LGBTQI+ Families in Birth

I support LGBTQI+ Families in Birth as well as families with diverse backgrounds and stories by providing a compassionate, respectful and culturally appropriate care to all my clients. My focus is to provide a safe, responsive and affirming experience for all expectant parents, partners or single/solo parents. I truly believe that no expectant parent should ever birth alone and no one should ever be judged or receive any less care because of ethnicity, religion, age, gender or personal situation.

It is recognised that same-sex couples have additional stressors in becoming parents and in the early parenting journey. Mainstream birth support and hospital policies can present challenges for prospective LGBTIQA+ parents so I will offer my help to navigate the healthcare system so you can be informed of your choices and options.

  • Support during fertility treatments
  • Support through pregnancy and during labour.
  • Find specific resources and information about co-feeding, donor milk, health book & medicare after surrogacy, Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB), …
  • all the newborn essentials once your baby is born like bottle feeding, bathing, changing, swaddling, settling, …

I work hard at incorporating inclusive language every day throughout my practice and my website but have still lots to learn so feel free to jump in and let me know if something needs improvement. Your feedback is invaluable to progress in the right direction.

I am a proud member of the WELCOME HERE project – where LGBTIQ diversity is celebrated. The Welcome Here Project supports businesses/organisations throughout Australia to create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities. #FollowTheRainbow #ACONWelcomeHere

RESOURCES :
  • The Rainbow Families antenatal class is an LGBTIQA+ focused, inclusive, parenting education class. These are organised by Rainbow Families since 2017. More info HERE.
  • The Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB) provides breastmilk to parents who – for whatever reason – cannot provide their own. More info HERE.
  • The Centre for Perinatal Psychology offers the support of psychologists for same-sex parenting. More info HERE.
  • Discover the very informative (and free!) Rainbow Families Resource Kit written by Jac Tomlins. More info HERE.

She coached me through one of the most challenging moments of my life.

In the end my labour didn’t progress and I ended up having to have a C-Section, an outcome I had not prepared for. Amélie gave us a crash course on what to expect and told us of all the questions we could ask the OB ensuring we were advocating for ourselves. Because of Amélie’s great advice we ended up having a beautiful C-section experience. Read more “She coached me through one of the most challenging moments of my life.”

Justina Gill and Philip Kean, Beecroft Pregnancy & Labour Support
Pregnancy & Labour Support

Résultat, un accouchement génial!

Beaucoup de douceur, d’énergie, d’empathie et surtout énormément de connaissances sur le avant/pendant/après qui nous ont été super utiles pour nous préparer à accueillir notre bébé du mieux qu’il soit. Read more “Résultat, un accouchement génial!”

Elodie & Seb, Dee-Why. Pregnancy & Labour Support
Pregnancy & Labour Support

her softness, her energy and her deep knowledge made me feel very safe

This second birth was a planned homebirth and I had a quick labour. Amélie held the space for us, with her feminine, uplifting, nurturing and reassuring presence. Her softness, her energy and her deep knowledge made me feel very safe. Read more “her softness, her energy and her deep knowledge made me feel very safe”

Emmanuelle David, Bondi Pregnancy & Labour Support
Pregnancy & Labour Support

she knew exactly when to get involved and when to leave us to it

Amelie’s presence was totally invaluable. I don’t think my labour would have been so successful if she wasn’t there. She knew exactly when to get involved and when to leave us to it […] She was the one person who stayed with us throughout the entire labour while midwifes changed shifts. Read more “she knew exactly when to get involved and when to leave us to it”

Ana Joselyn De Aguiar, Mascot
Pregnancy & Labour Support

such an integral part of our birth plan

I never thought having Amelie as our doula was going to be such an integral part of our birth plan. She was there with us every step of the way and as a new father she supported me effortlessly… Read more “such an integral part of our birth plan”

Henk (dad), Bondi
Pregnancy & Labour Support

above and beyond what was expected

Amelie played an essential and supportive role in my pregnancy and was present for the amazing birth of our son […] She was by my side giving me confidence, helping me push through the stages of labour (all 50 hours of it!) Read more “above and beyond what was expected”

Khanh, Bondi
Pregnancy & Labour Support

completely present

She was completely present for my labor and supported me physically and emotionally in her compassionate way. I can’t thank her or sing her praises highly enough … Read more “completely present”

Kate Gooden, Five Docks
Pregnancy & Labour Support

her presence and actions were instrumental

Amelie never faltered and even when she wasn’t saying anything, her presence and actions were instrumental in getting me through to the end. She will always be a big part in our memories of that time … Read more “her presence and actions were instrumental”

Natalie Fatakia, Pymble
Pregnancy & Labour Support, Prenatal Yoga

taught me how to focus my energy

I was a beginner and I was not sure if yoga was the right thing for me but Amelie was really patient and professional to teach me everything about it, she is a person with an extensive knowledge … Read more “taught me how to focus my energy”

Gonzalo Zabaleta, Dee-Why
Yoga

a heart opening approach

I really love Amelie’s classes. She has a heart opening approach to the way she teaches. Her classes integrate vinyasa flow with alignment and meditation which cater to all levels, always offering different options to suit everyone … Read more “a heart opening approach”

Mariam Nakhal, Randwick
Yoga

warm, caring and gentle

I liked Amelie right from the start. She was so warm, caring and gentle. She really went that extra mile with making sure I was looking after myself and encouraging me to have some “me-time”. She cooked nutritious wholesome meals … Read more “warm, caring and gentle”

Juliana R, Eastlakes
Postpartum Support

really helped create my ideal birth

Having a doula accompany me through the birth of my baby girl was absolutely the best decision I made. And Amelie is an ideal companion, support, educator and coach for the birth process … Read more “really helped create my ideal birth”

Jo Savill, Wollstonecraft
Pregnancy & Labour Support