New Kilkenny website, a first in antenatal care

A new website, developed by an all Kilkenny team takes antenatal classes and information out of the classroom environment and into your own home.

A new website, developed by an all Kilkenny team takes antenatal classes and information out of the classroom environment and into your own home.

The site, www.antenatal.ie is the first website of its kind in Ireland and allows you to get the information at a time and place that suits you and it can also be used by groups when and where they choose.

It is the brainchild of one of the country’s most experienced professionals in the field and it has already received huge praise from end users and medical people and it can be delivered 24 hours a day, seven days a week at a cost effective price.

The main person driving the business is Jo Scobie, who has 29 years’ experience in both Irish and Scottish Midwifery practice. Her full time job is with The Women’s Health Group in Kilkenny. Her husband Brian Scobie is also involved with the business in a supporting role to Jo, doing the accounts and marketing.

The website provides free information on pregnancy, and the first weeks after the birth, aimed, mainly at first time parents.

So far it has been a “Made in Kilkenny enterprise. All the filming was done in Bonnettstown, on the outskirts of the city and The Women’s Health Group at Ayrfield Medical centre, Granges road, Kilkenny. The outside shots are the Granges Road.

Video Production was by Glasseye Productions of Thomastown; Website by Istech Web Design, Patrick Street. Kilkenny; Still shots are by Amanda Burke Photography, Kilkenny and the Graphics by All Design & Print, Kilkenny.

For a modest fee (which compares very favourably with other Antenatal Classes) the member will get unlimited access for five months to 10 online classes. These classes are delivered by professionals with almost 70 years of collective experience in this area. Jo Scobie (Registered Midwife Sonographer) Trevor Hayes (Consultant Obstetrician St Luke’s Kilkenny) and Joanne Brennan (Chartered Physiotherapist). All 3 work in Kilkenny. The classes also feature “real” expectant mothers, expectant fathers, and new parents with their respective babies

The Classes cover: Signs and symptoms to look out for; First, second and third stage of labour; Physiotherapist; Relaxation; Pain Relief; Hormones; Breast feeding and Bathing the baby