Melbourne Doula

Welcome to 'Melbourne Doula', the place where I share what birth work is teaching is me, and what I am learning from the wonderful families who have invited me to share this most special season of their lives. Here you will find information about me and the doula services I provide, birth stories from remarkable women and their loved ones, as well as all kinds of resources to enrich your own journey of discovery. And welcome also to BLISSFUL HERBS, the home of beautiful herbal teas and bath herbs to support wellness through every season of life.

Doula Services

On 11 December 2010 our 4th baby was born. His name is Rory and he was born at home in our birth pool, surrounded by his family including three big sisters. We're so blessed to have him!


Life has been wonderfully full and busy for me since our baby boy joined us. He's a healthy, active 4 year old now. This is him with one of his big sisters. They were very proud of this go cart which they built themselves. (And then terrified me tearing down the steep and bumpy driveway in it.)




During 2015, I am available only to attend homebirths within an hour's drive of my home in Warburton. So if you are planning a local-area homebirth, please do contact me.

If you are seeking birth support further afield, for your planned home, birth centre or hospital birth, please scroll down the right-hand side column to find "Seeking a Midwife" and "Seeking a Doula". These private midwives and doulas are wonderful women who are an asset to your birth team. I suggest you chat with several and choose the person you feel most comfortable with.

Please feel free to email  or phone me if you are having any problems finding someone to support you through your pregnancy, birth and post-natal time. I have an email list of midwives and doulas who I recommend and who are available to take clients.

I would also like to introduce to you my new venture:

Blissful Herbs - nurturing herbs for body & soul.

This is a range of herbal bath sachets and herbal teas to add nurture and specialness to every phase of a woman's life cycle, from menarche to the child-bearing years to menopause.

The Post Natal Bliss bath herbs are especially awesome, I used them myself after Rory's birth, they speed the healing, feel so good and smell divine.



Please come and browse!



Also on this site are all kinds of articles and links to inform and support your child-bearing journey, which are free for you to access, print out, and share.

You can find me on Facebook here and here

Details about my doula services here

What does a doula actually do?

Here one of my clients answers the question


List of Blissful Herbs products

Blissful Herbs Facebook Page here

Herbs for Pregnancy

Mum's Tum herbal tea

Pregnancy Bliss herbal tea

Pregnant Mama Bliss bath herbs

Birth Vibes tea

GD Support tea - to help support healthy blood sugar levels during pregnancy

PIH Support tea - to help support healthy blood pressure during pregnancy

Mother Blessing footbath petals

Candida Blitz tea and bath herbs

VV-ease  tea and bath herbs - to ease variscoe veins, including vulval variscosities 

PUPPP-ease tea and bath herbs - to ease the itching and rash associated with PUPPP or PEOP.

Haemorrhoid Blitz bath & topical herbs

Prep for Breastfeeding tea - with Goat's Rue and other herbs, for the last few weeks of pregnancy, to help support a plentiful milk supply after birth. Suitable for IGT.


Herbs for Birth

Birthing Bliss tea

After Birth tea

No Bleed tea

After Pain-ease tea - to help reduce the discomfort of afterpains following birth. With Crampbark, Wild Yam, Lemon Balm, Feverfew, Ginger, Cinnamon, Calendula & Red Raspberry Leaf.



Umbilical Cord Ties - a lovely alternative to the plastic clips


Here is a montage of photos of mothers and babies enjoying their Post Natal Bliss herbal bath:

 

Herbs for the Post Partum

Post Natal Bliss bath & compress herbs

Pretty Petals to scatter on top of the herbal bath water

Babymoon Bliss tea

Baby Blues tea

Breastfeeding Bliss galactagogue tea

Sore Nipple Bliss topical herbs

Mastitis Blitz tea, compress herbs & ointment

Lotus Birth herbs - for the care of the Lotus Birth placenta. With Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Rose petals or any combination of your choice.

PPH Recovery tea - with iron-rich herbs.

Mother's Milk bath soak - to support relaxation, oxytocin and milk flow.

Colic-ease tea - carminative herbs for mother to drink to benefit the baby via the breastmilk, to ease wind and colic in baby. With Caraway, Dill, Fennel, Vervain etc

Galactofuge tea - to reduce milk flow and help dry up supply. With Peppermint, Thyme, Sage etc



Mother Blessing Gift Packs - choose from $35, $50 and $65 kits

Birth Worker Kit $40 - everything you need for your client's birth:

* 100g Post Natal Bliss bath herbs & muslin bag
* 1 x Peri-Cleanse bottle
* 25g Birthing Bliss tea
* 15g After Birth Bliss tea
* 15g No Bleed tea
* 25g Babymoon Bliss tea
* 50g Breastfeeding Bliss tea



Herbs for Little Ones

Lullaby Bliss tea and bath herbs

Nappy Rash Blitz bath and topical herbs

Eczema Bliss bath and topical herbs

Soothe-a-fever bath herbs


Herbs for Pre Conception
TTC Bliss tea
Virilitea for men
TTC/PCOS Support tea
Yoni Bliss steaming herbs

