Referrals

We must learn to ask for help from that place of conviction inside ourselves which absolutely knows that we, and the job we are doing, are worthy.
– Wendy LeBlanc

We are very fortunate in Canberra to have many dedicated and passionate people and services who support expecting couples and new families.

The below list is a work in progress. It is not a full and comprehensive list of services and providers in the Canberra region. If you would like to share a recommendation for a service or provider please contact me so they can be added to the list.

Please note, while I take care to review the services added, I do not take responsibility for the quality of these providers. I encourage you to undertake due research and make your own assessment as to whether these providers and their services are right for you and your family at this time.

Birth Doulas

♡ Birth By Amey – Amey is a qualified doula and certified birth photographer, specialising in VBAC education and support as well as helping birthing people to find their ‘no’.

♡ Catherine Bell is The Birth Cartographer and author of The Birth Map: boldly going where no birth plan has gone before.  She supports pregnant women and their partners to create Birth Maps so that they can navigate the maternity landscape with confidence.  She also provides Birth Cartography training to doulas, midwives and obstetricians who wish to support parents to make the transition into parenthood feeling informed, supported and confident. The free Member Area on bellabirth.org provides a wealth of information and support, and an  alternative to social media groups: Without advertising, data mining and trolls. The Birth Map is available here.

Postpartum Doulas

 Peaceful Postnatal – Antonia is a postpartum doula providing educational workshops for expecting parents, unique mother’s circles and personalised home support services.

 Sleep Love Grow – Jen is a midwife and postpartum doula providing postnatal, parenting and sleep consultations and support for new parents.

 The Flying Doula Service – Looking for intensive (full-time) practical and emotional support for 2-6 weeks after your baby is born? Kate of the The Flying Doula Service travels to you anywhere in Australia, so that this newborn time can be full of joy, peace and a gentle transformation into motherhood.

 Independent Midwives and Lactation Consultants

 Marli Midwifery – Monica is a private midwife providing individualised pregnancy planning, antenatal care, postnatal support and lactation support for women in the ACT and surrounds.

Charlene Samways provides home based lactation support to help new mothers gain knowledge and confidence in breastfeeding their baby.

Birth Photographers

 Birth By Amey – Amey is a qualified doula and certified birth photographer, specialising in VBAC education and support as well as helping birthing people to find their ‘no’.

Childcare Centres

 Ducklings Early Learning Centre, Charnwood and Little Penguins Early Learning Centre, Higgins offer an individual experience for you and your child.  With their curriculum grounded in the Early Years Learning Framework and inspired by Reggio Emilia & RIE approaches, each child is offered an environment which will foster their creativity, self-confidence and ensure a meaningful, valuable early childhood education experience.

 YMCA Holt Early Learning Centre encourages and values learning through interrelationships, interdependence, peer scaffolding, family and mixed age interactions influenced by play-based theories such as Reggio Emilia, Emmi Pikler, Magda Gerber and Claire Warden. The National Quality Framework, National Quality Standards, Early Years Learning Framework, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ECA Code of Ethics and YMCA Canberra drive the quality, consistency, reflection and future planning of the education and care at YMCA Holt ELC.

Playgroups

 Kippax Kids Playgroups provide a variety of playgroups across most week days for members of the community with children between 0-5 years of age. They also run a Koori Playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their parents/carers and a Blokes Playgroup, run by men for dads, grandads, uncles, stepdads and their children during school terms. Contact Elena on 6254 1733.

Retail

Carlee Children’s Wear – For the past 23 years, Carolyn’s shop in Gold Creek has provided beautiful clothing and gifts for babies and children 0-12 years. Specialty products include premature babywear, christening outfits and gifts as well as communion and confirmation gifts. Carlee Children’s Wear also has a baby change table available for use at any time.

 Lellow Kids – Located in Braddon and owned by a local mum, Loretta, this beautiful children’s boutique provides  quality children’s wear that is both fashionable and functional as well as toys, décor and gifts.

