Our Board 2016 – 2017

MEDIA QUERIES Krysia Lynch 087 7543751

Women’s Support  Liz Kelly support@aimsireland.com
Chair and spokesperson Krysia Lynch

chair@aimsireland.com

Secretary and Repeal the 8th spokesperson Sinead Redmond secretary@aimsireland.com
Minority & Migrant Support Officer Lucy Paprah lucy@aimsireland.com
Vice Chair Breda Kearns breda@aimsireland.com
Newsletter / Journal Helen Guinane, newsletter@aimsireland.com
Webmistress / Social Media Nuala Hoey nuala@aimsireland.com
Events and Fundraising Rebecca Hegarty events@aimsireland.com
Membership Secretary Aisling McCarthy membership@aimsireland.com

Treasurer; Suzanne Lee. Other Board Members; Barbara Western, Jene Kelly Edel Quirke, Lisa Finegan, Ciara Bradley.

AIMS Ireland is run on a fully voluntary basis by women from all regions of Ireland; most with young families. AIMS Ireland committee members represent a wide range of birth choices and experiences, but come together under the common view of improving services.

Krysia Lynch, Chair Krysia Lynch started her working life as a researcher in environmental health and epidemiology; researching spatial variations in disease incidence and health provision. She has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and for ten years worked as a lecturer and researcher in Trinity College Dublin, including being Manager of the Environmental Sciences Unit. She developed an interest in community development and community health and worked as a researcher and and consultant with many women’s groups both in Ireland and in the developing world. Her interest in maternity issues arose when she became pregnant with her first child in 2000. At that time she felt that there was very little information available to women on which to make informed decisions and choices. She resolved that is she ever had an opportunity she would try and ensure that women had more information and more choice in maternity care. She trained as a professional doula and birth mentor in 2003 and became the PRO of the Home Birth Association in the same year. She left her job in TCD to become a full time parent and over time trained to become a licensed homeopath specialising in pregnancy birth and children’s health. She runs her own birth mentoring and doula business as well as practising as an independent research consultant in women’s health. She has been volunteering in the area of maternity care since 2003, including supporting women in the postnatal period. Her research background has helped her ensure that AIMSI always offers evidenced based research to women and their families and her lecturing experience has given her the confidence to represent AIMSI in the public arena both in the media and in academic gatherings. She is married with three children and lives in Dublin

Breda Kerans, is a founding member of AIMS Ireland. Has acted as Treasurer & Chair before her current role. Her background is in Toxicology & also in Community Development.

She has an active interest in human rights & mental health. She believes passionately in an holistic & evidenced based approach to maternity service provision.

Sinéad Redmond, Secretary & Repeal the 8th Amendment Representative, comes to AIMS from a background as a pro-choice activist; having been a founding member of the Abortion Rights Campaign, Sinéad’s long-time interest in maternity rights made AIMS, with its broader perspective and support for choice in all aspects of pregnancy and birth, the ideal home from which to continue her activism and campaigning.

Barbara Western, has spent the last 20 years working, volunteering and studying in the area of adult mental health and physical disabilities and this has led to a keen interest in life span development. In addition to postgraduate training in Applied Psychology, Barbara has been teaching yoga (including prenatal yoga), meditation and mindfulness for over 10 years. These interests combine wonderfully to inform Barbara’s advocacy in birth rights and perinatal mental health.

AIMSI s proclamation for the birthing women of Ireland to celebrate 2016