Dr Maeve Hurley, chief executive and co-founder of Ag Éisteach, speaking at the launch of its Able Training Programme for front-line workers. Photograph: Darragh Kane

We all know people who make us feel better about ourselves and more optimistic about life. Conversely there are others we encounter who leave us stres(...)

Child psychotherapist Colman Noctor with his children Harry (2), Ódhran (7), and Layla (4) at home in Wickow. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Colman Noctor is the author of Cop On: What It Is and Why Your Child Needs It to Thrive and Survive in Today’s World. He has more than 20 years’ exper(...)

Louise Renwick with her children Shay (3) and Bobby (10 months) who runs the Blessington mums community support group. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is a lot of professional help out there for parents but sometimes you just need peers to tell you not what you should be doing but how it actual(...)

For many women, the idea of a baby growing inside them is deeply unsettling. Photograph: iStockphoto

Tocophobia, an extreme fear of childbirth, is surprisingly common and is estimated to affect one in 10 women. It was first identified by Dr Kristina (...)

Gavin Kearns and Lucy Ní Raghaill, with their two sons, three -year old Oisín and 11-month-old Cormac, having some family time in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Lucy Ní Raghaill Lucy Ní Raghaill is “excited and ready” to go back to work this month after the birth of her second child and extended maternity leav(...)

If women’s anxieties are not identified and dealt with, they can get out of hand. They overthink things, with negative thoughts leading to low self-esteem, which increases the risk of post-natal depression. Photograph: Thinkstock

Physical changes during pregnancy and early motherhood are hard to ignore, from the swelling breasts and enlarging bump to the loosening of ligaments (...)

Sue Jameson (centre) and Denise Guidera (second from the right) with members of the Dublin 7 Cuidiu Breastfeeding support group in Phibsboro. Photograph: Alan Betson

The “good enough mother” was a notion that was promoted by paediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott when he started broadcasting parent(...)