Hi! I'm Ebony, a Myotherapist & Postpartum Doula specialising in Pregnancy & Postpartum care. I live in Ballarat, Victoria with my husband Gordon and our two kids- Isaac & Zoë.
I have specialist training, qualifications and experience in the following fields.
- Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery- Currently completing
- Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy
- Advanced Diploma of Sports Therapy
- Diploma Remedial Massage
- A NurtureLife® Registered Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage
- Practitioner of pregnancy massage
- Certificate of pregnancy massage
- Advanced workshop: Postnatal massage
- Advanced workshop: partner training & massage for labour
- Certificate in Dry Needling
- Certificate Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage
- Newborn Mothers Postpartum Professional
- Supporting Women to Breastfeed-Australian College of Midwives
- Postnatal Care-Australian College of Midwives
- Pelvic Floors - Pregnancy and Beyond-Australian College of Midwives
- Basic Skills in Perinatal Mental Health-COPE
- Perinatal Mental Health-PANDA
- Birth Trauma Training for Birth Workers by Dr Erin Bowe
- Certificate Pregnancy Exercise for Optimal Outcomes
- Certificate Post Pregnancy Exercise
- Certificate Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy and Lactation
- AHPRA Registered Health Professional
- Australian Natural Therapists Association
- Doula Network Australia
Before I became a mum, I ran my own Myotherapy clinic and specialised in helping women with their pre and postnatal health for years. I thought that when my time came to be a mum I’d somehow know exactly what to do.
When I was pregnant with my son, I spent so much time and energy preparing for the birth - I read the books, enrolled in a birth class, attended prenatal yoga. But I didn’t put the same time and energy into to what would happen after my son was in my arms. I assumed breastfeeding would naturally “just work”, that my body would be “fine” to return back to work in a week or so, and that I could learn everything I needed to know about parenting from my mum and older sister.
Well, it didn’t really happen like that! After my son arrived, I was inundated with conflicting advice and overwhelmed with all the things I “could” or “should” be doing. Breastfeeding didn’t “just work”, in fact, I was fairly close to throwing in the towel the first week. Sleep deprivation and pure exhaustion took its toll on not only me but my relationship with my husband. All the while trying to process my traumatic birth. The supports that I planned to lean on weren't available to me, with my husband having started his new role at work, he wasn't able to take leave, my old sister was busy tending to my newborn niece and my mum was overseas for several weeks. I felt isolated, overwhelmed and out of my depth.
I had imagined my fourth trimester to be this beautiful bonding experience, but the reality was so far from it. I had completely underestimated how challenging it would be, and I felt like nobody had really given me an honest, raw ‘heads up’ about all that needed to be considered, prepared for, and embraced after childbirth. I was so tired that it never occurred to me to ask for support.
And despite all my years of experience in working with mums, it turns out I was utterly unprepared for the massive transformation of motherhood.
Eventually, I began to emerge from the haze that is life with a newborn, and I found myself ready to discover what my life as a mother would look like. I was left wondering “why hadn’t anyone told me what to expect”? My fourth trimester was what I should have prepared for, and I was confronted with similar stories from the women in my mothers’ group. It wasn't just me, we all weren't told.
It showed me just how important it is for women to be supported through the entire journey of becoming a mother, from first to the fourth trimester and beyond.
In 2019 I welcomed my daughter, and I put everything I had learned to use and my experience was completely different. I had both a beautiful hypnobirth and healing postpartum period. I utilised my village and in doing that, allowed myself time and space to recover from birth, to get to know my beautiful new baby, and to transition into becoming a mother of two. I proved to myself the value of not only being prepared and gathering a supportive village for birth but also how beneficial and transformative it is to prepare for postpartum and to plan for care after birth.
And now I am a mama on a mission to help support women through their fourth trimester and beyond because becoming a mother is about so much more than giving birth and taking care of your newborn. It’s about birthing and raising newborn mothers too.
At Untangled Living our vision is a world where new mothers are well prepared for motherhood- equipped with the knowledge, informed with resources and empowered by skills needed to thrive in this journey knowing that they are supported in their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, to fully experience the joy and fulfilment of motherhood.
Mothers were never meant to do this alone. It takes a village.
To provide high-quality mother centred postpartum support.
Inspire mothers to strongly prioritise their own healing, well-being and personal growth.
facilitate mother-to-mother connections among women in their local communities.
Increase public awareness of the fundamental necessity of postpartum support.
I care about you.
My focus is on taking care of the mother. I prioritise your needs with the knowledge that your wellbeing is fundamental to meeting the needs of your newborn.
I will help support and empower you.
As you transition and adjust to motherhood – from pregnancy all the way through to the first year.
I value honesty, openness, and transparency.
About the motherhood experience. I hope to inspire others to feel comfortable enough to share and grow through this challenging experience.
I am committed to helping you gain self-awareness and insight.
I am a conscious mother driven by a passion to assist other mothers to become more mindful in their mothering and within themselves.
I believe in an all-inclusive community.
I value diversity and am dedicated to helping you strengthen your relationships and build a core support network.
I am flexible to your needs.
Untangled Livings’ services are tailor-made to suit your individual and family’s needs.
I value individual choice.
I embrace your chosen approach to birthing and mothering styles.