eumom pregnancy & birth expert


I’m Tracy Donegan, registered midwife and mum to 2 gorgeous boys (3 and 10). I’ve been working in Irish maternity services since 2005 and really enjoy helping Irish families have the best experiences possible. You may be familiar with my books – The Irish Better Birth Book and The Irish Caesarean and VBAC Guide, as well as the very popular GentleBirth Positive Birth programme. I also write the Ask the Midwife page in Easy Parenting magazine.

Get pregnancy & birth advice from Tracy

As a midwife I meet mums and dads from all walks of life, but nearly every parent-to-be I meet shares a common experience of a big fear of labour (or complete denial that the baby has to come out!). Becoming a parent is such a life-changing experience and with the support of your maternity care team it can be a hugely empowering one.

So put the kettle on and we’ll have a chat about any concerns you have about pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding – or better still, come along to ‘Meet the Midwife Morning’ in your local Costa Coffee in Dublin, Meath, Cork and Galway.

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Get pregnancy & birth advice from Tracy

4 Responses to “eumom pregnancy & birth expert”

  1. Profile photo of hanbehan hanbehan

    Hello, I am 40wks on wed & myself & my husband tried to have sex recently to see if it would bring on the labour, only I found it very painful, a stinging/stabbing sensation. Is this normal? Also my babies head is still quite not engaged what can I do to help it? Thanks

  2. Profile photo of claire claire

    Hi im 31 weeks on my 3rd child and have been diagnosed with gestational diabitates for which im on 3 tablets daily for the last week….ive heard that anyone with gd usually goes early into labour??? Is that true?? Ive not got a big bump 38cm on tuesday. thanks

    • Profile photo of Mairéad Cahalan Mairéad Cahalan

      Hi Claire,

      We asked Tracy, our pregnancy expert, and she had this to say:

      “Gestational diabetes isn’t usually associated with early spontaneous labour however your care provider may discuss early induction with you if your GD hasn’t been well controlled. Even with your medication, it’s important to continue to exercise, reduce processed carbs and manage stress levels to maintain healthy blood sugars for you and your baby.”

      Hope this helps!

      Mairéad, Content Manager

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