Melbourne Doula

Welcome to 'Melbourne Doula', the place where I share what birth work is teaching is me, and what I am learning from the wonderful families who have invited me to share this most special season of their lives. Here you will find information about me and the doula services I provide, birth stories from remarkable women and their loved ones, as well as all kinds of resources to enrich your own journey of discovery. And welcome also to BLISSFUL HERBS, the home of beautiful herbal teas and bath herbs to support wellness through every season of life.

Doula Services

On 11 December 2010 our 4th baby was born. His name is Rory and he was born at home in our birth pool, surrounded by his family including three big sisters. We're so blessed to have him!


During 2014, I am available only to attend homebirths within an hour's drive of my home in Warburton. So if you are planning a local-area homebirth, please do contact me.

If you are seeking birth support further afield, for your planned home, birth centre or hospital birth, please scroll down the right-hand side column to find "Seeking a Midwife" and "Seeking a Doula". These private midwives and doulas are wonderful women who are an asset to your birth team. I suggest you chat with several and choose the person you feel most comfortable with.

Please feel free to email  or phone me if you are having any problems finding someone to support you through your pregnancy, birth and post-natal time. I have an email list of midwives and doulas who I recommend and who are available to take clients.

I would also like to introduce to you my new venture:

Blissful Herbs - nurturing herbs for body & soul.

This is a range of herbal bath sachets and herbal teas to add nurture and specialness to every phase of a woman's life cycle, from menarche to the child-bearing years to menopause.

The Post Natal Bliss bath herbs are especially awesome, I used them myself after Rory's birth, they speed the healing, feel so good and smell divine.



Please come and browse!



Also on this site are all kinds of articles and links to inform and support your child-bearing journey, which are free for you to access, print out, and share.

You can find me on Facebook here and here

Details about my doula services here

What does a doula actually do?

Here one of my clients answers the question


List of Blissful Herbs products

Blissful Herbs Facebook Page here

Pregnancy
Mum's Tum herbal tea
Pregnancy Bliss herbal tea
Pregnant Mama Bliss bath herbs
Birth Vibes tea
GD Support tea - to help support healthy blood sugar levels during pregnancy
PIH Support tea - to help support healthy blood pressure during pregnancy
Blessingway Bliss footbath petals

Birth
Birthing Bliss tea
After Birth tea
No Bleed tea

Here is a montage of photos of mothers and babies enjoying their Post Natal Bliss herbal bath:
Post Partum
Post Natal Bliss bath & compress herbs
Pretty Petals to scatter on top of the herbal bath water
Babymoon Bliss tea
Baby Blues tea
Breastfeeding Bliss galactagogue tea
Sore Nipple Bliss topical herbs
Mastitis Blitz tea and compress herbs
Lotus Birth herbs - for the care of the Lotus Birth placenta
PPH Recovery tea
Mother's Milk bath soak - to support relaxation, oxytocin and milk flow

Mother Blessing Gift Packs - choose from $35, $50 and $65 kits

Birth Worker Kit $40 - everything you need for your client's birth:
* 100g Post Natal Bliss bath herbs & muslin bag
* 1 x Peri-Cleanse bottle
* 25g Birthing Bliss tea
* 15g After Birth Bliss tea
* 15g No Bleed tea
* 25g Babymoon Bliss tea
* 50g Breastfeeding Bliss tea

Little Ones
Lullaby Bliss tea and bath herbs
Nappy Rash Blitz bath and topical herbs
Eczema Bliss bath and topical herbs
Soothe-a-fever bath herbs


Pre Conception
TTC Bliss tea
Virilitea for men
TTC/PCOS Support tea

Pregnancy Loss
Pregnancy Loss Solace tea
The Carys Blend
Womb Love tea
Rest & Heal bath herbs

Moon Cycle
Moon Cycle Bliss tea
Moon Cycle Bliss PMS-ease tea
Moon Cycle Bliss Bleed-ease tea
Moon Cycle Bliss Cramp-ease tea
Moon Cycle Bliss bath herbs
Balanced Woman tea
Change of Life tea

Family well being
Cold & Flu Blitz tea
Immunity Bliss tea
Headache-ease tea
Hayfever Blitz tea
Tummy Bliss tea
Triple H tea - support for hiatus hernia and heartburn
Joint-ease tea and bath herbs
Sleepytime Bliss tea
Heavenly Peace Sleep Sachet in embroidered cotton bag
Eczema Blitz topical herbs
Skin Bliss tea
Acne Blitz topical herbs
Herbal Hair rinse
Balanced Weight herbal tea
Liver Tonic tea
Urinary Tract Support tea
Mellow Mood / Mellow Mama relaxation bath herbs
Haemorrhoid Blitz topical herbs
Candida Blitz tea and bath herbs
VV-ease - relief for variscose veins, including vulval.
Chillblain support tea and topical herbs
Lover's Bliss - with herbs reputed for their aphrodisiac virtues
Fit & Well herbal tea - rich in anti-oxidants to support optimal health

