About Me

Hi, I'm Sarah- a mother, midwife and mental health nurse based in Melbourne, Australia.  I began my career as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in 2005, and over the proceeding 12 years I worked across many areas of mental health care, including adult in-patient units, drug and alcohol services, community mental health programs, secure forensic in-patient facilities, long-term psychosocial rehabilitation programs and mother-baby unit settings.  During this time I had my first baby - and was shocked to find that the most amazing and enlivening experience of my life was at the same time extremely frightening, disempowering and disappointing.  

 

A short five months later I was unexpectedly pregnant again and decided that this time I would do it differently.  I spent every spare moment educating myself about my care options and everything VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).  I hired a private midwife.  We did private, holistic childbirth education. With a lot of work (and money), we received absolutely amazing, individualised antenatal, birth and postpartum care.  The difference in care that I experienced in my first two birth experiences (and the fact that it required so much work and money) is what drove me to change career paths and I quickly enrolled in a Graduate Entry Bachelor of Midwifery with the lofty ambition of one day seeing improved quality and accessibility of maternity health services.  From the moment I started studying midwifery I felt like I had come home.  I was where I was supposed to be.

 

During the last year of my studies my daughter was born, and my pregnancy, birth and postnatal care was provided by the same beautiful midwives as we had for my son, and the care once again was impeccable. I finished my studies and was fortunate enough to be employed by a large tertiary hospital, where I continue to work part-time through areas of antenatal care, birth centre and postnatal care, trying to maintain my focus on the long term goal of meeting eligibility criteria for private midwifery practice.

During my work in mainstream maternity services, I have noticed many gaps in the provision of care to women and families, especially in the areas of pregnancy, birth and parenting education and perinatal mental health.  Families are often approaching birth with limited knowledge of the physiological processes of birth and how to support them, and are largely unaware of options that are available to them (or that they even have any!)  They are given very little in the way of individualised support, and when birth does not go as expected, birth debriefing rarely occurs - even more seldom is it done well.  Specialised perinatal mental health services are often limited to short-term crisis-driven support that provides little in the way of long term, capacity building support.

 

With an extensive background in mental health, an understanding of the processes and support needs of families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and experience working within maternity services, I am inspired to create space to hold families through their transition to parenthood in a way that sees them moving forward feeling heard, supported and confident.  I want to help families feel as though they are thriving, not just surviving. So, welcome!  I am glad you are here and I hope you find something within these pages to assist you or someone you care about.  If there is anything you don't see here that you are looking for, or you have any questions about my services, please don't hesitate to contact me using the form below.

  • Birth Debriefing

  • Birth Trauma Counselling

  • Perinatal Counselling 

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Transition Difficulties

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Difficulties with Bonding-Attachment

  • Pregnancy Education and Support

  • Labour and Birth Education

  • Birth Planning Support

  • VBAC Education and Planning

  • Postpartum Education and Support

  • Early Parenting Education and Support

  • Other Issues 
     

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Victoria, Australia, 3786

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