Herbs for Pregnancy Loss
Pregnancy Loss Solace tea
The Carys Blend
Womb Love tea
Rest & Heal bath herbs
Good Grief tea



Herbs for the Moon Cycle
Moon Cycle Bliss tea
Moon Cycle Bliss PMS-ease tea
Moon Cycle Bliss Bleed-ease tea
Moon Cycle Bliss Cramp-ease tea
Moon Cycle Bliss bath herbs
Balanced Woman tea
Change of Life tea
Yoni Bliss steaming herbs



Herbs for Family Well-being
Cold & Flu Blitz tea
Immunity Bliss tea
Headache-ease tea
Hayfever Blitz tea
Breathe-ease tea - with anti-allergic, anti-spasmodic and expectorant actions to help ease coughing and support clear airways. 
Tummy Bliss tea
Triple H tea - support for hiatus hernia and heartburn
Joint-ease tea and bath herbs
Sleepytime Bliss tea

Eczema Blitz topical herbs
Skin Bliss tea
Acne Blitz topical herbs
Herbal Hair rinse
Balanced Weight herbal tea
Love Your Liver tea
Urinary Tract Support tea
Lymph-clease tea - with Cleavers, Astragalus and more, to support lymph flow and function
Mellow Mood / Mellow Mama relaxation bath herbs
Muscle-ease bath herbs
Anti-inflamm tea - with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions to nourish the musculo-skeletal system and promote healing after injury.
Haemorrhoid Blitz topical herbs
Candida Blitz tea and bath herbs
VV-ease - relief for variscose veins, including vulval.
Chillblain support tea and topical herbs
Lover's Bliss - with herbs reputed for their aphrodisiac virtues
Fit & Well herbal tea - rich in anti-oxidants to support optimal health
Detox Bliss - for cleansing and detox, and to ease cravings 



Herbs for Recovery
Healing Bliss tea
Anti-oxidant tea
Vitalitea

Herbs for Strength and Calm
Serenitea
Stress Less tea
Mood Lift tea
Energy Lift tea
Mood/Energy Lift tea
Brain Power tea
Centred Mama Bliss tea - to gently ease feelings of stress & anxiety
Good Grief tea 
Peace of Mind tea - herbal support for the nervous system and liver, to ease stress and anxiety, suitable for the non-pregnant.
F*** It All tea



For the bliss of tea
Mint Bliss
Citrus Bliss
Lemon & Ginger Bliss
Festive Chai
Blissful Chai
Aniseed Bliss
Spice of Life Culinary herbs - a delicious multi-purpose blend for the kitchen with 100% Australian Certified Organic herbs including Basil, Caraway, Cumin, Parsley, Oregano, Himalayan Pink Salt, Sage and Thyme.



Accessories

Bamboo strainer $8.00


Bamboo long-handled spoon $2.50


Re-usable beaded muslin tea bag $6.00


Henna kits and supplies

Pkt of 20 paper filter tea bags $2.50



Carys Mother Blessing Cards $4.50

Cleansing bottle $2.50

Muslin draw-string bath bags - small $1.00 / large $1.50


Soothing Salve - 15ml/$5.00; 30ml/$9.50 and 60ml/$16.50


Sassy Soap - all natural soaps $5.50 each


Tea Pots




More details on all our products here

Getting the best from your herbal teas



Click here for Sales, News and Specials

Yoni Bliss steaming herbs

Vaginal steaming is a ancient remedy that our fore-mothers used in ages past to enhance menstrual well-being, cleanse the womb and nurture the woman.

Yoni Bliss 100g = $16.00


Yoni steams are used by Maya midwives and traditional healers in Central and South America to cleanse the uterus. 

This gentle, nurturing remedy is known to decrease flow and lessen pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation. It can also be useful for uterine weakness, irregular menstrual cycles, endometriosis, and for supporting the healing of previous vaginal tears or episiotomy.

It is a lovely self-care ritual that any woman can do, using fresh herbs from her own garden, or dried herbs.



All you need is a slatted chair of some sort. A commode chair will work perfectly. The more comfy the better.


And a bowl of steaming herbs which you place beneath the chair.


The woman de-clothes from the waist down, and sits in the chair over the bowl of herbs, with warm blankets around her, creating a "tent" over the chair and the herbs below. It's like a sauna for your yoni!


Make sure she is comfy, no draughts, the steam not too hot, and let her stay there like that for about 20 minutes. I use our rice cooker, with the bowl just above it, to keep the temperature just nice. Experiment to find out a system that works to keep everything just nice and warm.

This is a lovely ritual for the evening time (when all is quiet after dear Little Ones are asleep) so the woman can go straight to bed under warm covers, immediately after her Yoni Bliss.

This treatment is a gentle way to apply warmth and healing plant oils to the tissues vagina, cervix and womb and ovaries.

