My name is Amélie (you might know the French film?) which comes from the root word ‘Amal’ that means energy and effort.
I am 35 years old and have been living in Sydney, Australia for 6 years now. I was born and grew up in France, raised by a South African mom and French dad. With these two different backgrounds, I grew up in a melting pot of cultures and love the diversity of people’s ideas, cultures and opinions.
I am passionate about sustainability, reducing waste and healthy, seasonal and organic foods and truly believe we can all make a difference, one small action at a time!
I became a Doula and Prenatal Yoga Teacher because I want to “be the change I wish to see in the world”. I am passionate about Womanhood and believe Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting is a gateway for women (and those who identify as) to access a higher level of consciousness and awareness and by supporting that growth, you can truly change society. I want to support children entering the world too. As French OB Michel Odent says “To change the world, we must first change the way babies are being born.” It is a deep honour to be able to share this powerful and intimate time and witness the sacredness of birth.
Coming back home
After a decade working in sport marketing, and living a rat’s life in busy Paris, I discovered Buddhism and Yoga and flipped my world on its head.. It felt like I was finally “back home”, in tune with my Dharma, my life’s purpose and connecting to my childhood dream of making the world a better place!
Yoga & MEDITATION
I started studying Buddhism in 2014 with my beloved teacher Dharmagatu, at the Sydney Buddhist Centre where I also launched a free community yoga class open to all on Sunday mornings.
I completed my first 200h yoga training with Sukha Mukha Studio in Bronte and rapidly decided to focus on inclusive yoga, offering a diverse, body positive, non-dogmatic, nurturing and encouraging environment and making yoga accessible to all.
I completed my Level 1 Yin Yoga Training with Bondi TCM practitioner Truth Robinson (we hold postures longer in Yin, working with the connective tissues and fascia).
I teach regular group classes in studios (currently Studio Arise in Chatswood) and with private students but also volunteer in the community whenever I can.
I have studied Nutrition, Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) and Ayurveda that is the traditional Hindu system of medicine which is based on the idea that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit and uses food, herbs and spices as well as everyday practices & routines. I integrate this knowledge globally in my practice as a Yoga teacher and a Doula.
When the Australian Doula College (ADC) launched a face-to-face training with its founder Renee Adair in conjunction with the renowned Jivamukti and Prenatal Yoga teacher, Katie Manitsas, I jumped on the occasion. For the first time in Australia, it offered the combination of a full Doula Certification with a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. The ADC offers the most comprehensive, only peer-reviewed Doula Training in Australia, that is also now government accredited, a first worldwide!
In the last 2 years, I started a more ‘social’ Doula role, with the ADC’s Groundwork Program which works in collaboration with Family and Community Services NSW, offering individualised home education and support service to families. Our target group is at-risk parents up to the age of 25 years old, pregnant or parenting a baby/child up to the age of 2 years old. Click HERE for more information on the initiative. It has been an incredibly humbling and life-changing experience to work with these vulnerable families.
Also, after assisting Nadine Richardson on several SheBirths® childbirth education courses and being part of their list of recommended Doulas, I got the amazing opportunity to work directly with the SheBirths® team as the Doula Program Coordinator. I help match expectant families with our incredible team of expert doulas.
I started a new volunteer role as the social media coordinator for the not-for-profit organisation Homebirth NSW, supporting homebirth families and increasing access to homebirth services in New South Wales.
Continuous education is key as a Doula and I have been lucky enough to be able to attend several incredible workshops with worldwide birth keepers:
I attended an incredible workshop with Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Director of the award-winning documentary “Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret” which is NOT about getting an orgasm during birth haha but explores the intimate, sensorial and sacred nature of birth!
I went to the legendary Jane Hardwicke-Collings for her Shamanic Pregnancy and Birth Workshop (School of Shamanic Womancraft) to bring back the focus on honouring this transformative rite of passage in a woman’s life.
I attended a Rebozo, Acupressure and Aromatherapy Masterclass with the ADC founder Renee Adair to add more tools to my birthing bag.
In 2019, I also took up a new challenge, going back to school to study a Counselling Diploma with the AIPC (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors), specialising to become a perinatal counsellor.