The new self-funded book Giving birth in Ireland edited by Sue Huschke and Leigh Brosnan was launched at Listowel book festival at the end of May 2024. The book is born out of an extraordinary collaborative effort of the editors and members of the Irish Birth Movement. It’s for all those who give birth in Ireland and those supporting them. Written by doctors, midwives, doulas, therapists, mothers and birth partners, it explains how the maternity system in Ireland works; what the options are; and what it really feels like to birth in this country, whether in the hospital or at home.

The authors, who are spread around Ireland tackle the challenging decisions that parents have to face as well as sharing stories of hope and joy. The authors maintain that being “well informed’” gives the best chance of experiencing “a positive empowered birth.” Soon-to-be parents, parents, and all birth professionals will benefit as will those who have given birth already.

One of the contributing authors is IACST Craniosacral therapist Sara Devoy, who has a passion for birth recovery and seeing birth from the baby’s perspective.

“ As Craniosacral therapists, I feel that is it vital that we know the up-to-date options for future parents. The focus of the book aims to be balanced and empowering rather than biased towards a particular type of birthing experience. Many who have given birth already have found it has helped them make sense of what happened to them. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did putting it together. “ Says Sara

The book is available from Sheelaghnagig books.

OR request at your local bookshop or library.

The Irish Birth Movement, meets four times a year. It can be found on social media platforms and is free to join.


From left Jillian Molloy, (Chapter 16), Dr Sarah Brennan (Chapter 6), Robbie Malloy (Chapter 14), Sara Devoy (Chapter 12) and Marie O Donovan local Doula in Listowel. Front line, first daughter of G and R. 


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