Meet the face of Mamogs
Sligo native Michelle Doherty is a Dona International trained Postpartum Doula. A qualified Early Years Educator and in special educational needs. Michelle who continues to up-skill has also attended training in breastfeeding support, pregnancy and infant loss, ACES, is trained in paediatric first aid and a First Responder. She is Garda vetted and insured. Michelle brings with her over 25 years experience of supporting and caring for babies, young children, and the family unit. Michelle is also a mother.
Michelle in her own words
“I have lived in Sligo all my life and have worked in childcare and with families for over 20 years. I have spent time in pre school, special needs and as a childminder with the last eight years focused and dedicated to supporting families with babies and young children. My goal is to empower you the parents to be the best you can be while ensuring you are supported and cared for on this parenting journey.
As I grew and learned more through study, experience, reading and meeting families I knew that supporting the family as a unit was vital. Providing the right support that empowers parents in the choices they make allows them to grow in confidence and so leads to positive parenting and a happy family unit.
When I started Mamogs in 2013 I saw a need for a mum to be given the opportunity to take a little time out as she grew into parenthood. The early weeks of what some mums call total madness was settling a bit and she needed some head space but who could she trust with her baby. For some parents it was getting time to spend with baby while older siblings were cared for or visa versa. I knew this was something I could do with a passion and without judgment, while following the parents direction fully. Sometimes that time out was just to have a long bath, or a lunch date with a partner, an exercise class, a walk on the beach, a sleep or all of the above. Whatever it was it worked and everyone was happy.
As I grew into Mamogs I found myself extending my service and supporting parents even more in the home. Many were asking for help earlier and I found myself performing the role of a Postpartum Doula. Providing peer support in breastfeeding, cooking meals, helping with light household chores and providing informative support. This has led me to train with Dona International as a Postpartum Doula and now providing these two sides to Mamogs. I look forward to supporting you and your family on your parenting journey and helping you to have your needs met from the start.”