Resource List for New Families on the Mid North Coast NSW

 

Private Midwives:

 

Megan Norse – Birth Sisters

Service:

  • Private Midwifery including homebirth

  • Empowered birthing classes

Port Macquarie based – will travel

Contact: Phone: 02 65850609, 0488589983

Email: birthsisters1@gmail.com

Website: https://www.birth-sisters.com/

Social Media: @birthsisters_official

 

Lea Bailey – Optimal Midwifery

Service:

  • Continuity of care throughout pregnancy and postpartum (not birth)

  • Calmbirth Education

Taree based

Contact: 0438 978 500

Website: https://optimalmidwifery.wordpress.com/

Social Media:

 

Doulas, Birth and Postpartum Support Services

 

Shelley McClure (Me) Pollination Mamas

Service: In home postpartum support, herbal support, vaginal steaming, nourishing foods and massage. Soon to offer meal planning and health coaching for optimum conception, pregnancy and postpartum.

Manning based (will travel)

Contact: 0426837432

Website: www.pollinationmamas.com

Social Media: @pollinationmamas

 

Rachel Gill – Port Macquarie Doula

Service: Full Spectrum Doula

Contact: On social media below

Facebook: @Rachel Gill - Port Macquarie Doula

IG: @TheRachelGill

 

Megan Jones – Om Birth

Service: Birth Doula, Great Lakes based (will travel)

Contact: Via website below

Website: https://www.ombirth.com.au/

Social Media: @ombirth

 

Body Workers

 

Christina Gibbs – Hands Om Healing

Service: Pregnancy Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofacial Release, Kinesiology, Remedial Massage - Taree

Contact: 0404559392 

Website: http://www.handsomhealing.com.au/

Social Media: @HandsOmHealing

 

Annika Jende and Graham Taylor – Spectrum Natural Family Health

Service: Chiropractic and Osteopathy, experienced with pregnancy and postpartum - Taree 

Contact: (02) 6550 1223

Website: www.spectrumchiropractic.com.au

Social Media: @SpectrumNaturalFamilyHealth

 

Gai Wespi - Bowen Therapy

Contact: 0418658485

 

Shannon and Anthony Hilkemeijer - Body IQ

Service: Osteopathy, Pediatric Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy, Pilates - Port Macquarie

Contact: 1300 661 863 and body.iq@outlook.com 

Website: http://www.bodyiq.net.au/

Social Media: @Body IQ - osteopathy, pilates and neurological integration

Chaitanya Morely-Southall – Womb Temple Yoga

Service: Holistic Pelvic Care (Coffs Harbour area but closest practitioner of this important modality)

Contact: 0413 811 359

Website: https://www.wombtempleyoga.com/

Social Media: @wombtempleyoga

 

Denise Ball – Womb Devotion

Service: Mizan Abdominal and Womb Massage - Great Lakes Area

Contact: via website below

Website: https://www.wombdevotion.com/home

Social Media: @wombdevotion

Lactation Consultants

 

Alissa Powell (IBCLC) – Latch Lactation

Service: Lactation Consultant, breastfeeding, tongue and lip tie support

Contact: 0412 596 216

info@latchlactation.com.au

Website: https://www.latchlactation.com.au/

Social Media: @latchlactation

 

Hypnobirthing Classes: http://zenmama.com.au/

 

Naturopathy

 

Kelly Horne – Spectrum Natural Family Health

Service: Naturopath

Contact:

Website: www.spectrumchiropractic.com.au

Social Media: @KellyHorneNaturopath

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

 

Ngaio Richards - Breathe Acupuncture

Service: Acupuncture and TCM Herbal Medicine

Contact: 0414 692 901

ngaio@breatheacupuncture.com.au

Website: https://breatheacupuncture.com.au/

Social Media:

 

Placenta Encapsulation

 

Rebecca Potts – Oxytocin Collective

Service: Placenta encapsulation and placenta prints

Contact: oxytocincollective@gmail.com

Website: https://www.theoxytocincollective.com.au/

Social Media: @oxytocincollective

Yoga

 

Tahnia May-Lee– Womb to Move Yoga

Contact details: 0498 966 004

yoga.with.tahnia@gmail.com      

 

Yoga Shala Port Macquarie - pregnancy and postpartum classes

https://www.theyogashala.com.au/classes

 

Forster Yoga Studio

https://www.forsteryogastudio.com.au/class-schedule

 

Bereavement Support 

 

Megan Baker – Inner World Village

Service: Bereavement Support, Healing, Counselling and Massage Sessions

Contact: connect@innerworldvillage.com.au

Website: http://www.innerworldvillage.com.au/

Social Media: @innerworldvillage

Australia Wide Supports

 

“Pregnancy and the first year of parenthood (the perinatal period) is an exciting time that brings new challenges and responsibilities for expecting parents. 

However, both men and women can experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy (antenatal) and following the birth of their baby (postnatal). Mothers can also develop postnatal psychosis, an acute and rare mental illness. 

Perinatal mental illnesses are treatable. With appropriate care and support, many people with perinatal mental illness go on to have more children.  

 

 

  • As many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums and 1 in 10 expecting or new dads will experience perinatal anxiety or depression. 

  • Perinatal anxiety or depression affects around 100,000 families across Australia every year.  

  • Mothers and fathers can develop perinatal mental illness during pregnancy, during early parenthood or any time in the first 12 months of a child’s life. After this time, it is usually treated as a non-perinatal mental illness. 

  • Postnatal psychosis (also known as postpartum or puerperal psychosis) is a serious and rare form of acute mental illness that usually occurs within the first month after a child is born. It affects one to two new mothers in every 1000. “ www.sane.org  

 

 

Mental Health Support:

 

If you're worried that you may be experiencing anxiety and or depression go to your GP as a first point of contact to get mental health plan & referral to psychologist or counsellor with experience in postpartum mental health

 

Online Information and Support Services:

 

PANDA www.panda.org.au

 

“PANDA - Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline for individuals and their families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious illness that affects up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten expecting or new dads.”

 

Cope www.cope.org.au

 

“High quality, practical information – to help YOU work through all the emotional challenges of becoming and being a parent’

 

Gidget www.gidgetfoundation.org.au

 

“Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation supporting the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.”

 

Breastfeeding:

 

Australian Breastfeeding Association www.breastfeeding.asn.au

Breastfeeding Support and Information Helpline: 1800 686 268

 

Pregnancy Loss Support:

 

Sands www.sands.org.au

1300 072 637

 

Pregnancy Loss Australia www.pregnancylossaustralia.org.au

 

Still Standing Magazine – great articles and resources on pregnancy after loss www.stillstandingmag.com

 

Heartfelt www.heartfelt.org.au

1800 583 768 (Aust)   0800 583 768 (NZ)

 

“Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia and New Zealand dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births or have children with serious and terminal illnesses.

Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate manner.

All services are provided free of charge.

Click on the links above to contact a Heartfelt Photographer”

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