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’, but I prefer to call it the “enchanted worldview philosophy”. For example I’m passionate about practices and perspectives 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 what is most important to me is that women feel supported and nurtured, especially during the perinatal time.
As a professional social worker I’m also informed by evidence based and scientific approaches to ‘birthwork’ and my offerings largely focus 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 the “meaning making” that we do that shapes our lives, and this is where I believe science and spirituality can 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. 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 for support.
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 am a student of the women’s mysteries and how to honour and reclaim women’s rites of passage. I completed the Eight Seasons Journey with the School of Shamanic Womancraft (2018).
ONGOING 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