It was during the first year of my own clinical practise (BodyWise) that I developed a strong interest in women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and postnatal care.
Later that year (1999) I completed post-graduate training with one of Australia’s foremost experts in natural fertility management, Francesca Naish (Natural Fertility Management™) to specialise in Natural Fertility Management and Preconception Care.
My naturopathic areas of specialtyes evolved to include women’s hormonal health, natural fertility management, preconception, pregnancy and postnatal care. It was such a buzz working alongside clients as their conception and pregnancy dreams came to fruition. Even better was adding another gorgeous baby photo to my clinic ‘brag’ wall! (It’s crazy to think that many of those babies are out of high school!)
In 2003, I was drawn to expand my continuity of services. I wanted to bridge the gap between the last pregnancy visit and the first postnatal one, often weeks after the birth.
So, through extensive post-graduate studies, I became a Childbirth Educator and Doula.
BodyWise BirthWise was established in 2006 providing; naturopathic care from the preconception stage, throughout pregnancy, birth and through to the postnatal period; active birth workshops, childbirth education courses and doula/birth support.
I attended my first birth as a qualified doula in 2006 and have been involved in independent childbirth education since 2007.
I was also Perth’s presenter for Beer + Bubs: Childbirth educations for dads at the pub for over 2 years. I had the absolute pleasure of working with over 300 expectant dads during this time.
In 2012 I also completed my first training to become a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with Placenta Benefits (PBi).
In 2013, I completed my Postnatal Doula training with Australian Doulas.
In 2016, I completed my Advanced Placement Training with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA) to further my knowledge and accreditation in this fascinating field. I am now a proud APPA-C Placenta Arts Specialist with current certification until late 2021.
Professional Qualifications & Training:
- Bachelor of Naturopathy (Health Science), Southern Cross University, 1998
- Advanced Certificate in Natural Fertility Management™, Francesca Naish, 1999
- Better Babies Preconception Health Care, Francesca Naish 1999
- Graduate Diploma in Childbirth Education, Associates in Childbirth Education, 2006
- Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Placenta Benefits Ltd, 2012-2021
- Postnatal Doula Training, Australian Doulas, 2013
- APPA Placenta Arts Specialist, Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA), 2016