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!


During 2014, 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
Blessingway Bliss footbath petals


Herbs for Birth
Birthing Bliss tea
After Birth tea
No Bleed tea




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 and compress herbs
Lotus Birth herbs - for the care of the Lotus Birth placenta. With Lavender, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Rose petals and Himalayan Pink Salt 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



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
Tummy Bliss tea
Triple H tea - support for hiatus hernia and heartburn
Joint-ease tea and bath herbs
Sleepytime Bliss tea
Heavenly Peace Sleep Sachet
Eczema Blitz topical herbs
Skin Bliss tea
Acne Blitz topical herbs
Herbal Hair rinse
Balanced Weight herbal tea
Liver Tonic tea
Urinary Tract Support tea
Mellow Mood / Mellow Mama relaxation bath herbs
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



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 $5.00


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



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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.

100g packet, $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