Motherly Instincts – Samantha’s store, located in Niche Markets Fyshwick, offers new and expecting mothers comfortable, versatile and stylish maternity and nursing wear at affordable prices. Her range includes clothes for all occasions; casual, work wear, swim wear and undergarments. Samantha also offers maternity formal wear for purchase or hire.

 Indoor Playgrounds

Lets Play – Located in Nicholls, Lets Play provides an indoor, air conditioned space for children to let loose. They have three separate areas – babies, 0-4 years and a general play space with jumping castles, ball pit and many slides. They also host parties in their themed rooms.

Funland – Located in Mitchell, Funland is an exciting indoor play centre providing modern, safe, imaginative and engaging play experiences to suit children of all ages. Great for winter or rainy days, they also provide special activities during weekdays in school terms. Funland have a number of themed rooms and are able to help take the stress out of hosting children’s birthday parties or functions.

Swim Schools

Kingswim Macgregor specialise in teaching kids the life skills of swimming and being safe around water. They offer classes for children from 12 weeks of age right up to advanced swimmers. They also offer casual and ongoing aquacise classes for people (including but not limited to pregnant women, the elderly, people recovering from an injury, or those who are new to exercise) wanting a low impact and enjoyable exercise class.

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Childbirth Education

♡ Calmbirth Canberra – Tracey and her team provide evidence based birth education classes to help women and their partners change their stress response and prepare for labour and birth, making it more manageable and enjoyable.

♡ New Beginnings Birth – Lindsay is a doula and childbirth educator who specialises in teaching HypnoBirthing® in small group and private settings. Lindsay also holds free information sessions on how to you can achieve a gentle and empowered birth once a month.

 Yoga for Birth and Beyond – Julia is a childbirth educator and yoga teacher with 20 years experience and teaches pre and post natal yoga as well as Birthing Together workshops for couples.  Her classes include mindful yoga, positive mindset as well as birthing and parenting skills.  

Parenting Courses

Transform Parenting – Tracey and her team provide parenting education programs and mother’s circles that put the focus on YOU, the parent, and enable you to learn a variety of skills to support your transition to parenting.

Online Courses

How To Create Space in Motherhood for Your Dreams* – An online mini-course for mothers who want to finally go back to study, write that book, create that course, start that business, step into leadership and (in whatever way works for you!) change the world!!! Your dreams are important too, but many mothers find years and even decades go past with their hopes and dreams always last on a very long list.

The course includes lifetime access so you can complete it in your own time and return to it whenever you need to. It will show you how to:

– Clarify Your Dreams and Get Inspired To Take Action (however small!)
– Change The Way You Think About Your Time and Your Money
– Overcome Mother Guilt and Open Your Mind to a More Fulfilling Life
– Create Better Systems and Solutions For Housework and Childcare
– Build Your 21st Century Village So You Have All The Support You Need

Mental Health

♡ Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information (PANDSI) – PANDSI provide evidence based, innovative early intervention support and information to help Canberran families understand their perinatal mental health, normalise their experiences and build resilience. PANDSI supports everyone affected by perinatal depression (mums, dads and families) through telephone support and a range of support groups. They can also be contacted on 02 6288 1936.

Yoga

 YogaNatal – Vedanta provides pre and post natal yoga classes including postures, relaxation, breathing and meditation. Her classes address the mind/body connection and its role in having a positive birth experience, however your birth unfolds. 

 Yoga for Birth and Beyond – Julia is a childbirth educator and yoga teacher with 20 years experience and teaches pre and post natal yoga as well as Birthing Together workshops for couples.  Her classes include mindful yoga, positive mindset as well as birthing and parenting skills.  

Yoga Mums Fitness – Located in Crace, Sharn offers a range of Pregnancy Yoga, Mums and Bubs Yoga and Postnatal Yoga Flow classes that focus on stability and comfort in your body during pregnancy, and rebuilding your core muscles and overall strength post birth. Her classes are a great way to stay calm and balanced in what can be a tiring time, as well as connecting with your baby and other new Mums and Mums to be. Her Postnatal Yoga Flow classes are for Mums only to recharge and enjoy some ‘pure me’ time!

