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Journey to Birth

Funded by the HRB, through a KEDS award, and developed by maternal health researchers, in partnership with midwives and women’s organisations, the Journey to Birth course provides vital information to support women, and their partners, as they learn how to labour and birth their child. This free antenatal course was launched during June of 2020, when face-to-face antenatal classes were cancelled in Ireland and abroad, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing women with much needed information and resources.

Women’s Health After Motherhood (WHAM) online course

Women’s Health After Motherhood (WHAM), a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), was launched in October 2019. Co-designed and developed with mothers and maternal health experts, WHAM aims at bridging women’s knowledge gaps, breaking the silence around embarrassing or sensitive health issues, and enabling women to self-assess and feel empowered to take action for their health. Funded by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), the course is on its 3rd run with over 8,000 enrolled. Access to the course was changed in 2020 to ensure that the programme would be free and accessible to everyone, at any time. WHAM was recognised by the 2020 Health Service Excellence Awards as an exemplary project contributing to health and social care services.
WHAM includes resources from the following projects:

  • MESSAGES (Motherhood, empowerment, sustainable self-help: addressing gaps in education with science)
  • ON-TRACK (Towards Recovery After Childbirth through Knowledge)