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Josephine Hipwell - Birth and Postpartum Doula

Completed Training: 2022


I am a birth and postpartum doula in Melbourne, Victoria. I am completely in love with the work that I do.


The spectrum of these experiences is so wonderfully wide and varied, unique to each individual or family. I believe that we deserve loving care and support always, but never so much as when we are navigating big and beautiful transitions in life and at times of loss.


My philosophy on birthwork is steeped in a deep respect and wonder of the amazing things our bodies can do and complete awe of our minds and spirits.


That each person has sovereignty over their body and their experience.


That it’s our right to feel empowered and in control.


That there’s a safe space to feel and to express what’s happening for us, honestly and openly. That we are all supported and informed with evidence based information and practices. With the view that as you go, you’ll feel comfy making decisions that align with you.


I believe all of these things but also know that our modern way of being, believing and living can make these big transitions like pregnancy, birth, postpartum, parenting difficult to navigate. Which is why I do what I do, because I know how much support makes a difference in these times.


In me you’ll find a bit of an old soul that loves to be busy but is learning to love to be slow, being in nature and lives for the creative. A person who thinks food is medicine and understands the value and power of human connection. I absolutely love to laugh, but I also love to go deep. A person who can sit with you in both the lightness and the dark.


I am a mum to two gorgeous babes, birthing them is what set me on the path of birthwork. My world is lovingly-filled with an amazing partner, as well as a big beautiful family and many friends with whom I love to spend time.. eating food, enjoying a glass of something tasty, laughing and making memories.


I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life, I love it here. My mum came here from Burma when she was 8 with her parents and 9 siblings. My grandma was my cooking mentor, she taught me how to make some of my favourite foods and that food isn’t just food. It’s love.


When I am not doula-ing or with people I love, I am making a mess in the kitchen, garden or on my latest craft project. I’ve always been a bit of a “josie” of all trades, turning my hands to new endeavours all the time (from making wedding cakes to comic style paintings) but never loving anything enough to have it keep me.


I have a rather colourful and at times complicated backstory, which I’ll save for another time. But my life, all the experiences, from amazing to heartbreaking, are the tapestry of who I am and have kinda crazily led me to meander into this space with ease, peace and feel like I’m finally exactly where I am meant to be.


I come to our work together with a clean slate, ready to listen and hold, trust and believe, know and witness; to meet you where you are and walk beside you.




 

Glenroy, VIC


0434037259

Instagram: @thelovespacedoula



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