Physiotherapy

Hawker Place Physiotherapy & Pilates have physiotherapists with specialised training in women’s health, including bladder or bowel dysfunction (such as stress urinary incontinence, urgency, overactive bladder, constipation and faecal incontinence), pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation and pelvic pain including sexual pain. They provide services in a safe and friendly environment to clients in Canberra and its surrounding regions. 

Osteopathy

North Canberra Osteopathy – Located in Hackett, the team provide osteopathy and remedial massage services for a wide variety of patients. Dr Lauren Bowman (D.O) has an interest in promoting and treating women’s health. From acute or chronic conditions to birthing and beyond (including posture, period pain, endometriosis, pre and post-natal periods, post-surgery, gut health issues and pelvic floor dysfunction). Dr Anna Walton (D.O) treats children and paediatrics; some common conditions she will assist with include breast feeding and feeding difficulties, plagiocephaly, and colic. Osteopath’s also assist in many musculoskeletal complaints and conditions such as sporting injuries, back and neck pain, headaches, and scoliosis.

Personal Training

Playground Training – Alicia provides personalised and small group training tailored to your individual needs. Her kangatraining program is a safe, low impact exercise for postnatal women that incorporates cardio, strength training and abdominal and pelvic restrengthening and best of all, allows mother and baby to exercise together!

Nutrition

Functional Health Canberra – As an accredited Functional Nutrition Consultant and a Clinical EFT Practitioner, Melissa uses a holistic approach through diet, exercise and emotional freedom techniques to educate and inspire others to live an optimal healthy life. She believes in nourishing your body with delicious nutrient dense, whole foods and uses a science-based approach to assist clients to enhance their athletic performance, improve physical and mental health, including during pregnancy and postpartum, and make positive, life long changes without fads, restrictive or low calorie diets.

Hotlines and Support

 Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) – ABA supports and encourages women who want to breastfeed or provide breast milk for their babies, and advocates to raise community awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and human milk to child and maternal health. Services include membership for both mothers and health professionals, a 24-hour Breastfeeding Helpline (1800 686 268), an informative website, local support groups, antenatal education classes and numerous print and digital resources. 

 Beyond Blue – Pregnancy and New Parents – Beyond Blue provide information and support for new and expectant parents, covering everything from bonding with your baby to spotting the signs of anxiety and depression. They also provide online support (3pm-12am/7days a week, online forums (24/7), email support, and a 24/7 phone hotline, 1300 22 4636.

How is Dad Going? – A PANDA site dedicated to emotional and mental health information and support for new and expecting dads.

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Their website has a large information resources base, and they also provide a confidential crisis support line, 13 11 14, available 24/7, and an online crisis support chat service, available 7.00pm – midnight (AEST) 7 days a week.

Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support (SANDS) – SANDS operate across Australia providing support, information and education for anyone affected by the death of a baby; working to improve the care bereaved parents receive by healthcare professionals and breaking the silence and taboo of baby death in today’s society. They have a 24/7 National Support Line 1300 072 637 as well as a Men’s support line.

 Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) – PANDA provide support for women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. They operate a National Helpline (1300 726 306) from Mon-Fri 9am – 7.30pm AEST/AEDT).  

The Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) is a not-for-profit organisation providing support for pregnant couples and new parents dealing with emotional challenges and mental health issues. They are devoted to reducing the impacts of emotional and mental health problems in the pre and postnatal periods and their website provides a range of information based on the latest research and National Clinical Practice Guidelines.

♡ The Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation supporting the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care. They are able to provide resources including brochures, books, DVDs, presentations and offer video counselling services. A referral from your GP is required to use the service. 

Restaurants/Cafes

 Adore Tea – Located in Federation Square, Gold Creek, Adore Tea has an award winning menu of tea infused food and drinks freshly handcrafted just for you. Adore Tea also has a large selection of over 200 different teas on offer. With their large outdoor dining space and kids play area the tea house is perfect for mother’s groups and kid friendly catch ups.