Recovery
Healing Bliss tea
Anti-oxidant tea
Vitalitea

Strength and calm
Serenitea
Stress Less tea
Mood Lift tea
Energy Lift tea
Mood/Energy Lift tea
Brain Power tea
ADHD Support tea
Centred Mama Bliss tea - to gently ease feelings of stress & anxiety

For the bliss of tea
Mint Bliss
Citrus Bliss
Lemon & Ginger Bliss
Festive Chai
Blissful Chai
Aniseed Bliss
Spice of Life Culinary herbs - a delicious multi-purpose blend for the kitchen with 100% Australian Certified Organic herbs including Basil, Caraway, Cumin, Parsley, Oregano, Himalayan Pink Salt, Sage and Thyme.

Accessories
Bamboo strainer $8.00
Bamboo long-handled spoon $2.50
Re-usable beaded muslin tea bag $5.00
Henna kits and supplies
Pkt of 20 paper filter tea bags $2.00
Cotton draw-string gift bag $3.50
Carys Mother Blessing Cards $4.50
Cleansing bottle $2.50
Muslin draw-string bath bags - small $1.00 / large $1.50
Soothing Salve - 15ml/$5.00; 30ml/$9.50 and 60ml/$16.50
Sassy Soap - all natural soap $5.50 each



More details on all our products here

Getting the best from your herbal teas

 
 
Click here for Sales, News and Specials

Sales, News and Specials

Hello beautiful customers!

This month we have the following specials for you:

*** NEW!***
 

A gorgeous smelling, nourishing bath blend to support relaxation and promote an abundant milk supply. Perfect for taking your baby in the bath with you for more skin-to-skin cuddles. With Steel-cut oats, Brewer's Yeast, Fenugreek, Star Anise, Fennel, Marshmallow, Lavender, Rose Petals, Rosebuds, Tangelos, Lemons and Tamarilloes. This blend is so fun and pretty you might wish to empty the muslin bath bag just for the fun of seeing the colourful petals and dried fruit pieces in the water.


Mother's Milk Bliss Bath 100g sachet = 15.00

Sassy Soap is in the house! Beautiful olive oil-based soaps with no palm oil, using only natural ingredients. We have 6 gorgeous kinds for you to choose from. $5.50 each.

Lavender

Blue Moon
Cottage Garden
Lentil & Poppy
Somewhere

Rainbow

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A FREE packet of "Pretty Petals" to scatter on your bath water, with every 150g Post Natal Bliss Peri-care Kit. This kit is $29.50 as comes with a free muslin bath bag and peri-cleanse bottle as well as your free "Pretty Petals".
(That's $32.00 value for $29.50)


Pink rose buds, red rose petals, purple blue mallow, yellow calendula - just gorgeous. This is lovely for the herbal bath newborn photo shoot or anytime some extra colour, fragrance and luxury is called for.

 
25g Pretty Petals = $5.00
 
This peri-cleanse bottle is $2.50 but you get it free with your 150g Post Natal Bliss Peri-care Kit ($29.50)


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The 30 ml jar is $9.50 and the 60 ml jar is $16.50 but this month we have this offer for you: the 30 ml jar for $9.00 and the 60 ml jar for $15.00 when you add Soothing Salve to any order over $20.00
 
 
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Also this month, something new:
Soothing Salve for sore joints and muscles
This is made with hemp oil and turmeric-infused olive oil.
30 ml = $9.50 and 60 ml = $16.50

(This is a variation on the original Soothing Salve which is wonderful for post natal healing, baby's bum and general family first aid.)

If you would like to place an order, email me on blissfulherbs@bigpond.com with your postal address.

NEW!
We now have organic Stevia Leaf, which is a natural sweetener that is very nutritious too. If you would like a small amount added to sweeten your tea, just let me know.

 

Blissful Herbs' Soothing Salve


"It's worth its weight in gold, that stuff." - Ryan
This lovely new product is made from gentle, natural ingredients sourced from home-grown, home-run businesses just like Blissful Herbs. Not only are the ingredients healthy for body and planet, but I'm so pleased to be able to support other WAHP and local businesses, through using their quality ingredients in the Soothing Salve.

Now about the Soothing Salve!

First, a picture:

30 ml jar and 60 ml jar. (We don't have aluminium lids anymore - all our jars have the black plastic lids now.)
 
At present, we have a 60 ml jar for $16.50
a 30 ml jar for $9.50
and a 15 ml lip-balm sized jar for $5.00
 

The Soothing Salve is ideal to use to support healing of the perineum after childbirth, perfect for small tears, grazes, “skid marks” etc.
It's a great thing to have in the birthing woman's 'birth kit', along with the Post Natal Bliss healing bath herbs, for a fantastic post natal healing regime.

