While you're caring for your baby, who is looking after you?
We spend so much time planning for birth (which is great) but what about a plan for postpartum? Once your baby is born, what does support look like to you? Do you have boundaries around your time and energy? Who is helping you feel less isolated? Less bored? Who is looking after you? Who is supporting your breastfeeding challenges? Who is running you a bath, talking you through your hormonal shift, feeding you nutritious snacks and making you feel like an absolute goddess? That's where I come in.
I'm Steph, a postpartum doula with heart.
I’m so happy you have found this page and are seriously thinking about upping your postpartum game.
I’m a Postpartum Doula working and living in Geelong, and I am incredibly passionate about looking after women and birthing people after baby is born.
In my role as a postpartum doula I want to take you from a place of 'hmmmm ok' to 'fuck yes!' I want to make you feel like the post-birth rockstar that you are.
A little bit about me: I'm a mama, a wife, a gift-giver, a hugger, witty with a heart of gold (and a little bit sweary). I'm super passionate about birth and postpartum, and about breastfeeding. I have a huge heart and I want to make space within to care and nurture you in your postpartum. You can learn more about me here.
If you are picking up what I’m putting down we should totally chat.
What the heck does a doula do?
Why do you need a post-birth bestie?
The transition into motherhood is huge work. From those first few days, to weeks, to months, it's constantly changing. And unfortunately, we have lost our village. It's rare that we have more than two adults in one household, we often live in different cities and states from our family. Postpartum care in Australia is non-existent beyond six weeks (and even then it's minimal and more focused on baby).
Here's the thing, we enlist the help of personal trainers in the gym, mentors at work and Marie Kondo to help us tidy our house! So why are we doing the hardest job in the world by ourselves? Motherhood is rewarding, joyful, beautiful yes, but it's a transition of epic proportions, a fragile time going from your former life of maiden to your new one as mother. I want to be there for you as you make this transition, complete with love, snacks, hacks and so much more,
NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT ME
Steph is whip-smart, full of humour and even more heart. A compassionate communicator with a background in journalism, Steph has deep listening ears and a love of storytelling, and her podcast Postpartum Stories with Steph is creating a space for women and their partners to share their experiences in a raw and real way.
Steph's genuine care for mothers and our right to more respect and much better postpartum stories to tell, is shown through the tears she sheds and the rage she feels whenever she speaks about her work. Anyone who gets the opportunity to have her loving energy in their tender postpartum weeks and months is one lucky woman.
— Rachael Rose