Sometimes, following the birth of a baby, women may need help to work through how they are feeling. They may be feeling anxious, over-whelmed, depressed, or perhaps they are trying to work through a difficult, scary, or traumatic birthing experience.
There are many reasons why women , and, sometimes their partners, may benefit from counselling after the birth of a baby.
There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ reasons for seeking counselling.
It is important that if you feel like you need to speak to someone, that you find the support you need to feel better.
The accredited list of counsellors can be found here: http://
The accredited list of counselling or clinical psychologist ( panic or anxiety or PTSD) can be found here – OR – can be arranged via a referral through a GP or this site: http://
Family Resource Centres also offer counselling liaison services. Find your nearest Family Resource Centre here: http://www.tusla.ie/services/
Positive Birth Healing Workshops Ireland facilitate not-for-profit full day healing workshops and private sessions for mothers who have experienced birth trauma. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
AIMSI Birth Healing support group: A closed group for women whom have experienced a difficult or traumatic childbirth offering a safe place to share stories and provide peer support. If you are interested in this group, please contact AIMS Ireland. email@example.com or via messages. You will be required to provide an email address to be added.
Complaints Sometimes, the care women receive in pregnancy ,or during her labour, birth, or post natal care is not good enough. It is so important that women take the time to make a complaint if their care was lacking, or unkind, or unsafe. Complaints and sharing experiences is the only way we will ever see a change in practice.
There are several ways you can do this:
1) HSE – Your Service Your say: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/yourhealthservice/feedback/
Please note, there is a time compliance with HSE complaints services. A written acknowledgement should be received immediately and complaints officers will look into your complaint within 30 days of the date of acknowledgement. If your complaint will take longer than 30 days for a reply, the complaints officer must acknowledge this within the 30 day reply timeframe and an update will be provided every 20 days. If the HSE does not comply to these terms, please contact AIMS Ireland at support@ 2) To make a complaint about a midwife or nurse – An Bord Altranais: http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/complaints_process.aspx
3) To make a complaint about a doctor – Medical Council: http://www.medicalcouncil.ie/Public-Information/Making-a-Complaint-/
4) Contact your local TD with your experience or what you would like to see from Irish maternity services
If you would like any further information or to contact confidential and independent AIMS Ireland support services or require assistance with a complaint, please contact AIMSI at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading, talking, sharing, and supporting each other.
AIMS Ireland Team