It is also perfect for using during nappy changes. It makes meconium so easy to wipe away, it moisturises the skin and helps prevent nappy rash.

It can also be used for general family first aid, for minor skin problems like cuts, scrapes, grazes, itchy bites, rashes and mild eczema.

Ingredients:

Herb-infused Olive Oil (Lavender, Calendula, Comfrey, Rosemary, Sage & Thyme), Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Rosehip Oil, Damasque Rose Absolute & Goldenseal.
Just a note: Goldenseal is a fantastic healer but it is not advised for use with young babies. Now there's only a small amount of Goldenseal in the Soothing Salve, but in order to have the widest margin of safety, I would not suggest using the Soothing Salve on sore nipples, unless you plan to wash it off with a few drops of breastmilk prior to breastfeeding. So just use your own maternal nouse about that.

Try the Soothing Salve for sensitive skin if you wish to use on sore nipples - it contains no goldenseal or essential oils.
To order: email blissfulherbs@bigpond.com with your postal address.
Postage & Packaging is $8.00 and that stays the same up to a 500g gross weight package. So, if there's any herbs you need, might as well include them in your order when you purchase your Soothing Salve, to make the most of the postage.

Disclaimer: This information is of a general nature and does not constitute medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Any medical condition should be referred to your health care practitioner. Check with your health care practitioner before commencing to use any herbal preparation.
Feedback from testers:

Ahh... Blissful Herbs Soothing Salve, I haven’t even finished my jar and I’m in love. I could smell it the second I opened my latest package from Blissful Herbs, and immediately tried it as a lip balm. Since then it has been a treatment for eczema, nappy rash, mozzie bites, and a 4-year-old’s bruised ego, and has treated all with amazing success!

The texture is lovely, and soaks in quickly, leaving soft skin and a yummy fragrance, that even my super-sensitive husband didn’t turn his nose up at! If a little hard on colder days, it warms up quickly with body heat and doesn’t leave a greasy layer. 


 Eczema is much improved almost immediately as the dry skin is remedied on application, my skin just drinks up the salve, and with consistent, longer term use my skin should heal properly. Mild nappy rashes are visibly improved within a couple of hours and gone within a day, not to mention the gentle herbal fragrance from the salve is a pleasant surprise on opening a worn nappy! I’m loving it as a lip balm too, a thin layer soothes chapped lips quickly, and lasts for ages, and doesn’t transfer to glasses or affect the taste of my food.

Knowing it’s all natural is wonderful with two busy boys under 5, who ‘need’ to have cream on every bumped knee, and while I would previously say no to (chemical) cream unless there was a ‘real’ injury, the Soothing Salve is a lovely option to let them have their bumps treated every time, without worrying about what else is going into their skin.

Feels great, smells great, and works great! Can’t recommend it enough!
- Miranda



Louise said it worked even better than aloe vera for her sunburn.

 
This photo is from a woman who had chemical burns a couple of years ago and since then had ongoing dermatitis which caused severe pains in her hands. She tried everything from over the counter lotions and creams to steroids with little if any relief.
She used the Soothing Salve for not even a month and these are the results:



This is what she had to say:
"It's all gone except for my left pinky, which has always been the worst. I keep that Soothing Salve in my bag and I take it everywhere. It's amazing! Thank you!"

And thank you for sending in these pics and allowing me to share them.


*** NEW ***
 
Now we have a couple of variation on the original Soothing Salve:
 
Soothing Salve - for sore joints and muscles - with herb-infused olive oil (lavender, rosemary, sage & comfrey), hemp oil & beeswax.
 
Hemp oil contains natural anti-inflammatory effects that make this oil helpful for people with conditions causing them to experience joint pain and stiffness. Hemp oil is also considered to be helpful for dry skin, eczema, skin rashes and dermatitis.
 
and
 
Soothing Salve - for sensitive skin - with herb infused olive oil (calendula & oatstraw), rosehip oil and beeswax - no essential oils. This is ideal for children with very sensitive skin and also for use during breastfeeding for sore or cracked nipples.

and

Soothing Salve with Turmeric - made with organic Turmeric root. This is wonderful for sore joints, arthritis etc because Turmeric has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also active against staphylococcus aureas. It's helpful for acne and cold sores. This variation also has the hemp oil in it. And also a touch of Lavender essential oil from  wonderful Lavender farm in Bright - so it smells delightful. So you can choose between just hemp oil - or hemp oil and Turmeric - and decide which works best for skin problems and the sore, achy joints that come with arthritic & rheumatoid conditions. To add to the fun, this salve will turn your skin slightly yellow - temporarily!
 

15 ml jar, 30 ml jar and 60 ml jar