Meet Erika and the team
Birthready helps empower and enable people to create their best transition into life as a parent. To do that well I work with a team of allied health professionals for peer support, collaboration, learning, referrals and as a back up when needed.
They are a passionate team of women with a mix of skills to support their practice. Eg: Birth educators, yoga instructors, dancing for birth facilitators, massage, life coaching, relationship wellness, placenta encapsulation and post natal doula. They have my back as I have yours!
The benefits of working with my team are:
- Having a doula who has agreed and is committed to the Birthready code of ethics
- Having a central place to find a qualified doula who suits your needs
- Getting support and assistance if you have any grievances with your doula
- Having the peace of mind of a professionally managed backup doula system
- Working with a reputable doula with cross checked testimonials & and a positive working history
- Partnering with women who care to create a sustainable and ecological business model
The Birthready team are a reliable, caring and empowering group of women. Talk to me and explore your support options.
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 400 births over 20 years as a doula she has supported hundreds of women and men 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 more confidently 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.
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.
Aladdin is a professional counsellor, facilitator, supervisor and adult educator with over 15 years experience in working with families and with men. He is a father of two teenage daughters and is an active co-parent. Aladdin worked for 7 years as a family therapist with children and parents particularly in the area of childhood trauma and family violence.
He has worked as psychotherapist, counsellor and groupwork facilitator with men (ongoing), youth worker, men’s health, prevention of family violence and gender equality. He is a member of the Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium, Australian Counsellors Association (ACA) and Victorian Association Restorative Justice (VARJ). He is a teacher, nationally and internationally, training quality skilled therapists with the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy Institute.
Aladdin holds a masters in education with a research focus on transformative education & ecopsychology. He currently has a private practice in Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. He has recently initiated an inter-generational group based in the Yarra Valley called: Sharing Worlds: Sharing stories of fatherhood – this provides celebration and support for new and expectant fathers, as well as supporting eldership for grandfathers and great-grandfathers.
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.
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’.
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.
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