Tanya Minotti - Goulburn Valley Doula Services
About / Bio
Currently residing in Shepparton, Victoria, I am a mother of 4 beautiful daughters and two sons ranging in age from 15 months to 21 years. I also have a son who was born at 18 weeks and another angel who was born at 8 weeks. While pregnant with my fourth daughter I knew that helping other women during their pregnancy and birth is something that I would be suited to and would love. Being only 15 when birthing my first daughter I was very restricted in my birthing choices and found little support or assistance from my care providers. I now know that if I had a knowledgeable support person such as a Doula I would have had a greater birthing experience. I am an accepting and non judgemental person who encourages individualism. I take pride in my caring and understanding nature, I am very reliable, punctual and have an eye for detail. I have a fantastic sixth sense and can interpret body language excellently. Giving women the opportunity to have the best pregnancy and birth experience possible is my goal. I will help this happen by going through all choices available and helping make that choice by empowering my clients with the knowledge to decide which is the best option available for them. I have experience in HBAC, VBAC, Multiple birth, first time mothers, mature age mums and I am also a long time member of our local SANDS group. My interests and hobbies include photography, native flora and fauna, conservation, vegetarianism, music, parenting and of course pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding. My studies also include a Bachelor of Applied Science with the University of Melbourne.
Who will be the first?
I am currently on maternity leave and should be back to taking on clients soon. If you need a doula for your birth please email me and I will forward details of other local doulas. I offer approximately 4 prenatal meetings to discuss your current care and birthing choices at a location that suits you. We will discuss and write a birth plan to give you the best possible birth. I will assist your birth from when you feel you will need me until after your baby is born and you are comfortable (up to 18 hours). I will also have a post natal visit either to the hospital or to your home. I am always available for a chat on the phone or by email. I have quite a broad knowledge and understand pre conception and conception very well. I am extremely happy behind the camera and am happy to supply any pregnancy and birthing aids I can. Please ask if you are unsure. After your birth I will write a birth story from my perspective for you to keep. Please remember all enquires and first appointments are obligation free, so please don't hesitate to call or email me to and ask as many questions as you like 🙂
I love photography and relish the idea of helping you bond with baby after the birth without having to worry about if you have captured baby's first moments. You and your partner can think solely about your baby and I am happy to preserve these moments for you 🙂 I have experience in birth photography so I would also be happy to take photographs during labour if requested (additional charges my be incurred). I am also happy gaining experience in newborn photography and would love to add your baby to my experience.