Devoted to women, always.
Melbourne-based private midwifery, birthkeeper, Breastfeeding and Placenta arts Services
The Earthside team will be taking a much needed break over Christmas and will return to the Apothecary on 15/01/22. All orders made after 23/12/21 will be shipped on 16/01/22. We wish you a happy and safe holiday period.
Our current maternity system is failing women and babies.
The rates of birth trauma in Australia are astronomical. Currently 1 in 3 women report their birth as a traumatic experience, while 1 in 7 women in Australia experience postnatal depression. Inductions and instrumental births are rising substantially and with a national average of 34%, Australia is performing more than double the rate of caesarean sections than the World Health Organisation recommends (which is 10-15% by the way).
Australian women are being told that one third of their population cannot birth their babies vaginally. That their bodies are defective. That they’ve forgotten how to give birth.
Looking at statistics alone, Australian women are being told that one third of their population cannot birth their babies vaginally. That their bodies are defective. That they’ve forgotten how to give birth. And it’s evident that more intervention is not what women need. In fact, maybe all of this intervention is the reason for the increase in birth trauma. Because a live mum and baby is not the sole indicator of a successful outcome. Because our mental health is just as important as our physical health. So it’s time for things change. Birthing women need more support and they need it now!
My mission is to shake up our current system by bringing the power back to you. I want to bring the humanity back to birth – so you don’t walk away from your birth experience feeling like you simply “survived”, but emerge from your rebirth feeling like a stronger, more confident and empowered version of you. I am at the forefront of the fight against the patriarchy; sword blazing ready for battle. I am here to lead a revolution; to dismantle the broken maternal health system and improve it from the inside out, one birth at a time.
As of July 2021, Roxanne May Birth Services is getting a freshen up. New and updated services are coming very soon, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, check out my existing pages, and don’t forget to get in contact to find out how we can work together! Much love xx
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My approach to birth work embodies the characteristics of a lioness – tenacious, instinctual, and protective.
I am literate in the unspoken language of birth; a translator of needs.
I tune into the energy of the birth room – seeing subtleties that no one else sees; hearing frequencies that no-one else hears.
I am constantly moving, adapting, changing elements to embody your individual needs – to create a safe energetic container for you to let go.
I am the maestro in the symphony of safety.
I can not even put into words what Roxanne has done for my family and I. Having her as my doula was nothing short of incredible. For my third birth I thought I had an idea of what to expect but when plans changed she was there every step of the way. Roxanne was my voice when I couldn’t find my own and my strength when I thought I had nothing left to give.
Roxanne’s passion for her work is like nothing I have ever seen before. Roxanne I will never be able to thank you enough.
Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for everything xx
Roxanne delivered my first and second babies. With Braxton (my first) I was lucky to fluke her. Being my first – it was new and a little scary. Roxanne made me feel relaxed, comfortable and most importantly gave my the strength I needed at the end.
I made sure I got her for my second, and this time she was with me the whole pregnancy, which was wonderful. She always made me feel like I could speak to her about anything and was able to be honest and open. But what I will forever be thankful for is her compassion. My second got very sick before he wasn’t even 2 weeks old. She checked on us in the hospital in her own time to make sure we were ok. She gave me reassurance when I needed it. She made it clear she was there for us.
She is not only the best at what she does, she cares about you.
It’s hard to know where to start with Roxanne. She’s not a normal midwife, or doula or even a normal human, she’s something so special that I cannot pinpoint the words to describe her. You don’t have to know Roxanne long to feel like you know what an amazing and valuable person she is to this world. She makes a difference. A huge, big, fat, wonderful difference.
I don’t even know how to say what she does, but she does this thing. This thing where she makes you feel at home, even when you’re in a little foreign room, that you’ve not spent more than a day in. Roxanne makes you feel fiercely empowered, confident and able. She can lift you up, make light heart of a situation and have you laughing and then also snap you back into reality and ground you when you need it. She has the ability to make something so natural and capable seem exactly that, when in this world, day and age, it’s so easily lost and medicalised. Her life obviously must be so busy but she has the ability to make you feel like you are all that matters when she speaks to you. You are heard when you speak with her.
I truly believe Roxanne is destined to do what she is doing, she is something so special, for a reason that can’t be pinpointed, because it’s a whole combination of factors. She is SO knowledgeable, passionate and supportive. I have had the pleasure of having Roxanne as my midwife and dream of having her as my doula one day. Roxanne created memories and had a hugely positive impact on not just myself, but my family, my very young daughter in particular, who was made to feel involved and important that she now wants to also be a midwife or doula.
Roxanne not only helped me on my amazing journey of bringing life into this world, but on another occasion, held my world together when it completely fell apart. She was equally amazing in celebrating life and amazingly supportive and valuable in a moment when life was lost… and for that I am eternally grateful. I don’t think Roxanne will ever understand, no matter how often she is told, just exactly how much good she does for people and the universe. The world is a better place with you in it Roxanne, and I know all this just because you were my midwife.
Thank you a million times over x
Roxanne has had a big (and positive) impact on my life since my pregnancy with my daughter over two and a half years ago. I really wanted safe and respectful care from my midwife and I got exactly that by choosing her. I felt so capable because I had a midwife who was like a friend and family member.
She never once treated me like a vessel, or made me feel like I was just a number. She believed in my capabilities as a mother and had complete faith in me. Every visit we had made me feel confident and happy with the intimate process of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.
She brought birth back to its roots for me. I trusted her birthing wisdom, and she helped me heal and learn from a previous traumatic birth. She has such a compassionate, warm, and fun personality that anyone who meets her is enthralled.
Language and Inclusivity
I recognise that not all birthing people present and/or identify as women. My personal philosophy is that all gender identities deserve to be celebrated, and everyone has the right to feel safe/accepted. But purely for the consistency of equality of expression on this platform, the terms woman & women will be used to reference womb-bearing individuals.