birth doula

Meet Danae…

I am a mother of two beautiful boys, a specialised Sydney birth doula and pregnancy (prenatal) yoga teacher. I am passionate about supporting women and families to provide guidance, information, emotional and physical support during pregnancy and birth.

I am Sydney’s first (and only) Optimal Maternal Positioning (OMP) Birth Educator.

My years of yoga teaching provide an excellent background to understand the body and mind, which is invaluable in pregnancy support and birth preparation.

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Why choose Danae? 

I am a full time birth doula. This is my passion and my purpose.

Over the past 10 years I have supported hundreds of women in preparation and birth in Australia and overseas.

My approach and expertise in pregnancy and the birthing experience is unique. This is demonstrated through my extensive education and experience combined with a thorough understanding and passion for OMP practices / education, yoga practice, meditation and breathing exercises.

I work best with active women who; want to have a physiological birth, have a positive interest in working with pain, have an interest in participating in my Yoga classes and want to integrate good nutrition and overall health / wellbeing into their birth preparation.

My personal style and experience has enabled me to develop excellent working relationships with Obstetricians and Midwives in private and public hospitals and Home Birth. I am able to create synergy between clinical care providers and a woman’s birthing wishes, which enables me to be a strong advocate for women particularly when they feel most vulnerable. I take pride in bringing the whole birthing support team together to help achieve the best possible outcome for the mother (her partner) and baby.

I support women that choose to birth their baby in birth centre’s, public hospital and home birth. After the experience of supporting over 400 births, I have chosen to exclusively work with one Obstetrician, Dr Andy Pickering, for women that choose a private hospital birth or have medical indications requiring expert support. Dr Pickering practices evidence based, women centred care with a focus on physiology. 

I am one of a handful of Sydney Doulas recommend by She Births, the scientifically certified and internationally recognised Child Birth education program.

My goal is to work with mothers to prepare their body and mind for the ultimate human experience of giving birth.

My testimonials speak for themselves.

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OMP and Birth Education

I am Sydney’s first, and only, OMP birth educator.

My journey to become a birth educator and Optimal Maternal Positioning (OMP) specialist came from an interest in understanding how babies move through the pelvis and how that facilitates or stalls the progression of the labour.

OMP is not just about me having this amazing knowledge, its about teaching women and partners to have a depth of understanding of the mechanics of birth, a birthing woman’s body, the journey your baby takes and how to be hands on to really make a difference to Birth outcomes in any environment.

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Prenatal Yoga Classes

Pregnancy yoga + birth education classes.

In my Sunday morning Yoga Classes I welcome women from 12 weeks pregnant and take them through to birth (sometimes women in early latent labour join in class, so beautiful).

My prenatal yoga classes incorporate:

  • 10 minute birth education / preparation topic
  • a physical practice
  • specialised meditation
  • hypnobirthing affirmations in practice
  • calm birth practice
  • pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • how to use vocal sound in birth
  • active birthing preparation and postures
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Guest Speaking + Media

I have appeared in numerous media publications and podcasts.  If you would like me to present or speak at your organisation or community group, please get in touch.

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Podcast Appearances

birth doula podcast

Relevant Qualifications

Yoga Institute of Australia 

  • Diploma of Yoga Teacher Training – 1500hrs
  • Post Graduate Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training – 50hrs (completed whilst pregnant)
  • Leslie Kaminoff – Bandah’s & Breathing Practices – 20hrs
  • Leslie Kaminoff – Yoga Anatomy – 20hrs

Australian Doula College

  • Diploma of Birth & Post Natal Doula Training

4 Trimesters Singapore

  • Optimal Maternal Positioning Ambassador Training – Ginny Phang
  • Optimal Maternal Positioning Educator Training – Ginny Phang

Spinning Babies USA

  • Spinning Babies Ambassador Training – Gail Tully

iRest Meditation 

  • Diploma of iRest Meditation Practitioner Training

Why Induction Matters

  • Workshop for understanding impacts and PHD researching on the impact of Induction on Australian birthing culture

Indra Mohan

  • Pranayama (Breathing Practices) Practitioner Training

Teaching + Sharing Knowledge

University of NSW

Each year, I present to second year medical students at the University of NSW.

It is an honour to highlight to trainee Doctors the importance of the birthing experience for the Mother.

Yoga Institute

As a proud member of the teaching faculty of the Yoga Institute, I mentor teacher trainees through the Pregnancy and Post Natal Post Graduate program.

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