Meet Erika and the team
Our Mission & Strategy
Birthready helps empower and enable people to create their best transition into life as a parent.
We care about your personal and profession fulfilment and success in your pregnancy, birth and parenting journey.
With experienced life coaching, education and birth support, a working partnership is developed through the dynamic programs we offer.
This partnership is enabled through phone contact, face to face meetings, skype, social media and easy access information and resources.
We aim to :
- Uphold continuity of care for current and returning clients
- Promote informed decision making in health and wellbeing for individuals, companies, expectant parents and their support networks.
- Support the natural birth process where ever possible and reduce the need for interventions
- Promote a healthy work/home life with balance
- Reduce pregnancy and other related discrimination in the workplace.
- Be a resource and contact point for complimenting services and support.
The Birthready team are a reliable, caring and empowering group of women. Talk to Erika and explore your support options.
// Doula / Educator / Coach / Facilitator
Erika Munton is the owner and director of Birthready and its support programs. She is one of the most experienced birth workers in Melbourne today, attending over 300 births as a doula and supporting hundreds more through the perinatal time.
Her inspiring positivity, boundless energy and wealth of knowledge help to guide, educate and inspire people to achieve empowering births and transition smoothly into life as parents. She is a volunteer at Birth for HumanKIND and works with people from a diverse range of cultures, lifestyles, family dynamics and values. She is passionate about increasing expectant parents confidence and ability for better birthing, deepening their connection to each other and helping people create positive changes in their personal, professional and parenting life.
Erika is a mother of 2 now young men and personally experienced both labour with a breech baby resulting in a caesarean birth, her second a water birth, at a free standing birth centre with one-to-one midwifery care. Her birth journeys allow her to understand the intricacy of birth, specifically VBAC, and motivate her to continually learn more.
// Midwife, Sexological Bodyworker and mindfulness facilitator
Jo is a private midwife of 18 years experience and work in hospital and the home. She offer holistic midwifery care through pregnancy, birth and post natally. Her midwifery care includes midwifery bodywork, somatic movement, sexual empowerment and consent tools. She runs Thrive for post natal mothers and facilitates a mindfulness meditation for expectant mothers.
Birth and parenting is a rite of passage and she sees her role is to be a witness, companion and facilitator during this significant life transition.
Bethany has many years experience working in the home environment of new parents and growing families, both in Australia and abroad. She has built the confidence of many new mums with her ability to sit and listen whilst gently guiding women to trust their natural mothering instincts. She supports women in all birth setting and for all birth options. More recently supporting women to VBAC. Bethany’s joy radiates as she shares her knowledge of birth hypnosis, deep relaxation and mindfulness with her birthing couples to achieve a more connected and positive birth experience.
‘I am thankful for my corporate background. The years of experience have put me in a great position to help drive Birthworks forward, and enabled me to travel much of the world with my husband of 12 years to some 30+ countries. However; birth, babies, and motherhood inspires me most, it simply fills me up. I feel deeply connected to birth and am excited by my recent discovery of reiki & meditation and hope to share this energy with women soon’.
Stephanie is a doula, infant massage practitioner and a mother, who has been supporting women and their families for over a decade. With a background in massage and alternative therapies, she has a wealth of experience working with people in the areas of physical/emotional health and well-being. Stephanie has a strong commitment to supporting women during this incredible, transformative stage of their lives, assisting early bonding between mother and baby, and helping them to feel confident and capable in their parenting.
Stephanie’s personal and professional experiences have enriched her understanding and insights, and are what facilitates her calm presence in the birth space and the balanced and intuitive style with which she works… With an ongoing commitment to further training and development, and with her experience and training in prenatal, postnatal and infant massage, Stephanie is able to provide a comprehensive range of support services to women and their families throughout the entire pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.
Claire Wyborn is a Melbourne Doula providing memorable, fulfilling and rewarding experience for both Parents, supporting the mother, to trust in herself, in her bodies ability to give birth, and in the birth process itself. Claire is a mother of 3 beautiful, now adult children, and is passionate about empowering women through the experience of childbirth to becoming a mother. She has personally experienced 2 incredible, amazing wonderful home births, sadly, a still born, and by choice a hospital birth, resulting in a cesarean.