Name
Alison Evans
Display Name
Alison Evans CLD(CI). Founder of Bear With Me ~ Pregnancy & birth support services and the Bear With Me Shop ~ Pregnancy & early parenting products
Business Name
Bear With Me
Email
alison@bearwithme.com.au
Business Phone
0487 789 435
Location
I am honoured to support clients in Melbourne's East and outer Eastern suburbs and beyond such as the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and shire of Murrindindi. I am also able to attend births at most of Melbourne's hospitals.
State
VIC
Doula Time
2008
Doula Category
Birthing Doula
Training
Childbirth International, Opening to Life Birth Hypnosis, Dancing For Birth
About / Bio
"I have faith in the ability of a woman to birth her child, however, in this day and age we are dealing with a whole lot of distractions and decisions when it comes to birth, and we need to ensure a family is well informed to make these decisions in order to achieve the birth experience they are seeking"



Coming from a large family, I have always loved babies. My love of babies as a child soon turned into a fascination with pregnancy, and that fascination grew to become a calling. I needed to be with women as they experienced their journey through pregnancy, birth and parenthood. When I found out there was such a thing as a Doula, I knew I what I needed to do. I studied hard, immersed myself in all things birthy, and in 2009, I gained my Doula certification and started my business: Bear With Me. I have since been privileged to attend many births and be of service to women and families in helping them achieve the birth experience they are hoping for.
Testimonial
"Alison was a fantastic support providing information and emotional guidance without being imposing, throughout our pregnancy and labour.

She quietly, calmly and confidently allowed us to go our own way through everything, just being a constant rock when we needed her, particularly when panic started to set in just prior to the transition period!

Her gentle coaching, driving us to the hospital and support for us all was beautiful and enabled us to look back on the whole birth with much love as we had felt empowered and informed throughout.

My husband Roger and I could not have asked for a better birth thanks to Alison! While Roger was a little dubious at the start, once he realised Alison was there to support him and help him to support me, he felt in control and able to be a fantastic birthing partner!

I can think of no higher compliment to give Alison than to say I would be very happy for her to be part of baby number two when the time finally comes!

Thanks for a great job Alison"



Carol, Roger and Matehaere 2008



"Having a doula was great, not only for myself, but for my partner too. It took a lot of stress away that I am sure he would have had if Alison had not been there. It was great to have someone who knew what was going on and who could help me with contractions. Alison knew what I wanted, what I didn't want, and what I would do if I had to. This helped us achieve our much wanted VBAC.

If anyone is contemplating having a doula, I say GO FOR IT! Thank you Alison for helping and being a part of my successful VBAC :)"



Tennille, Paul and Bronte 2010
Services Offered
* Prenatal support
* Birth support
* Postnatal support
* Birth Hypnosis
* Dancing For Birth

Before we know if I'll be the right doula for you, it's important that we meet! Of course, I will not charge you for the opportunity to meet you.

If after this time you decide that I am the doula for you, then you can expect:
- A minimum of 2 meetings before your birth
- Attendance at the birth (you decide when you would like me to join you - even if it's in early labour)
- Follow up meeting after the birth to debreif over your experience and connect you with any support services you may require.

Of course, you I will be available for phone support, and you will have access to my library of books on pregnancy, labour and birth.

I am also a certified Dancing For Birth instructor and Birth Hypnosis practitioner. I offer these services as part of my doula packages or as separate sessions. If you are interested in any of my services, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Other Skills
As your doula, I will be able to offer you many support services that you may not have thought of such as being able to photograph your labour and birth, and writing a birth story from my perspective.

I am also a certified Dancing For Birth Instructor and Trainer (training other DFB instructors) as well as a Birth Hypnosis practitioner.

I also have an online shop through my website which offers pregnancy and early parenting products such as the range of Arm's Reach Co-Sleepers, Elle TENS, Blissful herbs and more.