GentleBirth is a highly acclaimed programme founded by Irish midwife, doula, and author Tracy Donegan in 2006 to support mum-to-be and their birth partners preparing for a positive pregnancy, birth experience, and entry into the demands of parenting in the early years.

Aware of the structural changes that occur in a pregnant woman’s brain, Tracy decided to harness this potential by developing “an uplifting, empowering brain-training for parents, from that positive pregnancy test through to the first year of parenting, to reduce stress and increase confidence and emotional reslilience”.

The programme has proved so popular and effective in equipping participants with the mental and physical tools required for a positive entry into parenthood, that it has spread internationally, with highly qualified instructors delivering the training in countries throughout the world. Although GentleBirth cannot predict the details surrounding a particular birth, it does equip parents with the knowledge and brain-training that will enable them to make informed choices regarding their birth preferences and their care, as well as providing a toolkit of physical, emotional and communication techniques that can be used to optimise the chances of an easeful positive experience.

At the Novara Centre, the GentleBirth workshops will be delivered by Lara Dunlea, a highly experienced yoga teacher and childbirth educator who has worked with hundreds of pregnant women in preparing for a positive birth and parenting experience. Lara draws on her background in psychology and education in her delivery of the course content, and is excited about the potential that the workshops offer to prospective parents.

GentleBirth workshop

GentleBirth Upcoming dates to be confirmed

For any information please contact the Centre on 01 2761745 or email