ABOUT PICKLES & ICE CREAM
Welcome to Pickles and Ice Cream Birth Support Services, supporting women, couples and families across the Surf Coast, Geelong and surrounding areas.
I am an experienced and registered doula and have been supporting births for 7 years, with experience at more than 60 births, both home and hospital.
My love and passion for health of the body, mind and spirit has led me to train and practice as a counsellor, aromatherapy and therapeutic massage therapist and body centred movement therapist.
When I began my doula training, my many different worlds began to merge and compliment each other. Today I am blessed to be able to offer my services to women, their partners and families.
When women feel safe and supported throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenting, some amazing transformations can occur.
A little more about me........
I grew up in a little suburb of Perth, Western Australia. The eldest of five, our house was always full of family and breast-feeding aunties.
I have given birth to three children: my first being a hospital birth and my second and third being planned home births. These experiences, together with the births I support, enrich my life.
In following my interests I have studied relaxation, aromatherapy and shiatsu massage. I am a teacher of centred body movement therapy, which explores movement and how this relates us to our internal and external worlds and everything else in between. It gave me a deeper knowledge and awareness of breath, the importance of sound release and every day body movement and visualisation.
I trained as a doula with Rhea Dempsey who is an NACE (National Association of Childbirth Educators) trainer.
I have a Diploma in Counselling and have seen the many benefits counselling can bring. Some of these include: debriefing from a previous birth experience, relationship and family dynamics, early parenting adjustments and holding a safe space for women to share what is coming to the surface in any given moment.
I am dedicated to continually increasing my knowledge and exploring further aspects of the doula role.