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“Women should have the knowledge and the tools to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and beyond”

Hi, I’m Nicola and I am located in Brisbane QLD

I’m a mum, registered midwife, qualified postpartum doula, sleep trainer, and certified Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner. I believe women should have the knowledge and the tools to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and beyond. I am passionate about supporting women who want to feel empowered through their pregnancy journey, birth and beginning of parenthood. I love being able to share with women and their support people the tools, knowledge and preparation as well my support, through their pregnancy and postnatal journey. Pregnancy and birth are major experiences and can have impacts on mums and their families, I am here to help guide and support you to have a positive pregnancy and birth experience and help you gain the tools and knowledge to make the transition into parents.
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After having my son, 7 years ago, I fell in love with the idea of supporting women through such a life changing experience and as my own experience were challenging, I thought to myself if I can help someone through this journey, it would be extremely satisfying. I first trained as a midwife and did student placements from low-risk birth centre/ home birth programs to large tertiary centre. After my training I began working in a tertiary hospital to consolidate my clinical skills and found myself still wanting more, I went on to do certificates in sleep training for 0-7 years old, postpartum doula and Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner training.

Qualifications

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Basic Adult and Neonatal Resuscitation 2021
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Maternity Emergency Management training day August 28th, 2020
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In-services at Byron Central hospital on Obstetric emergencies such as PPH and cardiac arrest 2018-2019
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Obstetric emergency in the home Inservice at Lismore Birth house 2018
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K2 packages on APH, Breech, CTG monitoring, Acid base physiology, PPH, maternal collapse 2016-2020
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ACM online learning modules on Drug and Alcohol in pregnancy 2018
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Hypnobirthing Australia TM Practitioner to be completed March 2021
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Completion of Newborn Mothers Postpartum Professional Certificate Jan 2021
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Sleep training accreditation through Open College UK and Night Owls Training January 2021.
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In-services at Lismore Base hospital on topics such as water birth, Indigenous cultural safe care, and Hypoglycaemia, 2018
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NSW State Midwifery conference at Wollongong 2018
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Apply First Aid and CPR 2016-2019
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Are you wanting a sounding board for your thoughts?

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Are you wanting to be prepared and have the knowledge to make informed decisions throughout your labour and birth?

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Do you want to know your choices, clarity to develop your birth preferences or have any special thoughts you want help to know your options?

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Do you want some extra support with how you are feeling leading up to the birth or after you have your little bundle?

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Have you had a previous experience or birth trauma and you want to unpack so you can regain your confidence and self-power this time?

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Are you struggling after birth and needing some TLC or support with discussing your experience, becoming a parent or just want someone to talk to and tell you it’s ok and normal to feel overwhelmed and support you in the early days of being a parent?

If you are answering yes to any of these questions, click below to contact me, if you’re curious or want to know more about what I offer, or have any more questions, please email me at nicola@downtobirthandbeyond.com.au, or call me for a chat on 0403 739 685. If you want to have a think or need to know more about me subscribe to my mailing list.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I support you?

I can support you in a variety of way both face to face and online/virtual including:

Antental(Pre Birth)- a birth planning session- where we can unpack previous experiences, clarify birth preference and discuss options , postpartum planning session- where we discuss a plan for post birth including meal planning, supports available, achievable goal and other questions or concerns, Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth Program Classes both private or group.

Postpartum- Birth debrief session- help discuss and unpack your feelings and thoughts on the experience, postpartum support- answer any questions and guide you to appropriate health professional and resources when necessary, help reduce fear and anxiety on the challenge of being a new mum, plan tasks and achievable goals such as a shopping trip or walk, help with meal prep, light duties, be your sounding board, help with support of feeding, settling your newborn, sleeping and phone support whenever you need it.

Do I need to sleep train? How does it work?

Sleep training is a personal choice and not everyone wants to sleep train. When or if you decide to sleep train, I can help with giving you tips and techniques to sleep train and come up with an individualised sleep plan for your child. I also offer phone support when you get stuck. I will send you an intake form with questions to help me understand you, your child and family needs. I will meet with you or have a chat on the phone and discuss a plan and suitable techniques and when you decide to go ahead with you training I will be available on the phone or messages to help If you get stuck.