Supporting mothers to embrace their pregnancy, birth and postnatal time with courage and love
Thanks for stopping by my little virtual space, Earth + Womb. This is where I share my thoughts, passion and humble offerings for supporting women’s holistic health and healing during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal time.
To be honest some of the things I’m passionate about a lot of people find a bit ‘hippy’, like: reclaiming traditional women’s knowledge and wisdom; womb healing practices; reclaiming women’s rites of passage like menstruation/ pregnancy/ birth/ mothering/ menopause; feminine spirituality; traditional folk medicine; and connecting with our ancestors and lineage. But I like to call this the “enchanted world view” because what I’m passionate about is the mystical as well as feminist and political perspectives that underpin all this work.
As a social worker I’m also interested in evidence based and scientific approaches to birthwork and my work focuses on supporting psychological healing after birth trauma; recovering from perinatal depression and anxiety; and mindfulness and Acceptance Based Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches to prenatal and postnatal distress. So really I’m interested in women’s well-being and “meaning making” – the stories that hold power for us- and this is where I believe science and spirituality meet. And this is where you’ll find me.
I am a mother to my young son, and his birth and the postpartum time has offered some of the richest teachings for me about how important it is to be tenderly cared for when we are so vulnerable as new mothers. And this is what my life’s work is about.
Because I really know how much newborn mothers need nurturing and support.
Is this what you’re needing too?
I hope you’ll reach out and get in touch.
Love + Solidarity,
Why Work With Me
I have been supporting women and families as a social worker, counsellor and doula for over a decade in Brisbane and Canberra, Australia. Walking alongside women whilst they go through epic changes and transformations is my life’s work.
Often during pregnancy we can feel like everything is about being tested, scanned, and measured without enough focus on how massive this time is for all the other aspects of our lives. I provide emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual support to fill the gap that remains for many mothers.
Professional Qualifications + Training
I hold a degree in Social Work from the University of Queensland (UQ) completed in 2006.
I have been practicing as a doula since 2011 and trained with the Australian Doula College.
I have undertaken advanced childbirth education training with Birthing From Within.
I have studied women’s mysteries and how to honour and reclaim women’s rites of passage with the School of Shamanic Womancraft (Eight Seasons Journey, 2018).
OTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Creative Ways of Making Space for the Baby, Part 1 & 2 – Jenny Blyth of Birthwork
Perinatal Non-Directive Counselling Training – Australian Psychological Society
Birth Story Listening Course: “Understanding the causes and solutions for emotional birth trauma” – Pam England, Birthing From Within
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescence – Russ Harris
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Two day Advanced Workshop – Russ Harris
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Two day Introductory Workshop – Russ Harris
Strengths Approach to Counselling and Therapy – Lighthouse Training
Sexual Health and Young People – Family Planning Queensland
Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training – Grant Sara
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault from a Feminist Perspective – Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC)
Applied Suicide Intervention Training – Living Works
Supporting Women with an Eating Issue from a Feminist Perspective – Eating Disorders Queensland
Complex Trauma in Childhood – Dr Jenny Gilmore
Spiritual Perspectives for Welfare Professionals – Dr Jenny Gilmore