Welcome! I have been working on the creation of this business for the last 15 years and I am so excited that it has finally come to fruition. Here’s how Chill Mama Wellness came into existence:
The last few years, more precisely, the last six months have been a time of great change and emotional turmoil for me and have propelled me towards this endeavor more quickly than I could have anticipated. On the 10th December, 2016, not only did we move into a new house that we had just built, but my Dad was flown to Melbourne for emergency brain surgery to remove two large metastatic melanoma tumours that had been quietly growing without our knowledge. He subsequently died on the 19th January, 2017.
The experience of watching Dad die has irrevocably changed me. I was already having some trouble accepting “the hospital system”, especially as it relates to women as they move through their birthing and mothering journeys. At the time Dad died, I was working as an academic at a local university lecturing into the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. It was becoming increasingly difficult to observe the juxtaposition between the evidence-based midwifery model of care our course content covered and the biomedical model of care that many women experience not only in Australia, but globally. During the course of Dad’s palliative journey, I observed this juxtaposition to also be true in our experience of hospital palliative care and it absolutely broke my heart. I agonised for a few months after Dad died about what I would do. I couldn’t face returning to my role as an academic. So after many sleepless nights and tears, I resigned.
I was already teaching yoga at The Balancing Buddha Yoga and Movement Studio and I held a Certificate IV in Massage. My years of working as an academic and teaching antenatal classes at the hospital had equipped me with skills and knowledge to write and conduct my own birth education classes. Just one thing was holding me back. FEAR! It has taken me years to overcome the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown to move forward. This transition, especially in the last few months, reminds me very much of how the transition in labour can be prior to birth, especially my own two births – painful, emotional and turbulent with a lot of “I can’ts” thrown in there. But finally, Chill Mama Wellness was born with the main aim of providing complementary therapies to assist women towards a path to wellness – yoga, massage and birth education. I finally welcome this new baby of mine into the world and I very much look forward to contributing to the wellness of all the women I work with.