hello beautiful mamaI'm so glad we've found each other!
You’re probably here because you’ve discovered that there’s a heck of a lot of madness and misinformation out there in relation to pregnancy, birth, and mothering – whether it be via google, your mother-in-law, your bestie, that random person at the supermarket, or perhaps even your care provider. It’s time to forget the horror stories and everything you’ve ever seen in the movies, and get ready to say “talk to the hand, because this is MY journey”!
what if I told you that birth can be incredible?
In case nobody has ever told you, I want you to know that a positive birth is possible! We all have in us the innate wisdom to birth our babies; we are mammals after all. And just as a mama cat instinctively knows how to give birth, so do we. The problem for us is, we also have this incredible thing called the neocortex, which enables us to do all kinds of high-level thinking that makes us human. But, in birth, the neocortex can get in the way and inhibit the primal mammalian instincts that we need to give birth safely and smoothly. It’s a distinctly human problem, but there are absolutely ways in which we can get out of that thinking brain and back into our bodies.
Birth really can be incredible, and with the right tools, good support, and information, we can set ourselves up for positive birthing, no matter how our baby (or babies) need to enter the world.
connecting modern knowledge with traditional wisdom
Together, we can work to swap out any negative narrative and replace it with one that supports you to excitedly and confidently work towards your own positive birth. We can work together to discover how you can best tap into your primal birthing body for safer, smoother birthing. My approach is one that incorporates modern, evidence-based information with traditional practices and wisdom. A combination of the latest research AND the incredible learnings of those who have come before us.
do you want to feel confident and calm?I want you to be able to make confident informed choices about your body and your baby, but I also want you to be able to comfortably trust your intuition and inner wisdom. Feeling calm, confident, and clued in will help ensure that when the time comes, you are able to really sink into your birthing body, and surrender to the process.
I can’t promise you any particular kind of birth outcome. Nobody can. What I can promise you is my unwavering support. Your wants • your needs • your everything • being held front and centre.
giver, lover, ally & advocate
To begin to get an idea of what kind of doula I am, you first need to know what kind of human I am.
I am a giver, a lover, an ally, a fierce advocate, and I believe in the greater good. It is my belief that we borrow the Earth from our children, and so I intend to live in a way that ensures that I don’t leave too much of a footprint. I’m the kind of person who will secretly leave a basket of food on your front step if you’re having a rough week. I will raise my voice to injustice. I’m also super cheeky!
As for my mothering…I am a bedsharing, babywearing, breastfeeding mother of three and I believe in gentle and respectful interactions with my children. I pick my children up when they cry. I get down on my knees, look them in the eye, and apologise to them if I have reacted in an unkind way. I love my kids fiercely, and I will protect them like a mama lioness. My goal is to raise kind, brave, confident humans who know how to have fun, the value of human connection, and how to live fearlessly.
I want to get to know you, so that I can support you, and your partner, on this incredible journey
Are you ready to dive deep, unlearn, unravel, laugh, cry, and then put all the pieces together? If you know you’d like to work together, but not sure where to start, let’s make a time for an obligation free cuppa and a chat. I love talking all things birth, babies, and motherhood and would love to discuss how I can best support your on your journey.
"Elyse’s support provided us with the positive mindset, knowledge, and confidence we needed throughout the pregnancy and birth"~ Denise
ready to take the next step?
The Hypnobirthing Australia™ Positive Birth Program is a uniquely Australian childbirth education course that puts you in the driver’s seat, rather than feeling like a passenger; this is likely to reduce the need for interventions during your birthing. It is for all types of people, and all types of birth…don’t be put off by the name!
As your doula, I support you to confidently navigate your way through the systems, the policies, the what ifs, and the bullshit! We will work closely together in the lead up to your birth, so that you’re feeling calm, confident and excited for the moment when you lock eyes with your baby for the very first time.
It’s time to stop making excuses for why you can’t meditate, and start reaping the benefits! Suitable for those with or without prior meditation experience, classes aim to provide you with practical skills to calm the mind, and relax the body. Classes for during pregnancy, and for mothers, at any stage of their journey.