Originally from the UK I moved to Melbourne with my first baby girl four years ago. I had studied an art degree and had worked as a chef in London before moving here. When I arrived opened a restaurant and continued with my love of cooking and ran a successful guesthouse, I then studied to become an Early childhood educator which opened up a whole new work world for me and I loved being surrounded by all these small characters.
Something else was calling to me but I couldn't put my finger on it yet. Then I had my second baby. This really flicked a switch in me and only two weeks postpartum I signed up for Postpartum doula training. It definitely felt like a calling, I wanted to care other birthing people transition into this wild and wonderfully challenging journey. If mums are looked after only good can come from that. I use my skills in my own parenting experience, cooking and childcare to assist newborn mothers with my love for giving emotional and practical support.
Along side my private practise I also work for the Fill your cup doula agency and have been looking after clients and recipe testing with a wonderful group a women who have a mission to support many mothers as possible. I also support womens at the wonderful Maternal and infant wellbeing clinic Melbourne as a 'mother helper' in there day stay facility.
I believe having a postpartum plan for the all important fourth trimester can truely make the transition into motherhood smoother. Many of us plan our pregnancies and birth outcomes, stocking up on muslins, soft onesies and new prams, expecting and hoping that our nearest and dearest will pop over and 'help' with the baby. The mother, who really is the star of the show is over shadowed and is often left depleted instead of being treated like the absolute queen they are.
We are meant to move through parenthood surrounded by a village, with a community of your choosing and never done alone.