CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS FOR FATHERS, PREPARING MEN FOR BIRTH, ANTENATAL CLASSES FOR DADS, BIRTH FOR THE BOYS
BEER+BUBS HQ (DIRECTOR) – CARRINA HAMPTON
Carrina is the owner of Beer+Bubs across Australia. Carrina is a Doula and Childbirth Educator in addition to a Social Worker, Family Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. As a birth mum of four (and step mum of three), Carrina’s passion for pregnancy and birth began as a personal one before she added this to her professional repertoire. She is passionate about the role of men in all aspects of family life, and see’s pregnancy and birth as the ultimate time to engage men in their important roles within the growing family.
SYDNEY – VIRGINIA MADDOCK
Virginia is a doula, herbalist, nutritionist and a mother of two. She loves supporting couples throughout their journeys to parenthood and also spends much of her spare time volunteering in various roles for Homebirth Access Sydney. Virginia is so excited to help men learn how to support their women with confidence during the birth of their babies. She’s a long–time resident of the Shire.
NEWCASTLE – MICHELLE BOHATKO
Michelle is a Doula, Primary School Teacher, wife and mother of two gorgeous sons. She is focused on helping expectant fathers feel more at ease with the birth process, ensuring they arrive at baby’s birth day feeling confident and having a readily accessible ‘toolkit’ of strategies for being truly helpful and engaged on the big day.
SUNSHINE COAST – MICHELLE ENGLISH
Michelle English is a certified birth doula and NurtureLife® Pregnancy Massage Practitioner, specialising in birth support, ante-natal education and massage for pregnancy, birth and post-natal care for women on the Sunshine Coast. She lives in Woombye on acreage with her husband, children, horses, cat and one spoiled dachshund!
WOLLONGONG – NATALIE HARRIS
Natalie Harris brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to support people throughout pregnancy, birth in the postpartum period. Natalie is a childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula and also specialises in working with young people at risk, supporting them through the transition to parenthood. Nat is also a mother to one gorgeous young person and works within the circus and entertainment industry and is affectionately known as the ‘hula doula’ in the Wollongong and Greater Illawarra area.
CANBERRA – JANE FITZGERALD
Jane is a midwife and mother of 4 sons. Jane knows well how men can enrich women’s birthing experiences. She is very excited to have the opportunity to assist men understand how important they are in the birthing environment and appreciate the difference they can make.
MELBOURNE – Erika Munton
Erika is a birth educator, doula, life coach and group facilitator who is passionate about helping people to create their best transition into life as a parent. Having supported hundreds of families through their labours she knows some planning and preparing will help you experience this time of your life in a joyful and empowering way.
HOBART – RON HASTIE
Ron is an ex-brickie and barman with twenty years experience as a midwife. He has been catching babies at Royal Hobart Hospital since 1995 and is in the Know Your Midwife scheme there. He is the first bloke to join the Beer + Bubs team but in his own words, he’s used to being one of the girls.
ADELAIDE – ERIN BLACK
Erin is an enamoured wife and mother of two wildlings rising on the coast in Adelaide. Erin is a birth and postnatal doula, group facilitator and placenta encapsulator. She feels that men are too often disregarded in the birth space but knows just how much of a positive impact they can have on the collective birth experience given adequate preparation. She is passionate about sharing the tools that enable men to confidently support their partners during the amazing journey into parenthood – whether that’s for the first or seventh time.
ADELAIDE – SOPHIE MERCHANT
Sophie is a doula, wife and mum of two beautiful girls. She was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills and now lives closer to the city with her family. She is passionate about all things birth and babies, and loves seeing couples work together to bring their babies into the world; with a confident start to their parenting journey. She believes dads are an integral part of the birthing process and looks forward to working with Erin Black to bring the Beer+Bubs message to dads of Adelaide.
BUNBURY – CARRINA HAMPTON
Carrina is a Clinical Social Worker and Childbirth Educator/Doula who is passionate about all things family! At work Carrina promotes individual, family and community wellbeing, including 4MEN programs supporting the development of boys and men. At home she is mum to 5 gorgeous girls and 2 spectacular boys. As the National Owner of Beer+Bubs, Carrina and her husband Kyle love delivering these sessions to a room full of fellas eager to be Dads!
BRISBANE – KYRA MORRIS
Kyra’s journey into midwifery and child health began 18 years ago with the birth of her first child. The experience of empowerment and wholeness evoked her passion for birth, motherhood and family. Kyra has worked in both public and private maternity healthcare for the past 7 years and has developed professional relationships with maternity consumer groups, community health and private practitioners. Kyra aims to provide current, holistic support to families.
TOOWOOMBA – REBECCA CONNOLLY
Rebecca is a Registered Nurse with Child and Adolescent Health qualifications and a keen interest in all things birth, babies and parenting. She is a mother to a baby girl and is passionate about making birth a normal but powerful and transformative event. Her husband attended a Beer + Bubs in Canberra and the skills he learnt made him an incredible support during the birth of their daughter. Rebecca wants to share that knowledge and make men confident to get off the sidelines and in the action at the birth of their baby.