About / Bio
I believe that women are able to birth their baby's safely with minimal to no interference, that is, if you feel confident and strong in your ability to give birth. As your doula I support, encourage and empower you throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and during the postnatal period. The choices you make for your own birth experience will be respected and supported. I have recently completed by doula studies with childbirth international however I have been working as a medical anthropologist largely in the international aid and development sector for the past 10 years. I am a specialist in reproductive and sexual health, HIV & AIDS and safe motherhood. Much of this work has involved midwifery up skilling training and capacity building of traditional birth attendants and rural health workers in South East Asia, Africa and the Pacific. I am now working full time as a doula based in Melbourne, Australia. I provide my services for free to teenage mothers and clients from CALD backgrounds particularly refugee mothers. Please contact me for further information.
Antenatal Education in the privacy of your own home with either partner & or family/nanny/children etc Development of a birth plan Support provided for mother and father during the entire labor and birth. Complementary Therapies & massage for labour Debrief Couselling- "your birth story" - chance to discuss previous childbirth experiences, life exeriences that may hinder achieveing the delivery you want Post natal care; between 2-6 visits in the vital 6 week period (at request), gental patenting approaches, breastfeeding and artificial support and referral; ongoing nanny/doula services and support around the home Baby Massage -to help soothe and settle your baby
Birth photography (professional) Extensive library of books and DVD's Contacts throughout the birthing industry for various classes and or treatments that mother's may need Support for CALD women particularly women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM)