Dr Sinéad Gavin, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., M.I.C.G.P., D.R.C.O.G., Certificate in Contraception, Advanced Certificate in Long Acting Reversible Contraception, Certificate in Primary Care Surgery, Advanced Clincal Skills in Tongue Tie Management.
I qualified as a doctor in 2009 from University College Cork. I completed my internship at University Hospital Limerick and Cork University Hospital before working in emergency medicine and paediatrics in Melbourne, Australia.
On returning to Ireland, I began the 4 year General Practice training programme in the Mid-West and qualified as a GP in 2016.
My main area of interest is in women’s health and I have completed the Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology UK. I am certified in both general and long acting reversible contraception and am a registered smear practitioner. I have undertaken training certificates with the International Institute of Human Lactation.
I have also undertaken a certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills in Tongue Tie Management at Wolverhampton University with clinical placement at Russell’s Hall Hospital in Dudley.
My interest in breastfeeding stemmed from my own personal experience and from that of dealing with patients and friends. Breastfeeding rates in Ireland are amongst the lowest in the world. As a mother breastfeeding didn’t come easily to me. It was a skill that had to be learned and it took time, patience and a lot of resilience. I was lucky to have a friend who had been through it all so she was able to help me with any questions that I had. After 6-8 weeks it started to get easier and I loved breastfeeding my children. The bond is so beautiful and ultimately it is so satisfying to know that you have the ability to nourish your child in every way. Breastfeeding is a skill that can be learned with the right preparation and continued guidance, and I hope to be able to provide this to those undertaking the challenge.
I live in Galway with my husband and three children.