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Anne Halpenny is from Dublin and has lived on the Costa del Sol since 1996. She is a mum of boy/girl twins, born in Marbella in 2009.


Anne qualified as a midwife in 1985 and has worked in Australia, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, the UK and Ireland thereby exposing her to different cultures and ways of practicing as a midwife. She settled in Marbella in 1996 and whilst awaiting Spanish registration, she also worked in St. Bernard’s Hospital Gibraltar. She was the first foreigner to work in the Maternity Unit in the Hospital Costa del Sol, Marbella in 1999.


Extra studies include: Research Methods, Reproductive Studies (RCSI, Dublin) Ultrasonography (Rotunda Hospital, Dublin), Reflexology & Aromatherapy (Dublin & Marbella), Postnatal groups (NCT, London), Preparation for an Alternative Birth (Aquario Birthing Centre, Alicante,) Antenatal Education (Birth International London), Teaching AquaNatal Exercise (UK STA). Being a Mum of twins she has become even more interested in all issues related to multiple births/parenting! She is also an EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE Instructor - qualified to teach various CPR and First Aid courses, including Pediatric.


Yvonne Marry, the second ‘Irish midwife’ was born in Kilkenny and has lived in Spain since she was a child. She has worked in the Hospital Costa del Sol since 2003 and joined Anne in running the courses in November 2008. She qualified in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

 

She is also a Clinical Midwifery Tutor involved with the training of student midwives in Malaga University. As the Hospital Costa del Sol is now a ‘hospital de referencia’ in the area of natural childbirth she lectures Obstetricians and Midwives from around Spain on normal childbirth. She was one of the first, of only a handful of, midwives awarded the Certificate of Quality & Expertise in Professional Competency by the Junta de Andalucia (Dept of Health) in 2009.

 

Other studies include Family Planning, Reproductive and Sexual Health, use of Entonox, Emergency resuscitation, Fetal Heart Monitoring & Care of the Pelvic Floor. She is also qualified to teach Baby Massage. As Yvonne works full time in the Delivery Suite in the HCS, a significant number of ‘our’ couples have been under her care having their babies.

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