About

About Anna

 

Hello! I’m Anna…

I’m a science-hippy, and a passionate believer that birth doesn’t have to be scary, and motherhood doesn’t have to be this hard.

And I believe this because I’ve walked it myself, and still walk it today with my two kids and (ever patient) husband.

With a background in health and social science, hands-on international health experience, and over ten years of working with parents, kids and teenagers, I felt fairly prepared for what lay ahead as I embarked on my journey to motherhood.

Yet the pregnancy and birth of my eldest left me shattered. In what should have been a glorious and beautiful time, I entered a time of overwhelm, PTSD and eventually postnatal psychosis. My beautiful little one had extra complexities, and I suddenly had to navigate these in the dark. I fell apart.

And as I fell apart, I felt how deeply unsupportive society can be of motherhood. I also discovered that I had more resources than I thought, and that healing is possible.

So I pulled together my experience, drew on the huge resources I had, found (and created) new ones, and now I dedicate my efforts to supporting mums across the entire parenting journey, from pregnancy through to wrangling teenagers. 

As an educator and mentor for mums and mothers-to-be, I have spent years watching, researching and caring for women navigating this huge journey.

And here’s what I’ve noticed:

Mums are overworked and disregarded. But they’re told to be grateful for how ‘equal’ society is now, and ‘how much easier’ we have it than previous generations. Some of this is true. Some of this, we know, is not.

Much of the pop psych ‘think positive’ is just not cutting the mustard, and while wine and cynicism can be therapeutic, many mums want more than that and just can’t find it.

Birth transforms us, for better or worse. And few are talking about this.

So, where do I come in?

I know that one size doesn’t fit all, and having the right strategies and approaches for you and your unique family is absolutely the best way to put your family first.

I know that hard doesn’t have to equal bad, and that it’s possible to find calm within the chaos.

I know that community and connection is where the good stuff is, and that it has the power to transform us and our families.

It’s not what we’re experiencing.

And it’s time to change that.

If you’re looking for information, support, compassion and REAL tools across this parenting journey, you’re in the right place.

Welcome. I’m here to help.

Anna xx                

A few bits about me:

I’m an educator, mentor, researcher and your biggest cheerleader.

The kind of cheerleader who helps you believe in yourself, and do it your way.

I’m a complete nerd, who devours research and literature, reads studies for fun and nearly did a PhD in how we can better turn evidence into practice.

I’m a mystic who meditates, listens to crystals, warms her heart under the sun, and sways to the dance of intuition.

I’m curious, creative, spiritual, sometimes too serious, sometimes not serious enough.

I laugh at inappropriate things, I’m terrible at small talk and while I’m a fluent speaker of sarcasm, I rarely understand it in others.

I’m compassionate, empathic, sensitive and hold space really well.

I write, I’m an aspiring polyglot addicted to travel, I love music and when I’ve worked out an outfit I love, I do a nerdy sexy happy dance which makes my husband laugh…at me ;).

I’m addicted to learning, because I adore being challenged, having my perspectives shifted and thoroughly enjoy turning things over in my mind, and the gems that unfold as I do so.

I never teach what I don’t do for myself, and use my own experiences as a fertile ground for harvesting gold.

I believe that practice is better than perfect, and that what we need far more than perfection is love, acceptance, compassion, and a willingness to say sorry and try again.

I love being with my kids and see my role as a mother as a journey of raising adults who are kind and compassionate, who know how to regulate themselves, who believe in themselves and let Love take the driver’s seat.

I also love my work, love myself as me first, and know that my kids benefit from being in the care of others as well as my own. I know that I alone am not enough for my children – that it takes a village.

I whole-heartedly believe that we are body, mind, soul and spirit.

I do not ascribe to ignoring the negative so we can raise our vibration, and am quoted for saying ‘We cannot positive think our way out of this human existence.’

I believe that we are powerful beyond comprehension, and that if we allow ourselves to surrender to Love, we can transform any situation into possibility, growth and expansion.

I say my practice is where science meets intuition – I blend science and magic to create and hold space for you to make sense of this all yourself.

I believe that you matter.

You matter enormously.

I’m here to help you through these ups and downs and ride the waves of possibility.

And I’ll back it with evidence 😉

So much love,

Anna

 

 

 

 

What people say about Anna

Generally speaking everyone should have a doula.

Anna made me realise what it was to be a support to my partner during labour and even if she charged $5000, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Kevin North
Dad, Birth Client

Being able to discuss my specific situation with Anna not only lifted a weight off my shoulders by being truly heard by someone who understands, but allowed us to discuss real strategies to cope with the overwhelm that comes with parenting.

Alex Reale
Mum of 4

Working with Anna on her Calm in the Chaos course truly helped me on so many levels. Anna provided practical advice and techniques on how to diffuse the pressures that I was experiencing, and through implementing these I was able to reduce stress-induced yelling significantly and also treat myself more respectfully.

Jacqui
Calm in the Chaos Participant

Anna is a people person, a gifted doula. She is brilliant, caring, compassionate, a calming influence and a hands-on individual.

She never left my side. She was there when I wanted her, she said what I wanted to hear, her touch was soothing, our birth was amazing.

Her prenatal and postnatal care was fantastic. I underwent a considerable traumatic postnatal experience and she helped me heal.

She allowed my husband to just be there with me.We are indebted to her.

Helen & Garry Hanns
Birth Clients

Yes, I’ve had a baby before… but although I read lots and thought I understood what I needed to get through labour as naturally as possible, I didn’t feel empowered enough to put it all into practice. Quite frankly, my first birth was dictated by the obstetrician, hospital policies and my own fear… and I regret the things that happened. Through this course I’ve gained an expansion on the knowledge I already had, an expansion which has ‘clicked’ everything into place. I am now feeling positive and empowered that I can do this. I can!

Erica Nguyen
Workshop Participant

From our first meeting we knew she was the right fit for us. I knew I wanted to birth as naturally as possible & wanted a doula to guide us through the delivery of our firstborn. Anna went above & beyond in the lead up to my birth. She was there whenever I needed & was able to answer every question I had for her, even checking up on me when she’d not heard from me for a few days! The birth itself was remarkable! We are truly blessed to have met Anna & we encourage everyone to get a doula to help them through their first birth especially.

Courtney Purtell
Mum, Birth Client
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