SYDNEY CITY AND BEACHES BEER + BUBS – LUCY PERRY
Beer + Bubs was created by Lucy and Bruce Perry in 2004. After the birth of their first child, they realised that there was very little information for men as they prepared for their role in childbirth. There were lots of things that shocked Bruce, a commercial photographer by trade, at the birth of his first that didn’t phase him when he was there catching his second and third – things he wishes he had been prepared for the first time. Lucy is an experienced doula or birth attendant. She is the creator of online birth attendant directory findadoula.com.au and is the author of Cheers to Childbirth: a dad's guide to childbirth support. Lucy presents the Sydney sessions and co–ordinates Beer + Bubs nationally with the talented and vivacious group of childbirth educators detailed below.
SYDNEY SUTHERLAND SHIRE BEER + BUBS – VIRGINIA MADDOCK
Virginia is a doula, herbalist, nutritionist and a mother of two. She loves supporting couples throughout their journeys to parenthood and also spends much of her spare time volunteering in various roles for Homebirth Access Sydney. Virginia is so excited to help men learn how to support their women with confidence during the birth of their babies. She’s a long–time resident of the Shire.
PENRITH BEER + BUBS – JANET PHILLIPS
Janet is a mother, midwife, childbirth educator and calmbirth practitioner, who found the support of her husband during the birth of her own two children to be priceless. Being involved with so many birthing couples over the years has strengthened her belief that dads can be an amazing positive influence on the birth process, if they just realise what they can do.
NSW CENTRAL COAST BEER + BUBS – LISA KIM
Lisa is a naturopath and a mother of two, whose passion for childbirth education is extended throughout her local community, as President of the Central Coast Maternity Coalition and as a calmbirth practitioner. Lisa understands the important role that father’s play during pregnancy, labour and childbirth and is delighted to present Beer + Bubs on the Central Coast.
CANBERRA BEER + BUBS – TRACEY ASKEW
Tracey is a mother of four sons. She is a childbirth educator and calmbirth facilitator who has supported hundreds of couples preparing for birth and parenting. She believes that when a woman feels safe, loved and supported, then birth seems to go much better. Who better to do that, than her partner!
GEELONG + SOUTH MELBOURNE BEER + BUBS – RACHAEL MCLEOD
Rachael McLeod presents Beer + Bubs in South Melbourne and in her original home town of Bendigo, Victoria. She has two children and is an experienced doula with more than 70 births under her belt. Rachael is a qualified childbirth educator, hypnobirth and Reiki practitioner.
NORTH MELBOURNE (BRUNSWICK) BEER + BUBS – ALEXIS TARRAN
Alexis Tarran is a mother of three and a student midwife. Her husband Jay attended Beer + Bubs when they were expecting their third baby. After two Caesareans, Jay and Alexis were hoping for a natural birth so Jay was sent off to the local pub prepare for his role. Alexis says that the session had such a profound impact on Jay that she wanted to spread the program to the Brunswick area!
EAST MELBOURNE BEER + BUBS – FELICITY CUPITT
Felicity Cupitt is a mother of two and an experienced calmbirth practitioner in Melbourne. She presents Beer + Bubs in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
LAUNCESTON BEER + BUBS – SARAH BEHRMANN
Sarah is a mother of two young children, is an experienced doula and childbirth educator and is the creator of Sacred Birth Yoga in Tasmania. She sees first-hand how a well-informed bloke can better support his woman through birth and is passionate about helping them to do so with confidence and sensitivity.
HOBART BEER + BUBS – RON HASTIE
Ron is an ex-brickie and barman with twenty years experience as a midwife. He has been catching babies at Royal Hobart Hospital since 1995 and is in the Know Your Midwife scheme there. He is the first bloke to join the Beer + Bubs team but in his own words, he's used to being one of the girls.
ADELAIDE BEER + BUBS – HELEN HRISKIN + PAULA BRUCKARD
Helen (left) has over 12 years experience as a doula, childbirth educator, speaker, publisher and mother of seven. Yes, seven! Paula, mother of two, is a yoga teacher and doula. Together they are a great team and were part of the foundation group of women to launch Adelaide’s Beautiful Birth Festival. They were the very first childbirth educators to spread the Beer + Bubs brand beyond Sydney.
ALICE SPRINGS BEER + BUBS – CORRINE PHILLIPS
Corrine Phillips is an Alice Springs local and mother of two. She is an experienced midwife and is particularly enthusiastic about seeing men empowered to support their partner and enjoy the pregnancy, birth and parenting.
PERTH BEER + BUBS – KRISTIN BECKEDAHL
Kristin is a childbirth educator, doula, naturopath and mother of two. Her naturopathic practice focuses on women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and postnatal health. She also runs active birth workshops and attends births as a doula. Kristin has experienced firsthand just how useful, confident and important men can be during the birth process if they’re given the practical knowledge they need.
BUNBURY + PEEL – CARRINA BRADBURY
Carrina Bradbury is a doula, childbirth educator, family therapist and social worker. She has always lived in the South West of WA, where she works and raises her three young children. Carrina is particularly passionate about the involvement of men and fathers in all aspects of family life... especially birth! She quite likes a good West Australian sauvignon blanc.
BRISBANE BEER + BUBS – SHARON ARMSTRONG
Sharon is a child health consultant, child birth educator and mum. She has a passion for empowering couples and supporting them to make informed choices. Sharon has just sat the International Lactation Consultants Exam and part owns Embrace Life, a family health and wellness centre in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
NORTHERN RIVERS BEER + BUBS – DARREN MATTOCK
Darren is an active and involved father to his young son, Charlie. He is the coordinator and facilitator for the Building Better Dads program, a 3-session education and mentoring course for expectant and new dads. Darren combines experience, passion and understanding to give blokes the tools they need to be capable and confident on one of the biggest days of their life.
Can I just say that I was freakin’ amazing and I owe pretty much all of it to what was laid out that night at the pub – I knew what to expect and what to do. No drugs, no gas, no epidural, no worries! Thanks heaps for your info at the Beer + Bubs night – it was invaluable!
I thought last week’s session was fantastic. I was astounded how much knowledge we managed to pull out of a few hours with you and every scrap of information was hugely useful. And I feel far more empowered about the big day, prior to last week the only way I felt was shit-scared...
I really think this is a fantastic initiative, very informative. I’m very glad I came.