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 6 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 2017, 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

Instagram: blissful.herbs - see you there!


NEW!!!

Fabulous packages for doulas, midwives and all who work with birthing women. There are some crazy good deals here, check it out:

Herbs for your thriving doula business or midwifery practice

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, and Haemorrhoid Blitz Balm

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

Birth Boost tea - with Schisandra, to support stamina, endurance and courage during a long or challenging labour

After Birth tea

No Bleed tea

After Pain-ease tea - to help reduce the discomfort of afterpains following birth.



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

Soothing Salve - for the healing perineum, baby care, and nipple care

Babymoon Bliss tea

Baby Blues tea

After Pain-ease tea & tincture

Breastfeeding Bliss galactagogue tea and tincture

Sore Nipple Bliss topical herbs

Mastitis Blitz tea, compress herbs, ointment & tincture

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.

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

Herbs for your thriving doula business or midwifery practice

A Trio of Tinctures = $20.00

Birthworker Bulk Packs = $30.00

Basic Birthy-ness Kit = $40.00

Blissful Birthing Kit = $50.00

Blissful Abundance Kit = $85.00



Herbs for Little Ones

Lullaby Bliss tea and bath herbs; Sleepytime Balm & Saving Grace Bedtime Cordial

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


75g Tummy Bliss tea, $13.00
Image by Angela Gallo
Triple H tea - support for hiatus hernia and heartburn

Joint-ease tea and bath herbs

Sleepytime Bliss tea and balm

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, tea and balm

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 

Fatigue Support tea - with adaptogens and nourishing herbs to provide stamina and relieve fatigue.



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 $8.50


Bamboo long-handled spoon $2.75


Re-usable beaded muslin tea bag $6.50



Pkt of 20 paper filter tea bags $3.00



Cleansing bottle $3.00

Muslin draw-string bath bags - small $1.50 / large $2.00


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


Sassy Soap - all natural soaps $6.00 each


Henna Supplies



More details on all our products here

Getting the best from your herbal teas



Click here for Sales, News and Specials

How to prepare the perfect herbal bath for ultimate in luxurious pampering

Other than a full body massage with hot stones, I think a hot bath is my favourite way to unwind!

No longer do you have to pour in products full of nasty chemicals to achieve a truly blissful pampering bath of utter luxury.

You can use herbs from your garden, add magnesium salts and a few drops of your favourite essential oils.

If you're using your gorgeous Blissful Herbs bath blends, here's what to do, step by step.

Start with your loose bath herbs:



And fill up your muslin drawstring bag with a generous amount:



Use an old pantyhose if you don't have a muslin bag!

Pull the drawstring and place your herbal sachet in a container - a Pyrex bowl is perfect.


Then pour on boiling water from the kettle, enough to fully immerse the herbal sachet.


Cover with a lid (I just use a plate) and leave to steep while you run your bath, to prevent the precious essential oils from escaping.



After a good 10 minutes or more of steeping, the herbal liquid should be quite dark brown. Now pour the entire contents of the bowl into your warm bath - wet sachet and all.

Step in, gently stir with your body .... and let your cares drift away ...



You can scatter Pretty Petals on the herb-scented bath water 


And of course, babies and toddlers are most welcome to join you!


However .... herbal baths are so popular, that you might need to barricade the door ... or while you quickly field a phone call, your children might beat you to it (true story!)

Brianna ran this lovely bath for herself, a well-deserved treat:


Then raced to the loo, and by the time she got back:


Huh. #mumlife

Choosing which of our fabulous, utterly decadent bath blends is quite a challenge ...

Pregnant Mama Bliss bath

Post Natal Bliss bath

Mother's Milk Bliss bath

Mellow Mama Bliss bath

Moon Cycle Bliss bath

Rest & Heal bath

Muscle-ease bath

Eczema Blitz bath

Lullaby Bliss bath

Soothe-a-Fever bath

PUPPP-ease bath

Nappy Rash Blitz bath

Haemorrhoid Blitz bath

Joint-ease bath

Candida Blitz bath

VV-ease bath

Prices:

25g herbs in small muslin bag = $6.00
50g herbs in large muslin bag = $10.00
100g herbs loose = $16.00
150g herbs = $23.50
200g herbs = $30.00
small muslin bag = $1.50
large muslin bag = $2.00

I suggest approx. 25g herbs, or a generous handful, per bath.

To order:

Please email blissfulherbs@bigpond.com and include your postal address.