When to have a Yoni Bliss steaming:
* three times within the week before your period begins
* every two weeks to enhance fertility
* four times per year for preventative care

You can use herbs and petals from your own garden. Try Calendula, lavender, thyme, oregano, sage, rose, plantain or rosemary.

The Blissful Herbs Yoni Bliss steaming herbs contain:

Calendula - with wonderful healing properties as well as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-viral actions

Lavender - pain relieving and soothing, with anti-spasmodic action. Also highly antiseptic.

Rosemary - another potent natural antiseptic, rich in healing anti-oxidants.

Yarrow - astringent and healing

Oregano - contains potent antiseptic properties and is particularly helpful for cleansing the womb

Motherwort- with diaphoretic, antispasmodic, tonic, nervine and emmenagogue properties. Beneficial for the reproductive tract and wonderful for soothing and calming the nerves.

Squaw Vine - with parturient, diuretic, tonic and astringent properties. Beneficial for all uterine complaints. Traditionally used for a few weeks before birth to support safe and easy childbirth.

You need about 25g, or a generous handful of dried herbs, per steaming.

Blissful Herbs sells the Yoni Bliss steaming herbs in handy 25g packets for $5.00 each.

Other amounts are available:
50g = 8.50
100g = 16.00
150g = 23.50
200g = 30.00

Postage is $8.00 for parcels up to 500g, Australia-wide.

To order, email blissfulherbs@bigpond.com with your postal address.

Read more about Yoni Steaming for womb-well-being here:

Vaginal Steams: Forgotten Ancient Wisdom for Women's Healing 


Vaginal Steaming - what you need to know from the Mind Body Green blog

Why Vaginal Steaming could be the best thing we'll try this year - from the Elephant Blog - dedicated to the mindful life

Umbilical Cord Ties

These umbilical cord ties are made from 100% cotton embroidery thread that is lovingly hand-dyed here in Victoria, inspired by the diversity of colour among the flowers, herbs and foliage of a cottage garden.

"Rosalie" Mini-mandala with centre bead, $7.50 (3.5 cm in diameter)
Umbilical cord ties are a lovely alternative to the plastic clips and can be used whenever delayed cord clamping is practiced, at homebirths or in hospital. (Even if there is a pressing reason why the cord must be clamped and cut immediately, you can always ask them to leave the cord an inch longer than usual; and tie with your cord tie and re-trim later).

Lotus birth is a gentle practice you may wish to consider; otherwise, we normally wait until after the placenta has been born before severing the cord. I believe third stage is safer when it is un-rushed and mother and baby are not separated, and prolonged skin-to-skin contact is facilitated. More on promoting safety in third stage here.

Read about the benefits of delayed cord clamping here.

Some people sever the cord with scissors, and sometimes at homebirths, the cord is severed using the flame from a burning candle.

It's easy to use a cotton umbilical cord tie. Simply wait until the cord is flat, white and empty of blood. Tie the tail of the cord tie around the cord and double knot. If you wish, you can tie another knot around the other side of the cord to make it extra secure.

Some people prefer to clamp the cord as usual with a plastic clamp and then tie the cord tie between the clamp and the baby.


But what about sterilising the cord tie, you may ask? The fabric of the cord tie is just like the fabric of the baby's nappy or clothes. It should be clean, but does not need to be sterile, because the cord doesn't come in contact with the baby's blood stream or any open wound. However, if you still wish to sterilize it, boil the cord tie for 10 minutes in a little saucepan. (Don't forget to boil the fork or whatever you plan on using to lift out the cord tie, or there's not much point!) The lift the cord tie into a ziploc bag and keep it in the freezer until the day of the baby's birth.


The cord ties can be re-purposed to add a motif to a baby's top or jacket, hat or headband:

Cord tie and matching headband set, $15.00



At the moment, we have three designs to choose from:

Mini Mandala, Large Daisy and Small Daisy

And we have 11 fabulous colours to choose from:

Mabel, Rosella, Pansy, Passionflower, Hippeastrum, Wisteria, Heliotrope, Hallston, Dahlia, Larkspur and Sea Change:

The grey/silver tones with aqua/turquoise of  'Mabel': mini-mandala; large daisy & small daisy, $7.50
Colours of the Australian bush: 'Rosella' Daisies & Mini Mandala, $7.50
'Pansy' Daisies & Mini Mandalas
'Passionflower' daisies and mandalas

'Hippeastrum': Large Daisy (top) and Small Daisy (bottom), $7.50 each
'Wisteria' daisies and mandalas - earthy purple and taupe shades

Heliotrope daisies and mandalas. Perfect for lovers of purple!
'Hallston" daisies and mandalas
'Dahlia' - pink and fuschia hues
The pretty pastels of 'Larkspur'
The blues and greens of 'Sun Shower'

These hand-dyed variegated cord ties are $7.50 each.

To order, please email blissfulherbs@bigpond.com and provide your postal address.

Postage is $2.00 or, if you're ordering herbs etc as well, it's $8.00 for packages up to 500g gross, Australia-wide.

We also have cord ties available in a range of other colours (these are not made using hand-dyed threads) for $6.50: