This is my first ever blog post, targeted at expectant Dads, and originally written as a guest post on the Beer + Bubs blog here! So your wife or partner has hit the magical 40 week mark. “What now?” I hear you ask. Well, expect an increasing barrage of well-meaning friends and family to drop the…
My name is Virginia Maddock.
I started studying Herbal Medicine in 1998, which ignited my passion for natural health and led me on a long journey of healing, self-discovery and thirst for more knowledge.
I furthered my education with more studies in Advanced Herbal Medicine, Iridology, Nutrition at Australasian College of Natural Therapies; and eventually Reiki, which I studied in India.
I started private practice at Birthing Rites Australia in Bondi Junction (2005 – 2008), with some of the many pregnant women who came there for pre-natal classes. It was there that I discovered what a doula was and I knew immediately that I wanted to have the privilege of helping women and couples bring new life into the world.
So, in 2006, I embarked on the doula training course at Birthing Rites, which is the longest course available in Australia at one year long and encompasses over 200 hours of face-to-face training.
With such legendary teachers as Marie Burrows (doula, childbirth educator and counsellor with over 30 years experience in birth) and Sandra Robinson (co-author of the book “Birth: Conceiving, Nurturing and Giving Birth To Your Baby”), I was given not only a great education in birth, but also a thorough guidance in my own self development. This helped me to better understand my own mind, my tendencies and my own birth experience to better benefit those who need my support in such an important yet vulnerable time in their lives.