DOULAS

What would it feel like to be truly held through pregnancy, birth and postpartum? Our doulas provide emotional and physical support and education to help you navigate this time in your life with confidence. If you'd like to meet one of the wise women below, please email hello@gatherwomenspace.com or come along to our next free info session.  

 
 

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Louise Maguire, Birth and Postpartum Doula

Louise is a qualified nurse and yoga teacher and is training to become a doula this year with Angela Gallo, although she has been personally studying this area for years.

Louise likes to consider the entire being during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Holistic support and self-care at this time enable women to gain a deeper understanding of their own bodies, minds and preferences. It gives them the confidence to make personal and empowered decisions which allow them to have an easier transition into motherhood and the postpartum period.

“I feel the current healthcare system is missing some key elements in maternal care and I aim to bridge this gap through physical, emotional and spiritual support”.

Louise will be offering discounts on her services until her training is complete. Her warm and gentle nature has been of great value to those she’s supported so far.


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ELLIE CULLITY, BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA

As a birth and postpartum doula, Ellie is passionate about providing holistic, personalised care, as well as evidence-based and unbiased information about the childbirth process, in order for expectant parents to feel emotionally, physically and mentally prepared for the journey of birth.

Ellie has completed her training with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association in New York, and is also a registered nurse. Ellie is excited to offer her knowledge in natural pain relief techniques for the different stages of labour, as well as her medical expertise as a nurse.


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Leah Patara, birth doula

Leah is a devoted wife and mother to 3 children, passionate about empowering women in their rite of passage into motherhood. She is a birth doula and conscious conception meditation teacher and doesn’t take the role of motherhood lightly, claiming that your birth and birthing experience imprint on mother and baby and set you both up for life. Her direct Maori lineage to the east coast of New Zealand is known for its strong women, from which Leah draws inspiration for her work. She practices anthroposophy daily in her conscious parenting and is huge believer in self care rituals and healing of the feminine goddess.


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Jodi Barry, Birth Doula

Jodi is a doula, coach, and facilitator, as well as a partner and mum to two young kids.

Following a traumatic birth with her first child, Jodi was fortunate to experience a powerfully-transformative and healing homebirth with her second baby, under the care of a dedicated midwife. It was this experience (and suggestion from her midwife) that led Jodi into doula work, with the aim of honouring and supporting women to feel strong, powerful and connected in the process of birth, just as she had felt.

Jodi completed her doula training with the legendary birth attendant and educator, Rhea Dempsey. Rhea’s work aims to educate women about the “functional physiological pain” commonly involved in childbirth, and to explore strategies that support women in experiencing a “normal physiological birth”. Jodi brings these insights into her work and offers tools and techniques to support and guide women to experience the birth they desire and deserve.

Jodi believes that by engaging a doula, a woman is making a proactive and positive choice to support herself, her family and her baby. Evidence shows that the continuity of one-on-one labour support and care doulas provide, leads to statistically better outcomes for mothers and babies.

Jodi offers her growing range of birth services to women and their babies, partners and families in and around Melbourne.


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GABRIELLE NANCARROW, BIRTH DOULA

Gabrielle is a Carriage House Birth certified birth doula who believes wholeheartedly in supporting the mother/birthing person however their story unfolds. Birth is a powerful, primal, sacred experience that will stay with you forever and Gabrielle's passion lies in supporting and educating the mother and her partner so that their experience is positive and empowering. She is available for labour and delivery support as well as prenatal education and birth debriefing. 

As the founder of Gather, Gabrielle is working to provide the women of Melbourne with easier access to doulas so that they can find the one that feels right for them. Inviting someone into your birth space is a big deal and we are here to help you navigate those decisions.


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Vaughne Geary, BIRTH DOULA

Vaughne supports, honours and empowers the expanding collective of yoni yielding mothers, their partners and family through the life changing journey of pregnancy, labour and birth. Based in Northcote, Vaughne is a qualified birth doula, who has trained intensively through the Australian Doula College and with Angela Gallo.

Vaughne recognises that birth is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life, and brings a collective calm to her clients and the birthing space, whilst providing her full attention and presence. She loves to show positivity, humour and unwavering support to each birthing person, to ensure that you feel understood, acknowledged, relaxed and safe when bringing your baby in to the world. She is dedicated to improving each birth experience through heartfelt emotional, physical and informational support.

Currently a final year naturopathic student, Vaughne's hope for the coming year is to provide holistic health, education and healing services to women, birthing people and their partners looking for reproductive, fertility, pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal support.


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Catherine mcintyre, BIRTH AND postpartum doula

Catherine is a certified postpartum doula who is honoured to support new mothers and parents in the post birth period and beyond. She is guided by traditional postpartum practice, with a focus on healing, rest and nourishment.

Catherine was drawn to this work after the birth of her daughter—a time in which her world shifted. She felt wide open, vulnerable and had to learn to operate from a whole new perspective. The transition to parenthood can be tough, especially if you don’t have plans in place to be as supported as possible. Birth has the potential to become so central, that the aftermath of such a huge event can pale in comparison. The support that new parents receive after a child is born can have an effect for years to come.

Catherine’s role as a postpartum doula is not to advise or prescribe. As a queer parent, she understands that every family story is unique—and this is something to be celebrated. She will provide you with the support you need—while you tune into the frequency of parenthood.