Herbs for your thriving doula or midwifery business

As a doula myself, I know how lovely it is to be able to offer wholesome herbal nurture and comfort to my clients throughout their child-bearing journey.

So I have created these truly cost-effective kits and deals so that you can liberally shower your clients with herbal goodness.



A Trio of Tinctures - handy to carry in your doula or midwifery bag - $20.00

Choose any 3 of our 25 ml herbal extract blends:

* Birth Boost Tincture
* No Bleed Tincture
* Placenta Release Tincture
* After Pain-ease Tincture
* More Milk Tincture

Single price: $7.50 each

We also have:

* 50 ml bottles for $14.00 each

* 100 ml bottles for $20.00 each

* 200 ml bottles for $35.00 each

Standard dosing is 5 ml three times daily. Info sheets come with each product, providing you with information on the actions of each herb and suggestions for usage and dosing.

25 ml Mastitis Blitz Tincture with High Potency Echinacea and Pokeroot, $7.50


Basic Birthy-ness Kit - $40.00

This lavish kit has everything you need to support one birth, complete with full instructions for each product. The products are listed in the usual order in which you'd use them at a birth.

20g Birthing Bliss tea in four individual tea bags

10g After Birth Bliss tea in two individual tea bags

10g No Bleed tea in two individual tea bags

100g Post Natal Bliss herbs, with muslin bag and peri bottle

25g Babymoon Bliss tea

25g Breastfeeding Bliss tea

FREE GIFT! 10g in two individual tea bags for YOU, the midwife or doula - of any tea of your choice such as Serenitea, Centered Mama, Sleepytime, Stress Less etc AND a guest soap of our gorgeous, 100% natural, hand-crafted Sassy Soap.


Blissful Birthing Kit - $50.00

With this gorgeous kit, you can offer your client additional support for a long labour, afterpains and moderation of third stage bleeding.

20g Birthing Bliss tea in four individual tea bags

15g Birth Boost tea in 4 individual tea bags - a helpful tea with Schisandra to impart strength and courage during a long or challenging labour

10g After Birth Bliss tea in two individual tea bags

25 ml No Bleed Tincture OR Afterpain-ease Tincture

20g Afterpain-ease tea in four individual tea bags

100g Post Natal Bliss herbs, with muslin bag and peri bottle

25g Babymoon Bliss tea

25g Breastfeeding Bliss tea

15 ml Soothing Salve

FREE GIFT! 10g in two individual tea bags AND a Tiny Tin lip balm.

25 ml Placenta-Release Tincture with Angelica, Raspberry Leaf and Motherwort, $7.50


Blissful Abundance Kit - $85.00

Shower your client with herbal blessings! Complete with tinctures that have long expiry dates to keep in your bag as you attend births.

20g Birthing Bliss tea in four individual tea bags

20g Birth Boost tea in four individual tea bags

25 ml Birth Boost Tincture with Schisandra

20g After Birth Bliss tea in four individual tea bags

25 ml No Bleed Tincture

20g Afterpain-ease tea in four individual tea bags

25 ml Afterpain-ease Tincture

150g Post Natal Bliss herbs, with muslin bag and peri bottle

25g Babymoon Bliss tea

25g Breastfeeding Bliss tea

30 ml Soothing Salve

Packet of Pretty Petals - lovely to scatter on the herb-scented bath water to help her feel really nurtured and special - and wonderful for photography.

FREE GIFT! 10g in two individual tea bags for YOU - AND a free cord tie to gift to your client.

25 ml Birth Boost Ticnture, with Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Schisandra & Vervain, $7.50


Wait - there's more ....

Birth Worker Bulk Packs - $30.00

6 x 25g Post Natal Bliss sachets, in 10 x 15 cm unbleached muslin drawstring bags, individually wrapped, each with info sheet

OR

6 x 35g of any other tea, e.g. Babymoon Bliss tea, Breastfeeding Bliss tea, each with info sheet

OR

10 x 15g Post Natal Bliss sachets in paper filter heat-sealed bags, individually wrapped (with one info sheet per set for your reference).

And lastly ...

Do you know about our Birthworker Discount? You receive 10% off any order over $50.00 when you are purchasing herbs for your clients. This doesn't apply to the above packages which are already discounted. See our list of products here

To order, please email me at blissfulherbs@bigpond.com and include your postal address.

Or phone or text me on 0432 105 162

I look forward to hearing from you and doing all I can to assist you in providing exemplary service to the families you serve.

Find me on Facebook here

And on Instagram: blissful.herbs