About Louise Murphy

I'm a Women's Health Physio, Gentlebirth Instructor and Doula. If you'd like to attend a Gentlebirth workshop in Tipperary or Limerick with me, come along to pregnancy pilates or join my online pregnancy pilates programme, get in touch! You can contact me on 0879229708 or email louise@mindingmums.com or see my workshop dates on www.gentlebirth.com/louisemurphy

Birth in Water – Good or Bad for The Pelvic Floor?

Where do you plan to give birth? Many women who plan to give birth at home, also plan on using a birth pool. If you plan to give birth in a hospital setting, maybe your hospital has a birth pool. So you may be wondering about the pros and cons of birth in water […]

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    Top Tips During Pregnancy for Reducing Your Risk of Perineal Tears

Top Tips During Pregnancy for Reducing Your Risk of Perineal Tears

I recently did a Facebook Live discussion on ‘Protecting Your Perineum for a Positive Birth’ on the Gentlebirth mums Facebook group which you can join and watch back if you’d like. I’m including some of the main points we touched on in this article too. So first of all, what is a perineal tear […]


Does Episiotomy Really Protect the Pelvic Floor?

What is Episiotomy?
An episiotomy is a surgical to the perineum made during childbirth. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anal sphincter. In my Gentlebirth workshops, we discuss worries that expectant mums may have about the birth. Having an episiotomy is almost always close to the top of the list.
Why […]


How Ready Are You For Labour?

We all know it’s difficult at times, especially during pregnancy, to commit to a regular exercise routine. But did you know that pregnancy exercise can help make labour shorter, reduce the likelihood of problems like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and help you to get back in shape more easily after your baby is […]


Just Given Birth? How’s Your Bladder?

Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and Kate Winslet have all been surprised at the effect giving birth has had on their bladders. After birth, it is common to have some bladder problems in the first few hours or days. However, it is NOT normal for these issues to continue longer than that. Here is some advice to help you address them!

12 Resources for an Evidence Based Pregnancy & Post Partum

Expecting a baby in 2017? Feeling like you'd like to be a little more informed? Or just wondering what books you might buy with those Christmas book vouchers? Here are some really great books, websites and workshops where you'll find (almost) everything you'll need to know as an expectant or new parent.

What’s Happening in 2017?

A quick round-up of all the fun classes and workshops and great services I'll be offering in 2017!

7 Tips for Post Partum Prolapse

The good news is that post natal prolapse often resolves very well with conservative treatment and surgery is not usually required. Here are some tips if you think you have a prolapse following the birth of your baby.

Gentlebirth: From a Skeptic to a Skeptic

Skeptical about Gentlebirth? To tell the truth, I was too. I first stumbled across Gentlebirth when I was working as a Women’s Health physiotherapist in a general hospital with a small maternity unit. My job involved treating pregnant women with pain and incontinence problems, giving the ‘physiotherapy antenatal classes’, and, the part I found […]


Looking For an Excuse to Eat Cake? You’re Welcome!

Have you seen signs about Gentlebirth Meet-Ups around your neighbourhood or popping up on your Facebook newsfeed and wondered what they were all about?
Well here are 6 reasons why you should head along!
1. It’s free.
Well unless you’d like to have coffee and cake that is….everybody buys their own (and nobody counts how many slices)!
2. […]