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SOPHIE JEFFRIES, postPARTUM doula

Sophie is a qualified postpartum doula, shiatsu therapist and pilates instructor and is also a mother to two young and rambunctious children. She is passionate about supporting women and their bodies throughout the birthing years. Sophie is especially keen on providing nurturing bodywork and restorative movement to help women befriend and restore their mother bodies with kindness and respect. She is gentle, supportive and caring and equally capable at cooking you delicious lactation cookies, teaching pelvic floor, diastasis and post cesarean birth exercises and functional movement and providing you with soothing bodywork including the Closing the Bones ritual.


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SUNNI HART, BIRTH DOULA

Sunni is a Carriage House Birth certified birth doula and soon to be postnatal doula under the guidance of Angela Gallo. She holds an inherent belief that pregnancy and birth is an inner journey, a true rite of passage and a sacred act—the details of which stay with you for life.

Sunni believes that a mother/birthing person and their family not only deserve but will benefit deeply from the consistent love and care of a doula who can support and help navigate them through this time. She provides unbiased, judgement-free support and the opportunity to explore all of your options without the constraints of time or policies. Whether you want an unmedicated home birth or scheduled belly birth, her motivation lies in empowering and educating you and your partner (if applicable) so that you realise your own capacity to work together with your mind and body in the symphony that is the bringing of life.

Sunni promises to hold space for you and let your story unfold while doing everything she can to ensure that you are informed, present, breathing and in your power even when things take unexpected turns. It is truly her privilege as a doula to make sure that you are tuned in and feeling happy, safe and secure in order to achieve the most beautiful pregnancy and birth experience possible.


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hannah goding, Birth and Postpartum Doula

Hannah is an emerging birth and postpartum doula, called to support passionate and proactive women through birth and into motherhood. Trained under Angela Gallo, Hannah recognises the importance of connected, holistic and individualised care throughout a woman’s birth and postpartum journey.

After nearly three years as a student midwife, Hannah felt that the current maternity system did not completely align with her values and philosophies. Hannah strives to help women understand how they want to feel during their birth and to create a space for women so they can empower themselves and achieve the birth they desire and deserve.

Hannah’s specific insight and experience within local hospitals (Royal Women’s, Sunshine and Werribee) will help to assist her clients and their families in navigating the system, based on what they envision for their birth. She is passionate about providing education and working collaboratively with the birthing person; to give them confidence to unlock their innate abilities, trust their intuition, make their own, informed decisions and own their birth!

Hannah provides birth, breastfeeding and postpartum support so women and their partner/ families feel held, celebrated and full of oxytocin love.


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addison landry, Postpartum Doula

Addison believes that through trust and love we create growth in ourselves and each other, because these are the driving forces for all transformations. Addison is an emerging Carriage House Birth postpartum doula, called to wholeheartedly nurture and guide mothers and their families after birth to create a foundation of strength and nourishment.

Addison is a qualified energetic nutritionist, chef and was a sought-after nanny to high profile clients while living in New York City. Now home in Melbourne, her mission as a master healer and teacher has created a laser focus on educating and navigating new mothers after birth to feel supported, safe, nourished, and deeply loved. Addison respects that your birth experience will impact your mind, body and spirit and emotions for the rest of your life. With this in mind she opens her heart to fully support you on your unique journey and needs, offering assistance with home cooked meals, breath work and nutritional medicine to support recovery and energetic healing.

She will provide you with all the support you could need as you lean into such a tender, life-giving time!


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Rachel Angelone, postpartum doula

Rachel is a new postpartum doula based in Western Melbourne, servicing all of Melbourne, Geelong and the Macedon Ranges. She’s completed Julia Jones’ Newborn Mother’s Postpartum Professionals training, and is eager to support families during the joyous and tumultuous time that is bringing home a new baby.

She came to this work after having two fabulous birth and postpartum experiences, but noticing that not everyone in the community experiences the same calm and supported early postpartum.

Her passion is encouraging families to plan for the help they’ll need in those first weeks and months of parenthood, regardless of whether they’re expecting their first baby or subsequent babies.

Rachel believes her role is to provide a supportive, unbiased and non-judgemental atmosphere for parents during this time of great learning. All parents make ‘mistakes’, and that’s ok. Rachel’s role is to assist parents emotionally, to provide evidence-based information and a supportive atmosphere while they go through this inevitable process.

She will also ensure practical household tasks are completed, so that all you have to think about is bonding and being with your baby.


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Isabella Berrell, BIRTH DOULA

Isabella is an emerging birth doula, following her heart’s path of working with womben. She believes every womban is deeply intuitive and has the innate wisdom to know what is right for herself and her baby. Isabella offers a deeply nurturing presence and creates a space that empowers womben to connect to their truth so that they can have the birth of their dreams. She believes every womban deserves support, guidance and encouragement

Isabella is a certified emotional clearing practitioner (The Spiral) and an apprentice in deep womb wisdom work. She weaves this into her unique support to understand your journey and support you on your path.


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KATE HARRISON, POSTPARTUM DOULA

Kate is a qualified naturopath, postpartum doula and mother of two who loves to support women as they transition through the many different phases of motherhood, from pre-conception to pregnancy, birth and postpartum, with the support of natural medicine and traditional practices. Working with Kate, you can expect a very warm and friendly approach with many different options for nurturing yourself after birth so that you can be a strong, confident and happy mother. In addition to emotional support and encouragement during pregnancy, Kate places a large focus on herbal and nutritional medicine to help support recovery, healing, breastfeeding and wellbeing. Kate services northern NSW as well as online.