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Kathryn

Smithfield

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After finishing high school, I completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University and later worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital for 3-years. I worked on a wide variety of different wards, however, I spent most of my time in the Mental Health Department and the General Medical Ward. I always had the intention to move across into midwifery, however, I found I was not suited to the clinical hospital setting.

 

I embarked on an overseas trip with my husband and during this time I completed my yoga teacher training. Furthermore, I decided to pursue a career working with children as a specialised Montessori primary school teacher.  After I completed my first year of teaching with the most magical bunch of little people, I discovered that I was pregnant and I began the wondrous, yet often challenging journey in becoming a muma.

 

After a somewhat difficult pregnancy and feeling daunted about a potentially complicated birth, somehow, I managed to have a highly-positive birth experience.

I had the wonderful support of my beautiful husband, but also my own amazing muma. Her caring nature and practical knowledge from her own births, together with attending our Lamaze childbirth education classes, made her the ideal “doula” for me. The love and support I had from both of these two special people in my life assisted me in ways I could not have imagined prior to the birth. They held the space in such a beautiful and personal way. I felt so supported and empowered to birth my little girl after a six-hour long induced labour.

 

It was through this experience that I also “birthed” myself as a mother. Feeling empowered, supported, capable and loved.

 

My birth experience, combined with my familiarities in caring for others as a nurse and previous desires to pursue a career in midwifery, ignited a deep desire to become involved in the birthing world again. This led me to seek out a new career path as a doula. I am now a fully qualified doula working towards my registration with DONA International.

 

In addition, I have also furthered my yoga teaching practice to specialise in pre and postnatal pregnancies. I also recently completed my Placenta Encapsulation Training through Association of Placenta Preparation Arts (APPA). When possible, I still also provide relief work from time to time for our local Montessori primary school (which I still love doing).

 

On reflection, my path to becoming a doula has been a very organic and natural progression over the last decade. I truly believe all of my previous work and life experiences have provided me a wealth of knowledge and skills that will allow me to offer a holistic and practical approach that can be easily tailored to the specific needs of your birth.

 

I have to pinch myself as to how lucky I can be to have all of these wonderful little passion projects that I get to call ‘work’, whilst being able to fit it all around the most wonderful and important thing in my life … my family.