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News + Notes

News & Notes from Kelly Evans (The Modern Doula) on pregnancy and giving birth in Perth, Western Australia.

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The Three Words That Mark The Transition Into Motherhood (That No Expectant First Time Mumma Ever Wants To Say)

Kelly Evans

I can't do that' was the reply from one lovely Mumma. 'Why not?' I asked with curiosity. 'It's not what we do in our culture is it?' she said. She was so right and I was so grateful for her pointing out the obvious.

It left me on the one hand saddened, knowing that as culture we expect women to DO IT ALL. In the movies they pop on a dress, heels and cook a three course meal two days after baby is born to entertain all the guests, in a sparkling clean, spotless kitchen.

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How to Be A Parenthood Co-creators (Rather Than Pawns In Some Crazy Hunger and Sleep Games).

Kelly Evans

Once upon a Monday...She felt like she had to do EVERYTHING! She felt so unappreciated. She daydreamed in envy back to the days pre-baby. She had no idea how easy she had it then, until now. She once enjoyed copious amounts of FUN and FREEDOM.

Pre-baby she used to spend her weekends indulging in painting and scrapbooking. Postpartum her paints and papers were packed up in boxes in the garage.

Once the CEO in charge of her life, as well as a Manager of a national company, she was respected and well paid. Now she was engulfed in a 24 hour cycle of monotony... rinse and repeat.. Her life now revolved around when the baby slept (or didn't) and gosh there was hell to pay if he didnt..

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A is for Attachment Parenting

Kelly Evans

In our A-Z of Birth and early parenting - A is for Attachment Parenting. As a birth doula I consider it of vital importance to consider your parenting style early (preferably before your first is born). Many parents are surprised by this as often the topics of importance are taking leave, from work, baby showers, and parental leave/baby bonus. Some parents have been having conversations around the subject of parenting already. How you were parented affects your views on parenting.

Do you want to parent as your parents did?

Are you determined to be nothing like your parents?

If so do you have a vision for how this will look?

Do you have a plan or a framework for achieving this (particularly if you are planning to be different to your own parents)?

October is attachment parenting month

Personally and having studied with DONA International - I am a huge fan of the attachment parenting style as a parenting tool (note as a tool not a discipline).

The seven principles of attachment parenting are (thanks to Dr Sears):

  1. Birth bonding
  2. Breastfeeding
  3. Babywearing
  4. Bedding close to baby
  5. Belief in the language value of your baby's cry
  6. Beware of baby trainers
  7. Balance

If your current pregnancy planning ends at birth, then maybe it's time to have a chat with me - and start your post-partum planning.

The reality is that birth lasts for a few days, but parenting lasts for a lifetime! The time to set up a good foundation, in agreement with your partner is now!