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12th Feb 2015

Ireland’s first male midwife offering homebirth services

Dan Oakes is one of the founders of Neighbourhood Midwives

Ireland’s first male midwife has set up a service offering maternity and birthing services to families in their own homes.

Dan Oakes, who worked as an electrician before the recession, retrained in midwifery after his wife remarked on how helpful he was during the birth of their own first child.

The Alaskan, now based in Co Louth, graduated from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2013, hitting the headlines as Ireland’s first male midwife.

Teaming up with Tracy Donegan, a college classmate, and a number of experienced and fully qualified midwives, Oakes launched Neighbourhood Midwives, their company¬†philosophy based on “a commitment to pregnancy and birth as exciting, but normal, life events.”

The company offers doula support, night cover, breastfeeding and bottle feeding support and ‘Babymoon’ services. Click here for more details.




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