tools and group discussions, we practice self-exploration, intuition and critical consciousness.

      Whether you are pregnant, or a mama, or a birth worker supporting birthing people – this programme will help you make sense of your own or others’ birth experiences and prepare you for more empowered, autonomous births in the future.

      Together we discover all the things we need to rewild within ourselves to change birth.

      A different theme each month! You can join any or all of these. Themes include:

      • We are wild animals. How to give birth like a cat, or: the physiology of mammalian birth.
      • One Born Every Minute. What we are told about birth by the TV and others, and how that affects us.
      • Knowledge is power. Research evidence, the ‘truth’, and where to find it.
      • What I need. Identifying and expressing our needs, and why that is so hard.
      • Knowing from within. Practicing intuition.
      • Speaking Up. Facing medical authority and how to tap into your inner warrior.
      • Our bodies, ourselves. Exploring our relationship with our bodies, our strength and our pain.
      • The threshold. How do we cope with the spiritual and emotional intensity of birth?

      Contact: Su Huschke 089-9864283 

      Rising Up – Feminist Tools for Birthing Autonomy

      DATES: every first Friday, 10 am – 12 pm

      LOCATION: online via Zoom

      COST: 30 EUR per monthly session. If you want to take part and this is not affordable for you, get in touch and we will work it out.

      A monthly online programme for mamas, mamas-to-be and birth workers who want to dive deep and unpack the politics of birth. We explore the social norms and deeply engrained patriarchal, capitalist structures that are the root of trauma, disrespect, and lack of autonomy in our birth culture.

      Through hands-on exercises, creative tools and group discussions, we practice self-exploration, intuition and critical consciousness.

      Whether you are pregnant, or a mama, or a birth worker supporting birthing people – this programme will help you make sense of your own or others’ birth experiences and prepare you for more empowered, autonomous births in the future.

      Together we discover all the things we need to rewild within ourselves to change birth.

      A different theme each month! You can join any or all of these. Themes include:

      • We are wild animals. How to give birth like a cat, or: the physiology of mammalian birth.
      • One Born Every Minute. What we are told about birth by the TV and others, and how that affects us.
      • Knowledge is power. Research evidence, the ‘truth’, and where to find it.
      • What I need. Identifying and expressing our needs, and why that is so hard.
      • Knowing from within. Practicing intuition.
      • Speaking Up. Facing medical authority and how to tap into your inner warrior.
      • Our bodies, ourselves. Exploring our relationship with our bodies, our strength and our pain.
      • The threshold. How do we cope with the spiritual and emotional intensity of birth?

      Contact: Su Huschke 089-9864283

       

      Wellmama Self-Care Programme  

      SELF CARE TECHNIQUES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MUMS

      A six week programme coordinated by the North Tipperary Development Company (NTDC). 

      Online via Zoom.

      DATE: tba

      COST: free

      We cover a different self-care technique every week, including breathing, reawakening your resources, organising your day, creating community, affirmations and meditation, creative activities such as painting and singing, and connecting to nature.

      A wellbeing pack will to be posted out to each of the participants. There will be an activity at the end of each week for women to practice at home. Group sessions will include check-ins and open questions and answers.

      CONTACT: NATASHA SINCLAIR 087-6490571

      Wellmama Self-care Programme

      SELF CARE TECHNIQUES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MUMS

      A six week programme coordinated by the North Tipperary Development Company (NTDC). Get in touch if you’re interested!

      DATE: tba

      COST: free

      We cover a different self-care technique every week, including breathing, reawakening your resources, organising your day, creating community, affirmations and meditation, creative activities such as painting and singing, and connecting to nature.

      A wellbeing pack will to be posted out to each of the participants. There will be an activity at the end of each week for women to practice at home. Group sessions will include check-ins and open questions and answers.

      CONTACT: NATASHA SINCLAIR 087-6490571

       

      Baby Bonding and Massage Class

      NEXT DATE: TBA

      LOCATION: CLOUGHJORDAN, TIPPERARY

      COST: 40 EUROS

      We will be exploring the benefits and contra-indications of baby massage.  Learn how to recognise baby’s cues, explore safe oils and the best massage environment. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about any concerns you may have about life with your new baby, from nursing to self care to integrating baby into the family.

      The class is run by doulas Natasha and Michelle, between them they have six children and plenty of practical and therapeutic experience.

      Note: This is not a massage course, it is an introduction session. Because of Covid restrictions, numbers are limited so booking is essential. All parents/guardians must bring their own cushions , blankets and refreshments.

      CONTACT NATASHA SINCLAIR 087-649 0571

      What Women Have Said

      Here are some kind words from some wonderful women that have attended our workshops.

      “Good vibes! Everything was so interesting and thought-provoking. I am taking away from the workshop: the power of me and my body. To trust my instinct and to be calm. Women’s intelligent design and how special that is.”

      Ciara, second time Mum, Ennis

      “Having a doula to support me before, during, and after the birth of my son was invaluable. The workshops gave me the ability to empathise with women in a similar life stage as myself. I would absolutely recommend this amazing group of doulas to any woman.”

      Alison, first time Mum, Limerick

       “I definitely feel more prepared for the birth after the workshop. I feel more calm and ‘ready’. The workshop made me feel very supported and safe. Hearing the birth stories was very useful and getting to ask questions to Sandra (the midwife) about the hospital protocol.”

      Erin, first time Mum, Limerick

       “The mix of points of view of a doula, a midwife and another mother made the workshop very complete and powerful. I feel very reassured and more informed.”

      Claudia, first time Mum, Tipperary

      “I liked everything about the workshop! This will EASE you! Chatting to women with experience and the same worries as me. Support, belly massage, hypnobirthing – amazing day, thank you!”

      Ciara, first time Mum, Limerick

      “I am taking away more confidence to use my voice more, about what feels right to me. It was too short, I just so enjoyed it!”

      Mena, third time Mum, Limerick