Sarah Goldberg – About MeI began my training in 1999 and I studied in a variety of massage techniques including Swedish, relaxation massage, traditional Thai massage and Ayurvedic massages. As a certified massage therapist I have more recently specialised in pregnancy massage with Pregnancy Massage Australia and Jenny Blyth from Birth Work’s course in: ‘creative ways of making space for the baby’. My background is in meditation, holistic healing, massage, body awareness, Reiki and mindfulness which I integrated along the way through my extensive travels and experiences over 15 years living and working through India, Thailand, Japan, South America, Peru, Spain, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel. In 2006 after all the traveling and exposure to amazing people and experiences, I settled down and became a mother to my beautiful boy who was born at home in the mountains of Peru. During my 5 years living in Peru I have had the privilege to be exposed to ancient birthing traditions and holistic wisdom. My son’s birth was one of the most challenging and exposing experiences of my life. Bringing him into the world showed me the depths of who I am and the challenges that birth and early mothering bring. I have journeyed with difficult times postnatally which in turn has enabled me to share this empathy in my work. After 15 years of living abroad I returned to Melbourne with the intention to study midwifery. However, thankfully found my way to Rhea Dempsey Birth Attendant training and thought that was a good place for me to begin. I soon discovered that my desire to work with birth was wholly satisfied with being a doula. Soon after my doula training I went onto completing my Childbirth Education Teacher Training at the Royal Woman’s Hospital. In 2012 I became the Volunteer coordinator for Maternity Coalitions Movie nights in Elwood where I screen educational documentary films on childbirth and beyond. Guest speakers from our local community are invited to join us and share their extensive knowledge and experiences. These events fulfill my great desire to improve easily accessible education around childbearing issues which are current and relevant in our Australian States. I love being able to combine my body work skills (massage, rebozo, body mindfulness, meditation, reiki, ayurvedic understanding) along with my knowledge of birth to fully support and enhance birthing women. “Sarah Goldberg of Nurtured Birth is a passionate believer in the possibility of empowering birth experiences. She is drawn by the age-old hearts calling to support pregnant and birthing women, their babies and families. She has a wide experience of birth, both in different cultures and now in Melbourne’s hospitals as well as home settings. She has an understanding of birth and the present birth culture; a capacity to gently guide women into their power; a warm, generous and nurturing presence and strong, sure, skilled hands to soothe and nurture through pregnancy and during birth. Women and their families will delight in their experience with her.” — Rhea Dempsey, Oct 2013
Jo Harris – Remedial Massage Therapist
Hi, I am a prenatal & remedial massage therapist, aromatherapist, baby massage and yoga instructor, kid’s yoga instructor and a HypnoBirthing instructor.
I have always been interested in doing things naturally and thus became passionate about essential oils and massage for health and wellbeing. In 2006, I received my first professional qualifications in both aromatherapy and in massage. A couple of years later, I had the chance to study a course on integrating essential oils and pregnancy and this quickly led to an interest and love of working with pregnant women and babies. After completing my remedial massage diploma, I then studied a diploma in prenatal massage. As a compliment to prenatal massage, I also studied baby massage and baby yoga and then starting giving workshops to parents and grandparents as well as massage workshops to couples, so that partners could lovingly massage the mother-to-be during labour. In 2009, with my own pregnancy, I experienced the great efficacy of the birth preparation program HypnoBirthing® and became a HypnoBirthing® instructor. In the meantime, I have completed professional development courses in aromatherapy, including aromatherapy and children. I have attained reiki level II and I love seeing the benefits this gives people. I integrate aromatherapy and different styles of massage as well as reiki, if need be, for my prenatal & postnatal massage sessions. I utilise essential oils, acupressure points and other techniques for induction massages.
I devote my spare time to my daughter and to making natural skincare and aromatherapy products for my brand AromaZen naturals.
Lindy Cook – Naturopath
My career in Natural Medicine began over 25 years ago whilst I was living in London. I had one of those light bulb moments that helping people regain and maintain their optimal health and wellbeing was the thing that lit the fire in my belly and I felt really passionate about. And not much has changed!
While in London I studied Nutritional Medicine, setting up a life long love affair with the use of ‘food as medicine’. Once back in Australia I completed my studies as a Naturopath, Herbalist and Nutritionist at Endeavour College, where I was awarded Dux of Western Medical Sciences.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work in many different capacities within the wellbeing world – lecturing at Endeavour College, recipe development, running regular corporate health programs and, always, working in private practice.
