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.

Our Births

* Here is a montage about our experiences with the homebirths of our three princess warriors:

Listening to Rain ... our births


* Here is the story of the birth of our first baby. Be warned. It's long! Only for die-hard birth-story addicts (puts up hand).
Listening to Rain - the birth of Talitha

* Our second baby was born in a shopping mall. Unusual setting - but a lovely birth!
Where the Spirit of the Lord is - the birth of Saoirse Deborah

* Our third baby girl was also born at home in New Zealand - where we chose to go because there the Government supports and funds homebirth services, one-to-one midwifery care for women; and empowers midwives as independent practitioners. However, it is worth noting that while funded homebirth and empowered midwifery are excellent goals, and I hope we have that available here in Australia SOON - every consumer still needs to be responsible to wisely choose the right careprovider (be it doula, obstetrician, midwife or any member of your chosen birth team) for THEM.

Even - or perhaps, especially - a birth that does not go completely according to plan, brings with it its own special lessons.
For Such a Time as This - the birth of Hadassah Dara

* Our fourth baby only stayed with us for 11 short weeks of gestation - but we loved her and we miss her. This is the story of her life and loss, and the sweet blessings she left with us.
A great white bird takes flight - farewelling Roisin

* Our fifth baby and fourth child and first son is Ruaidhri (Rory) Zephaniah, who joined us 8 years after his big sister Hadassah when I was 43!
Mighty to Save - the birth of Rory Zephaniah 


The Birth of Ruaidhri, 2010 (complete) from Julie Bell on Vimeo.

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