About Path To Birth
Path to Birth is a business dedicated to supporting the emotional side of your path to parenthood.
Our MISSION is to help you manage your emotions, build your confidence and to dissipate any fears, negative beliefs and anxieties related to your pregnancy, birth and new parenting journey.
Our VISION is that everyone's experience of pregnancy, birth and parenthood is empowered, fulfilling and calm, no matter how it unfolds.
If I had to give a quick description of the essence of who I am I would say - Avid Talker. Happy Wife. Proud Mum and Step-Mum. Loyal Friend. Family Focused. Likes to Laugh. Animal Lover. Neat Freak. Determined. Can't resist a Trampoline or Swing! And Passionate about Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth!
I've always loved babies and known I wanted to be a mother. My life really took a turn towards working in fertility, pregnancy and birth after meeting the love of my life and getting married. We immediately set about trying to have a baby - and after 4 years of infertility we were finally successful in achieving this goal, with our beautiful little girl being born in November 2015.
During our time trying to conceive (TTC) we have come up against many challenges - long months of trying to conceive naturally, two ectopic pregnancies, the loss of my fallopian tubes and IVF.
This experience has certainly been hard, but I learnt a lot about myself and it inspired me to become active in the fertility and pregnancy community.
My fertility challenges opened me up to a whole new passion for fertility, pregnancy and birth. I was (and still am!) fascinated and empowered by how we can use our mind and body to positively support us in making this time of life what we want it to be.
My own experience has been that there is not enough support for emotional side effects faced by couples, often women in particular, who are on a longer and more complicated pathway to creating a family.
For something I strongly believe is such an amazing privilege in our lives I am saddened by how much fear, anxiety, shame and judgment can be associated with infertility, pregnancy and birth today.
Birth is often something that is surrounded by the idea of fear and pain. Infertility, pregnancy and new motherhood/parenthood are such intensely personal experiences that can have so many stigmas attached to them that people find it hard to share, or to know who to share with. Or the only stories that are shared loudly are ones that are negative. As a result there can be a lack of access to positive support and resources.
Path To Birth was created from this thinking. I felt such a pull to find a way to contribute to making other women and couple's pathways to parenthood easier than ours has been. I was blessed after so many years of infertility with a healthy pregnancy and an amazing positive birth. I know from experience that having the right birth education, tools and support makes all the difference.
So I followed my passion I certified as a Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner and a Newborn Mothers Postpartum Professional and I started Path To Birth! I am now taking this one step further undertaking my Bachelor of Midwifery/Nursing.
I just LOVE working helping to move people from a place of fear and doubt to one of confidence and courage as they navigate pregnancy and birth preparation. I am so inspired daily by the wonderful people I work with to achieve anxiety free pregnancies and a calm, positive approach to birthing and new parenthood.
As a student midwife I am able to follow 10 women/couples on their birthing journey providing continuity of care and birth support for free. If you are located in Melbourne and interested in some extra support and guidance please contact me to find out more.
If you are interested in reading more about my personal experiences, along with what I've learnt to help survive TTC, pregnancy, birth and new motherhood, please feel free to drop by my BLOG or check out some of my most popular BLOG POSTS. Please note a lot of my blogs relate to infertility…
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Certified Newborn Mothers Postpartum Professional