My name is Vanessa and I am a Doula that trained at the highly regarded Doula Training Academy.
I am a mother of 3 fiercely unique kids, attachment parenting and unschooling advocate, life learner, Barre & Pilates instructor with a focus on strength, flexibility and nutrition. I was also classed as a geriatric mother for my last pregnancy so I know how that label feels (I’m not a fan of labels!).
I believe in living life in a way that is best for my family (which normally means the opposite of society expectations) so I’m used to having a store of knowledge for those times when my choices are challenged.
I had 3 amazing but different home births but what made them beautiful was the women around me rather than my physical surroundings. Those women held a safe space for me and made me feel like I was a powerful empowered woman that could achieve what I wanted (I am! I did!) That feeling has stayed with me through my parenting journey, and now, after my extensive training with Vicki, I know I can be that person for other women, to inspire, motivate, nurture and educate you, so you have the confidence to follow your unique wishes.
I also have extensive knowledge and experience of breastfeeding, attachment parenting, co-sleeping and anything natural parenting. I have training in many complementary therapies to assist in a calm and peaceful labour.
I am a Barre and Pilates Instructor (with a home studio) with specialisations in pre/post natal, pelvic floor rehab alongside nutrition during pregnancy.
To complement this I am a registered Pharmacist in the U.K. (but not in Australia) so I can assist with understanding medical terminology and analysis of medical research.
I strongly advocate for a women’s right to choose her own unique path through this life changing experience whether that is to freebirth through to an elective caesarean, with all the spectrums in between. Your body, your choice, your way.
My qualifications include:
Pilates mat instructor
Barre fitness instructor
Pilates in pregnancy with Pilates International
Pre/postnatal fitness with ALOE
Pelvic floor rehab and postpartum with Dr Sarah Duvall
Bach flower essence certified.
Pharmacist MRPharmS (UK registered only)
Level 2 first aid training
Working with children’s check