'Nurturing the Nurturer'
Multi-award-winning practitioner Vicki Hobbs started her business in 2004 and has been working with pregnant women and complementary therapies since that time. She is one in a long line of wise and experienced Maga’s who bring calm and clarity to the birth space, so women feel safe, supported, and listened to. She is well known for sharing her commitment in educating and advocating for women and their rights and choices in pregnancy, birth and during the postpartum period.
She offers an extensive range of services including Back to Basics Birthing Childbirth Educator, Hypnobirthing Australia™ practitioner, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Pregnancy Massage and Placenta Encapsulator along with many other services to focus on women’s mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. She is well known for sharing her commitment in educating and advocating for women and their rights and choices in pregnancy, birth and during the postpartum period.
She is also the founder and one of the trainers at the Doula Training Academy, providing comprehensive doula training focussing on collaboration, not competition while embracing the collective knowledge gained from evidence-based training, tradition and experience that is passed down to women from generation to generation. She is dedicated to training and encouraging women who want to become a part of the growing doula industry and provide them an ongoing learning hub and village of support.
“My Vision is to provide a safe, community focused learning hub to those who wish to become a doula and have continuity of care around their learning, their experiences and also the challenges that are faced while working as a doula. I have spent many years advocating for women to have a positive birth experience, but now I also want to offer my knowledge and experience to doulas who also want to have positive experiences in the role they have chosen and to feel at ease being a part of the sisterhood of doulas."
Catherine Bell is the author of The Birth Map: boldly going where no birth plan has gone before, creator of The Game of Birth and inventor of Birth Cartography®. Her website, birthmap.life, serves as a hub of research, support and opportunity with free Member Access to digital versions of The Game of Birth and The Birth Map. The book is available in print and as a download, along with a tabletop version of the game. Birth Cartographer Training is provided to birth workers online, in person and via zoom. Catherine's concept is currently being evaluated as part of her PhD.