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 5 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 2016, 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, 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

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
* 25g Breastfeeding Bliss tea

Herbs for Little Ones

Lullaby Bliss tea and bath herbs; and Sleepytime Balm

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 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 

Herbs for Recovery

Healing Bliss tea

Anti-oxidant tea


Herbs for Strength and Calm


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.


Bamboo strainer $8.50

Bamboo long-handled spoon $2.75

Re-usable beaded muslin tea bag $6.50

Henna kits and supplies

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

More details on all our products here

Getting the best from your herbal teas

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Midwives in Melbourne and Victoria, 2016

(Image by Lacey Barratt Photography, of Angela Gallo)
Organic Midwifery Helen & Mal

Clare and Nic Midwives
Samantha Rouse, Croydon
MAMA - Mothers and Midwives Australia
My Midwives Melbourne
My Midwives Melbourne North
My Midwives Melbourne South East:
Address: 8/1091 Stud Rd, Rowville VIC 3178
Phone:0422 377 452
My Midwives Shepparton & Echuca
Ten Moons Personal Midwifery Care, Martina Gorner:
Wings - Midwifery and Women’s Health Care
Embracing Birth, South Gippsland Region.
The Birth House, Geelong
Shifrah Women’s Health - Leanne Chapman, Mildura
Bendigo Positive Birthing

The Midwife Collective - Central Victoria
Midwives Australia - find a midwife:

After Pain-ease tea

After pains tend to increase after second and subsequent babies. On one hand they're a good thing - it means your uterus is involuting to protect you from excessive bleeding ... but on the other hand, as every mother knows, they suck massively and sometimes can feel worse than labour pains!

So here is a tea of comforting, anti-spasmodic and analgesic herbs to help you through the roughest afterpains, to help you get on with the joy of bonding with your new babe and relaxing into motherhood again.

The After Pain-ease tea contains:

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - this beautiful herb has been used to reduce menstrual cramps and moderate uterine bleeding and congestion, and to treat spasmodic dysmenorrhoea.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromatica) - this warming uterine healer contains pain-relieving eugenol as well as spasmolytic action to reduce uterine pain and spasm. Warming herbs and teas are used in many cultures to warm and soothe the mother after giving birth. Cinnamon is also known to help boost strength and energy and reduce anxiety and stress. It is an ideal convalescent herb.

Crampbark (Viburnum opulus) - with muscle relaxant and anti-spasmodic actions, this herb also nourishes and soothes the nervous system with its nervine and sedative effects. Helpful for menstraul and post-natal uterine cramps.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) - this anti-inflammatory herb is well -known for its anti-allergic effects to treat hayfever - but it is also an effective emmenagogue, which induces relaxation in uterine tissues. With analgesic and relaxant properties, it is a uterine bitter that helps reduce uterine tension, spasm and pain.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) - this warming herb has been used to treat the pain of spasmodic dymenorrhoea and endometriosis. Ginger relaxes spasm and relieves pain and is very healing for all female organs. It is also soothing for stressed nerves.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) - with relaxant, spasmolytic and mild sedative actions, this is another herb that acts on the uterus and the nervous system simultaneously - just what you need post-birth! Lemon Balm has been used traditionally to help with the birth of the placenta, which points to its usefulness in modulating uterine action.

Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) - this is the ultimate woman's herb, with big love for the uterus, used through the ages to support women through the stages of life from menarche to menopause. It is a uterine astringent, making it useful for strengthening and toning the uterus and moderating excessive bleeding. It is known to "relax and soothe" the uterus and has also been used to treat dysmenorrhoea.

Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) - with anti-spasmodic and hormone-modulating actions, this herb has a special affinity for female reproductive organs. It is helpful for menstrual spasm and ovarian pain, and for reducing the intensity of post natal after pains.

The ginger and cinnamon in this blend makes it a delicious and warming tea to sip on post-natally.

How to Use:
Use a glass or ceramic pot or jug, and avoid metal implements when making herbal teas. Place about a teaspoon (3-4g) of herbs in your pot or jug, pour on hot water, cover, and allow to steep for about 10 minutes. You can drink the tea hot, warm or cool. You could also add a twist of lemon or lime, or a natural sweetener such as aguave or raw honey, if desired. Store your herbs out of direct sunlight to preserve potency, colour and flavour.


10g in 2 individual tea bags = 2.00
15g in 4 individual tea bags = 3.50
25g loose leaf = 5.00
50g = 8.50
60g = 10.00
75g = 13.00
100g = 16.00

50g packet and 10g packet in two individual tea bags
To order:

Email and provide a postal address with your order.

Disclaimer: This information is of a general informational nature and does not constitute medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Any health condition should be referred to your chosen health care practitioner. Check with your health care practitioner before commencing to use any herbal tea, and be aware of any personal and family allergies.