parenthood services directory

My passion is documenting and supporting mamas, dads and families in Gippsland during their pregnancy, birth, postpartum & the early years. I absolutely love being able to spend my days with amazing families during such a special time in their lives.

Over the past nine years of being a photographer, I have been asked countless times to share my favourite local businesses that support parents during their time trying to conceive, pregnancy,

birth, postpartum and throughout parenthood.

We are so lucky to have amazing services available in Gippsland. There are incredible people supporting mamas and dads, babes and children, through each stage of life. However it can be hard

to know who is there to turn to for support in the moment you need it. Chatting to parents in my studio, I am trusted with very special and personal details and concerns. At times I can assist with referring parents to one of these amazing services to support them but sometimes it’s a journey they have been through and I wish I could have given them the details of an amazing local business before they needed them! So that’s how this little directory

was born... I hope that it can help you and your family, maybe even a friend of yours!

Much love,

Mikaela x

Olivia's Place

Olivia’s Place supports and encourages families during pregnancy and early parenting through community engagement and the provision of resources, education and professional services.

How can Olivia's Place support you?

Family Support Program - a free program providing social/emotional support, guidance and connection to community for expecting or new parents throughout their pregnancy and the first year of their child's life.

Material Aid Program - accessed only through the Family Support Program, Olivia's Place equips parents with those items that may be hard to source for reasons of financial hardship, but that are necessary to support a family to get their best start in life and the new baby a strong foundation for safe development. Items can include cots, prams, nappies etc.

You can access the programs by referring yourself or

asking a support service to refer you.

How can you support Olivia's Place?

- Donate money or goods

- Volunteer

- Hold a fundraiser

- Attend an event

- Become a Patron partner

- Purchase from Local Love at Kirra Photography where profits are donated to Olivia’s Place

Full to the brim with everything you need? Having your second baby? Still want to get your friends together to celebrate your baby bump? Host a baby shower for an unknown mum and an unknown baby (one of the families Olivia’s Place support)! Specific gifts (ask for a list) are donated, which come back to Olivia’s Place to be packaged into gorgeous baby bundles that are provided for free to parents-in-need.

As your Doula, your sacred Birthkeeper, Jenine will walk beside you on the intuitive journey to meet and welcome your baby. Using ancient wisdom, evidence-based information, heart-centred support and genuine connection, she will help you prepare to birth in your full power. Her passion for reproductive wellness & bodily autonomy has guided her to offer support during the full childbearing year including Womb Wellness offerings, Hypnobirthing, Energy Healing and full Postpartum Support.

Following her own health journey, Kylee’s passion for utilising acupunture and Chinese medicine to assist others was sparked. Operating in Warragul, she can assist with conditions such as migraines, hay fever and depression. Kylee also offers fertility and assisted reproduction support for you and your partner to help you achieve your goal of parenthood, along with pre- and post-natal care for all those pregnancy aches & pains, morning sickness, reflux & hormonal changes.

Well Balanced Chiropractic provides specific

and thorough chiropractic care for all ages.

Yolanda utilises the Gonstead Method to

achieve quick and longer lasting results. She is passionate about caring for her clients through all stages of life, including pre-conception, pregnancy and post-partum care, along with baby & childhood support including tongue-ties.

Embracing Birth South Gippsland | Amanda is an endorsed midwife who’s hearts desire is that your birth journey will leave you feeling proud and at peace with the birth choices you have made. By providing continuity of care, growing & sharing

evidence based knowledge, respecting birth

choices & supporting women to draw upon their

inner strength to birth well, Amanda & her team

provide an empowered pregnancy & birth.

New Beginnings Midwifery | Nikki is an eligible midwife working in the Latrobe City providing

antenatal & postnatal care in a non-clinical

environment & is trained in acupressure &

moxybustion. She believes that pregnancy &

post birth should encompass a holistic approach to care including women & their families in all decision making so they are empowered & supported in their journey.

Katie Parker | Katie is a social worker, postpartum doula and mum of two gorgeous little people. She’s really passionate about supporting women to feel relaxed, nurtured & confident in their transition to motherhood. She strongly feels that it takes a village to raise not just a child, but a mother too, and would love to play a part in helping you to create your village.

Be Empowered Birth & Parenting Classes | Offering a series of face-to-face classes run in the Traralgon Studio covering a range of important, evidence-based topics to prepare you for labour, birth and parenting.

There are four classes in the series and you can choose one, multiple or all classes!

Topics include active labour and birth preparation, the role of the support person, what to expect during labour and birth, care of your newborn, transitioning to parenthood, mental health concerns and building healthy support systems.

Held over four evenings face-to-face in the Traralgon Studio, the Hypnobirthing Classes teaches you and your birthing partner relaxation tools, labouring techniques, understanding of your body and knowledge of your choices.

These classes will empower you (and your chosen birthing partner) to achieve a positive birth for you and your beloved baby.

You may never have heard of "Hypnobirth" before and I encourage you to read about it by clicking below!

Located in Toongabbie, Harmony Retreat is a

luxe boutique home day spa. Jacinta’s aspiration is to take her guests to a new level of relaxation and restfulness they have never experienced and walk away feeling calm, light, grounded & in harmony within their mind & body. She offers the most beautiful pregnancy safe facials, massages & pedicures to soothe aching muscles and relax the mind, preparing you for baby’s arrival.

Kangatraining is all about allowing mums to

exercise while carrying their baby in a safe and

comfortable way. Kangatraining instructors –

most mums of young children themselves – guide

mums through a full workout that focuses on

strengthening pelvic floor & abdominal muscles

and cardiovascular fitness. Not only do you get

to bond with other mums, but you get a bonding

experience with your baby like no other.

Camilla and Darryl have created a place for

healing, support, love and most importantly a

place to flourish in all aspects of life. In the studio

you can join a group yoga, pilates or sound

healing & meditation class which are open to

varying abilities. Each week there are classes

dedicated to bringing along your children who

are supervised while you enjoy the class. Speciality groups and 1:1 private classes are also available!

Kaytlyn is a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant providing personalised, gentle and flexible sleep support for children from newborn all the way up to 5 years old. She aims to support, educate and empower you towards amazing sleep for you and your family by providing gentle and flexible sleep support that is tailored specifically to your little ones temperament, your lifestyle, your parenting style and more.

Noah's Ark offers a range of services and programs that support families who have a child aged 0-12 who have a disability or additional needs. They recognise that parents are experts on their own child and they provide them with information and support that enables them to make informed decisions.

Offering midwifery care during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks and 6 days after the birth of your baby. All pregnancy and postnatal appointments attract Medicare rebates. 24/7 access via mobile phone. We only having several children in a life time - A Beautiful Start to Life's dream is to make the journey of welcoming a new member of the family, a positive, empowering and enjoyable one!

Nicole is a qualified Mothercraft Nurse with over 25 years experience who is passionate about empowering parents to understand what their babies are trying to communicate, and she does this by helping them identify their little ones individual cues.  This is mostly done in-person at your home and is personalized for every child, because every child’s environment and needs vary, and every parent’s does too.

Do you know an amazing local Gippsland service/business that supports parents through the journey? Make sure to share them with me so I can add them to the directory and more parents can access these incredible services!