About Tamara

TAMARA STONECovering Bunbury and South West including Harvey, Busselton, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Collie and Donnybrook.

Tamara2I am a mother of four wonderful boys and my family and I live in Donnybrook, WA. The birth of my first son was an induced labour with a posterior positioned baby. It was long, hard and confusing (my books didn’t tell me how to cope with this!) and very scary for not only myself but also my hubby. My second and third labours were much the same and i just came to except that was just how birth went.

I did my Doula training with Australian Doulas in 2006 when my 3rd son was 13 months old. When I became pregnant with baby number four, my husband and I knew birth could be so much better and decided that a water birth was going to help make it amazing. The water provided wonderful pain relief and I felt I had total control, I was the only person to touch my son’s head as he was being born and it was my hands that brought him to the surface to meet his mummy and daddy. The power and pride I felt within myself was breathtaking and something that will be carried in my heart forever.

Each of my births have taught me many things but some of the most important things I have learnt is how vital it is for the parents-to-be to feel supported, safe and positive, and have great confidence in their body’s ability to birth their baby, The old saying ‘Knowledge is power’ is so true and what I believe helped me to achieve my dream water birth in a hospital with my fourth son.

Women along with their partners have the right to be well informed and to choose the birth their desire.

Childbirth is the most amazing journey for a couple to embark on. As a doula, I hope to make it an empowering and positive experience while creating a soothing and calming environment. I consider it a privilege to be able to walk alongside a woman and their partners through the most amazing experience of their lives. To see the look of ecstatic pride on the new parent’s faces as they see their new baby for the first time is the ultimate reward.

I have been the Regional Rep of the Australian Doulas in the South West since becoming a doula and am now a Facilitator for the Birth Doula training that is held over the South West. My doula journey has taken me along many different paths and my most recent venture is hiring birth pools. Many women are discovering the benefits of using water to help facilitate labour and birth. With water birth becoming more of an option in a hospital setting, it is now allowed to take a birth pool into a delivery suite at the Bunbury Regional Hospital, I am confident other public hospitals will eventually follow suit.

Placenta Encapsulation has also become a great passion of mine and is teaching me things that I find extremely fascinating. Placenta are too often disregarded as waste after a birth, but it is becoming increasingly clear with research that they continue to be useful and provide lots of health benefits when ingested by the mother.

My newest adventure is birth photography. You can check out my facebook page Ashbrook Imagery. 

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