Creating your best transition into life as a parent.


Counselling, education, doula support

Creating your best transition into life as a parent.


Counselling, education, doula support

From pre-conception to pregnancy and early parenting, have your own birth and relationship counsellor, educator and doula by your side.

You can plan, prepare and experience this time of life in a joyful and empowering way.

Meeting your needs to:

• Build trust and confidence in your innate birthing and parenting abilities
• Explore your health care options and make informed decisions
• Prepare you and your partner/supports for an empowering birth
• Nurture healthy relationships for your life as a parent
• Help you be resourced and ready to care for your baby and personal needs

Welcome to Birthready

Building life and relationship skills to adapt well to change!

Having attended every maternity hospital in Melbourne over 25 years and supported hundreds of women, men and families, I am passionately committed to enabling this to be a positive, supportive and empowering time of personal growth and change for you.

Explore Birthready Support Services

Developed over 25 years, I offer a collaborative, integrative and person-centred approach to your health and well-being across the pre-conception to parenting time.  Many people can struggle with their mental, emotional, and relationship well-being.  An ally by your side can make a positive difference in your experience of this significant time of choices, challenge and change.   Feel acknowledged, understood and supported through the difficulties of conceiving, navigating your maternity health care options, processing your birth experience and adapting to parenthood.  I am here to help meet your needs.

Supporting individuals/couples/family groups in a wide range of cultural and diverse family constellations to compliment your support team.

Counselling and longer-term psychotherapy

(individuals / couples / co-parents)

In the safety and support of a therapeutic relationship, we nurture your self-worth, empowerment and agency for a healthier and more satisfying life.  Process problems, strengthen relationships and deepen your understanding of yourself and others. Collaboratively, we play with various integrative processes to explore how your thoughts, feelings, actions and beliefs can meet your needs. Feel more organised of mind, emotionally attuned, connected to your body and skilled in relating with the world.  Set goals alongside nurturing acceptance and curiosity about what is present now.  

Group workshops

Receive evidence informed, unbiased information and support so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.  You are in a safe place where all ideas are validated and all kinds of family structures cherished. 

Pregnancy Support

Know your birth options and let’s get Birthready.  Build the knowledge and skills to feel confident and informed to birth and parent your way!  Mindfulness.  Active birth and parenting. Team work and communication.  Birth planning and more!

Doula Support

I help bridge the gap between the natural birth process, today’s model of care and what you want. Get continuity of care that is lacking so you can plan, prepare and experience this time of your life in a more joyful, safe and empowering way.

Partner Support

From pregnancy to parenthood – Feel more supported, knowledgable, confident and able to care for yourself and the people you love. Explore what’s going to help you and your family transition well into parenthood. 

Links & Resources

I have put together a wholistic combination of birth, parenting and relationship practices, information and personal growth processes.  Have a look through them and choose what works best for you.

Explore Birthready Doula Packages

Birthready Doula packages are tailored to suits your needs.  

Initial Meeting

First meeting is free of charge.  Any time is the right time to engage a doula.  Feel free to contact me to explore your options.  


Discuss your needs and wants so you can plan, prepare and experience your pregnancy positively. We explore mindfulness, embodiment, active birthing, communication, birth choices, parenting preparation, relationship wellbeing and more.


I am on-call 24/7 from weeks 38 until birth! I give emotional, physical, practical support and advocacy during labour at home, enroute and at the hospital.  Usually I stay until you have breastfed and have your immediate post birth needs met.


I visit to debrief your birth experience, talk through any concerns you may have, nurture you and help out practically. I am here in whatever capacity to help you feel supported and secure in your role as a new parent.

Don’t know where to start?

Call Erika today on 0407 685 933 

Download my full services and fees information

Hear Erika share her wisdom on mindful birthing.


Sexylove Project Podcast with Caitlyn Cook

Feat. Erika Munton

What comes to mind when you think of birth? Is it possible to have great birth experiences? How?! With birth educator, doula, life coach and counsellor Erika Munton we explore cultural stories and myths about birthing, talk about what supports great birthing experiences in a practical and grounded way, hear realistic expectations for birth and find out about things like ecstatic birth. And as relationships and birthing experiences can take all shapes and colours, this episode is gender-inclusive and supportive to people who have all kinds of birth experiences.

Birth Stories

Welcome Kiddo – a powerful birth by induction

(Written by the birthing mother) Part One: Waiting Thursday 19 July 2018 It’s the middle of winter, and now four days past my due date. The cat is underneath the doona, curled up next to my huge swollen belly, purring as I feel that swooshing live fish flop of the...

Reflections of doula support

Reflections on a couples journey from pregnancy to parenting. ***** 1. What are you proud of with regards to your birth preparation and birth experience? I’m proud of myself for taking the initiative to do the work for a natural birth. I had not even considered that...

A dads birth story, shared from the heart

Discussing, understanding and documenting what sort of birth Jess and I wanted was critical in helping me prepare for potential unknowns. Imagining the birth process from start to finish also helped- and actually practicing things like active birth exercises in our...

Birthing with bi-polar and epilepsy

Dear Erika, At the beginning of 2009 we spoke to my psychiatrist about the possibility of me having a child. After he outlined all the complications due to my bi-polar, epilepsy and medications I had as good as accepted I’d never be a mother. When I discovered in...

An empowering induction birth

Erika was called and arrived at a critical point; Alex and her support team were exhausted and the institution was starting to move closer and closer to taking complete control of the birth. After months of research and excited planning for the complete unknown of the...

The internal journey of a long labour

The birth of Marlene After a long labour Marlene was born naturally at 1.45am on the 7th of March at Angliss Family Birth Centre, Upper Ferntree Gully. I was surrounded by a magnificent birthing team that supported me throughout the labour, which comprised of my...

Homebirth after a caesarean

I gave birth to our little boy at home, with no interventions, no drugs, no stress. I laboured the way that felt right for me, and birthed in the position that came naturally. My husband caught his own son, and it is an experience that we will never forget in a...

Two births – a marathon and a sprint

My contractions were getting stronger. Erika rang the hospital and then drove me in her car. I chose the back seat. About half way to the hospital my waters broke (fortunately I was sitting on a towel). When I told her, Erika said just what I needed to hear: that’s...

Proactive birth preparation with hypnosis

I'm so proud of the steps we took, including hiring our wonderful doula Erika, and the preparation we put in which helped create the most intense, incredible, memorable, rewarding and magical 24 hours of our lives. Our Birth Story Going into this, we didn't even know...

A great home birth experience

Effie - "When I found out I was pregnant, my biggest fear was having to go into hospital to give birth. Hospitals gave me fierce anxiety as my pastexperiences of them had always been negative. I wasn'tconvinced that hospital was my only option, so I took to Dr Google...

Creative childbirth education with a toddler

“Erika helped prepare us for the birth of our son in a very short period of time, and with our 3 year old ‘helping out’ with costumes too!! This delightful couple were happy to have their daughter join in on some birth preparations massage techniques I was showing the...

Miranda’s vaginal birth after a caesarean

Not only were Erika's teachings and advice a useful tool during labour and birth, I was able to apply a lot of them to my life in general (as well as the relationship with my husband and son), and it allowed me to enjoy my little family and appreciate what I had all...

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