Working with Nurtured Birth is the perfect match for me. My areas of interest have always been around digestive health and the many and varied aspects of women’s and family health, spanning the reproductive years and beyond. Working with men and women throughout every stage of conception is an enormously satisfying journey to be a part of. I use natural therapies to ensure the healthiest egg and sperm are produced for the best possible outcome, all backed up by the very latest scientific research. Treatment covers pre-conception, sub-fertility, pregnancy, IVF and hormonal issues such as endometriosis and PCOS. It goes without saying that every consultation includes a thorough dietary analysis to optimise your health and wellbeing. The strong foundation of good food and excellent nutrition is the cornerstone of your good health.
Outside of Nurtured Birth you can often find me at my local farmers market with a basket full of delicious, organic food. There’s something incredibly grounding about good ‘real food’ that makes me very happy! I enjoy practising yin yoga and spending as much time as I can at our beach shack on the east coast of Victoria. Beach walks, bush hikes, swimming, reading, catching up with friends and spending time with my family – life’s all about the balance.
Sharon Clarke – Remedial Massage Therapist
I would like to introduce myself: my name is Sharon Clarke and I am the latest therapist to be warmly welcomed into the Nurtured Birth family.
I am a Remedial Massage Therapist and Pregnancy Massage Practitioner, specialising in both pregnancy and post natal massage.
In what seems like a former life, I spent 20 years in the customer service and hospitality industry, working in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. It was in Adelaide that my first two boys were born. It was on finally returning to Melbourne to settle down with my family that it became clear to me that my true interest lay in the field of massage. I began my training in massage in 2004 at Copeland College of Massage Therapy. I completed my studies whilst pregnant with my third son and I have been a Remedial Massage Therapist now for 13 years, how time flies!
I have worked in a variety of roles during this time: mobile home massage, sporting clubs & gyms, corporations & events and several therapy clinics. I have been a long term employee of Pregnancy Massage Australia and Copeland Massage Therapy Clinic. I continue to work in both mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation in the private hospital sector. After 10 years I still find providing massage in this area of health care extremely rewarding.
It wasn’t until 2009 that I began to focus my treatment towards the area of women’s health. I studied with Pregnancy Massage Australia to become a Pregnancy Massage Practitioner and have continued to extend my skills with further training, including workshops with Suzanne Yates in 2010, Post Natal massage in 2013, Partner Training & Labour Massage in 2014 and the Spinning Babies workshop in 2017.
I thoroughly enjoy offering pregnancy and post natal massage, caring for my preggie mums and providing them with bodies and minds that are healthy and strong, guiding them in the preparation for labour, birth and the early days of parenthood. I use my skills to treat clients with high risk pregnancies, and my remedial techniques to treat a variety of complicated presentations in pregnancy, such as pelvic girdle pain, pelvic instability, carpal tunnel, breech positioning. I have also recently begun my journey into offering fertility massage.
My massage style involves my own blend of techniques, gathered over my years of massaging, including pregnancy & post natal, relaxation, deep tissue, sports, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, remedial massage, cupping and shiatsu. I believe my skills will be a good fit with Nurtured Birth and compliment the other Nurtured Birth therapists.
I am thrilled to now be a part of the Nurtured Birth team and I look forward to massaging away your stress, aches and pains and supporting you along your pregnancy pathway. I look forward to seeing you in the Windsor rooms in the near future…..
Vicki Todd-Urbiner – Post Natal Doula
Vicki is a mum of three amazing (also challenging) teenagers. She has worked in the health industry for over 20 years as a Naturopath in private practice and as a lecturer and Clinical Supervisor at Endeavor College of Natural Health. Vicki also holds a graduate certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as doing volunteer work for Caring Mums.Over the years Vicki has found herself drawn to working with mothers and their families as she feels this to be one of the most rewarding contributions she can offer.
Lisa Reti-Waks – About Me
Lisa is a wife and mother of two beautiful boys Noam and Osher. She is also a part-time midwife and has been a nurse at the Royal Woman’s Hospital since 2003. For Nurtured Birth, Lisa will be exclusively practicing pregnancy and post natal massage plus general relaxation massage for both men and woman. Lisa is extremely passionate about providing holistic care to women and their families through their journey of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. She completed her Certificate IV in Massage Therapy in 2009 at Melbourne’s Southern School of Natural Therapies, specialising in relaxation massage and more specifically pregnancy massage. She has also attended Jenny Blyth Creating Space workshop in 2009 and participated as a pregnant consumer in Rhea Dempsey’s workshop. In the past Lisa worked in health and wellbeing retreats and hotels in New South Wales and Queensland and also in an exclusive drug and alcohol Rehabilitation as a massage therapist.
Lisa is really looking forward to starting her new venture as one of the massage therapists at Nurtured Birth. With her midwifery knowledge she looks forward to bringing confidence and empowerment to women through their pregnancy and beyond.
Lisa will be available for massage appointments on Tuesday nights and Friday mornings.
To make a time please call 0401 083 778.