I am married with three children and live on a small farm, near the village of Toames, five miles from Macroom.
After qualifying as a midwife in Germany in 1983, I worked in two major maternity units and a small cottage hospital for about two years each, as well as working independently, mainly doing post natal support.
My first Irish home birth baby was born on 1st January 1990.
Having a home birth with Elke as our midwife was one of the best decisions we have made as a couple. Elke was amazing throughout the entire pregnancy, but especially during the birth of our little one. Kait, Cork
Elke delivered my first born in June 2017. I was really pleased and felt very comfortable giving birth under her care. The prenatal care was thorough and well organized, coordinated with the local gp and hospital. Based on her wealth of knowledge, Elke made suggestions during prenatal visits that ultimately made labor and delivery run smoothly.
My labor and delivery did in fact run smoothly. It was an amazing experience, and I am so grateful to have had Elke support me. Postpartum help has been great too. Elke has come to visit three times now to check on the baby and myself. She has helped with breastfeeding.I couldn't be more pleased with the care I've received. I felt comfortable throughout the whole process and reassured by Elke. If I give birth again, without a doubt I would use the homebirth service and hopefully have Elke as my midwife again. Marian, Cork
I simply can not recommend Elke enough. From the moment we spoke I knew she was the midwife for me. She is a true professional. Incredibly informed, direct, gentle & empathic with a lightness & humour i really appreciated. Cathie, Cork
Elke is amazing the service she provides is just outstanding. This was my second pregnancy my first pregnancy was a water birth which was in a hospital in oz. I had such a great experience with this I wanted to do it again for my second pregnancy but it is not an option provided to women in hospitals here so I went looking into the home birth option. I contacted Elke and straight away I felt like I knew her with years she was so helpful and kind. Knowing I would have the same midwife all the way through was great especially for the actual birth as it was like having a friend by my side instead of a midwife. My husband also felt completely comfortable around Elke and was grateful to have her at our sons birth. We trusted her completely and she gave us the freedom to make our own decisions while always being there should we ask. My son is a month old now and I can honestly say that I miss Elke's visits and anyone who has Elke as their midwife are really blessed. Thanks so much Elke for all your support through out the pregnancy and especially during the birth you are a wonderful person. Patricia, West Cork
Elke delivered my second baby boy who is now six weeks old. I can't thank her enough for what she has done for us! I contacted her early in my pregnancy, really just curious about homebirth and wanting more information but not sure if it was right for me. Elke didn't try to sell homebirth to me but was honest and realistic. Straightaway I knew it was for me and I wanted her to be my midwife. Elkes support throughout my pregnancy made me feel calm and secure. She is very professional but also down to earth and really easy to get along with. I felt very comfortable with her. My homebirth couldn't have gone any better and that is largely down to having Elke as my midwife.
She looked after me for 2 weeks after birth and I was really sad to see her go after her final visit. If I ever have another baby I would really hope to be able to have her by my side again.
Thank you Elke I miss you lots! xxx A. Luken, Clonakilty
Thanks Elke for everything you did for our family. You spoke up for us, informed us, listened to us and laughed with us. You helped make this pregnancy and birth a really happy time. I always felt safe and respected with you and would recommend your services to anyone planning a home birth. Lots of love to you! x E. O’Leary, Ballincollig
Couldnt have asked for a lovelier lady to bring all five healthy, happy babies into the world. She is understanding, professional and passionate about her role in life and I am so proud to know her.
I cant recommend her enough for any family planning a homebirth.. She will sooth all of your troubles away and answer your questions honestly. Elke almost makes me want more babies!! M. Lennon, Cork