What We Do

Cuidiu DSE offers support for parents in many ways ranging from access to antenatal education, breastfeeding support, and parent to parent support. We are a community of parent volunteering to provide support for each other.

For ongoing activities related to the support services below, you can visit our Events & News section.


Antenatal Education

The Cuidiú Antenatal & Early Parenting Course includes independent, evidence-based information for your birthing journey.

Contact Anne Marie at About Birth and Babies 086 3412571

Anne Marie is also a qualified Instructor in Infant Massage, accredited to International Association of Infant Massage(IAIM) through Baby Massage Ireland. Low rate of €60 for Cuidiu members refundable on most private health insurance schemes.


Breastfeeding support

In addition to having breastfeeding counselors available, we also have regular breastfeeding support mornings.

Our breastfeeding counsellors are there to give information and encouragement and can be contacted at any time:

  • Nicola Reeves 012302358
  • Liz McGovern 01-2853179
  • Ruth Carey 2853178
  • Cita Crefeld 086 8565787
  • Grainne Gallwey 087 7596718
  • Catherine Barrett 087 2897651
  • Stella Folan 086 3815497
  • Laura Crowley 0877769875

Hospital standard Breast Pump available to hire. Please contact Grainne Gallwey for details. Tel. 087 7596718

Read more about our breastfeeding support network.


Parent to Parent Support

Our parent 2 parent support and PND coffee mornings meet monthly. You can view our current events sheet on our homepage to get further details on dates and times.

Parent 2 parent supporters are mothers that have been trained with communication, facilitation and counselling skills; (but are not actual counsellors); they can provide a listening ear and support for anyone who would like to talk in confidence about the ups and downs of parenting. Email cuidiudseparenthood@gmail.com for more details or text Iva: 083 4576737 or Lorna 0857234429 to talk in confidence. Email cuidiudseparenthood@gmail.com for more details or text 0851448158.


Bump, Baby & Toddler Groups

Bumps & Babes Mornings and Breastfeeding Mornings

Bumps & Babes and Breastfeeding Mornings are 10am-12pm on alternate Thursdays, plus a monthly BF evening meeting Tuesdays 8pm-10pm.

Baby and Toddler Groups

The Irish name Cuidiú means care and support and that’s exactly what the Dublin South East Branch of Cuidiú aims to do for all parents with bumps or babes, tots or teens. Through the Branch’s activities we hope to provide both information and a supportive background to empower parents to act upon their decisions. These activities include Antenatal education, Breastfeeding Counselling, Postnatal and Parenthood Support, and Baby and Toddler Groups.

Our baby and toddler groups start from 7 September and run during term times from 10am-12pm.

There is a charge of €4 for members & €7 for non-members.

Wednesdays: St. Paul’s Church Hall, Adelaide Rd, Glenageary (contact Anna Walsh for more information – 087 9351026)

Fridays: Foxrock Parish Centre, Foxrock Church (contact Jenny McGovern for more information – 087 2043373)

Everyone with a child in their care of preschool age is welcome to have a coffee and a chat while the children have a play. It is a great way to get some much needed adult conversation. The hall is a great size enabling many different corners of play such as; books, arts and crafts, and a baby-toys corner.  While the middle of the room includes all the favourites such as trains, building blocks, a slide and a kitchen to name just a few. The morning is always finished off with parachute play and a sing-a-long. A cup of coffee/tea and biscuits are included in the price (€4 per family for Cuidiú members and €7 per family for non-members), and changing facilities are provided. As this is a voluntary group please don’t forget to help with set-up and tidy-up.


Cuidiú a Dó

Cuidiú a Dó events mainly occur during school-holiday time when our usual weekly events aren’t always running, due to family commitments of our many volunteers. Cuidiú a Dó welcomes the whole family and most events are outdoors and free of charge. Previous events include Teddy-bear picnics, seaside play, DART trips, playground meetups and nature walks/games with OWLS. We usually meet in the morning and events last approximately 2 hours. Details are found on our event sheet and also our Facebook page (which is worth checking if weather causes us to change our plans!)


Bush Kinder

This is an outdoor group for toddlers and their family members to meet and play in the natural outdoor spaces within the surrounds of Dublin South East, Ireland. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to take the lead in playing, exploring and learning in a forest or natural environment. The children and adults benefit from using only what nature has provided.

To mix things up a little events can also take place occasionally in playgrounds (particularly as a meeting spot).

Many events are buggy friendly to cater for those with very young children and for those with a bump.Members are encouraged to organize catch ups within the group if the events don’t suit their availability.

All ages including babies are welcome to join our walks.


A Variety of Activities for the Parenting Community

Cuidiu DSE organises a busy schedule of coffee mornings, playgroups, book club meetings, outdoor activities, first aid courses, holiday events, evening meetups – something for everyone, regardless of the age of your child or the stage you may be in. See our Events & News section, including the latest event sheet for more information.