“Here I sit, three weeks’ post-partum, and every day during this time I have felt abundant in gratitude for having had Angela be a part of my birth team, re-living her words of encouragement and her exceedingly supportive presence; staring for hours in awe at the raw and utterly beautiful images she captured of my birth. Angela is supremely passionate about helping women and families embrace the power and the exquisiteness of the journey of pregnancy, birth and parenthood. I was so fortunate to have experienced a birth so full of love, respect, and positivity, and there is no doubt in my mind that Angela was an integral source of those elements. I will be forever grateful to her for that, and simply cannot recommend her enough to anyone seeking that support for their own birth. All my love forever to you, Angela.””Meredith Moscicki
Doula Support & Services
It with total joy and committment I offer my work as Doula to families in Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula!
My name is Angela Gallo and I am so pleased you are here. Whether you are looking for someone who can deliver on emotionally charged imagery or support you during one of the most wild adventures of your life, I have got a list of a-la-carte services that will have you jumping out of your seat for all the best oxytocin drenched vibrations.
I pride myself on bringing a unique level of cohesion and intimate connection to which ever birth space I have the privilege of being a part of. This work is of utmost importance to me and it would bring me such happiness to share that with you.
My professionalism and sincere dedication to this line of work has garnered me mentions across dozens of media publications, including this great piece I was lucky to be a part of on Mamamia’s Hello Bump where we chat extensively about what a Doula atually is and what a Doula does..
I also teach & mentor other birth professionals and have spent the better part of this year on educational outreach and inspiring Doulas around the globe.
At the moment I am based in Frankston South and travel all across Melbourne and the peninsula to attend births of every kind. To my clients I give everything and for this reason I work with select individuals. I tend to attract a very specific demographic – excitable, strong, decisive, clever, kind, warm, educated, respectful of the birth process and dedicated to playing an active part in their respective birth journeys.
You’ve got the power, darling. Whatever you need….you’ve already got it in you. But the devil is in the details, so for everything else; you’ve got me. If allowed the honor, I will happily be your birth bestie and Doula fairy godmother extraordinaire.
As your Doula, I am not here to save you. I help you to harness the energy, fire and powers already brewing within you; allowing the brightest parts of you to shine and take center stage.
I exist to educate you.
I exist to motivate you.
I exist to keep you accountable.
I exist to keep you engaged in your birth and post partum journey.
My vision is to inspire the people I work with to approach their individual experiences wholeheartedly & enthusiastically, with the aim of making way for optimal outcomes & experiences following the birth of their babies.
If you engage me to be your Doula, you can expect us to spend extensive time together in pregnancy; getting to know one another, chatting and working through any concerns, fears or anxieties you or your partner may have. I help you find a care model and care provider who is aligned to your values and supportive of your wishes, plus help put the building blocks in motion to create a birth that feels fulfilling to you. We also work on your birth preferences, explore the powers of positive mindset, as well as encourage your fierce and instinctual mama to come out & play. Even more so, you can expect us to do lots of laughing as we enjoy the beautiful ride from maiden to motherhood.
Regardless of what kind of birth you choose to plan for or what environment it takes place in, as your Doula, you have my unequivocal support with whatever decision you make.
In particular, I am extremely passionate about a few key areas beyond the birth space…
Assisting women and birthing people suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidirum by offering round the clock emotional & physical support to alleviate the conditions of their ordeal.
Night nannying and nursing to allow parents or caregivers maximum time to rest.
Post-partum Doula support to encourage peak emotional, physical and spiritual recovery following the birth of their babies – this includes help with day to day tasks, meal preparation, home tidying, help with siblings, engaging the help of your loved ones, outings, debriefs, etc.
Boutique Doula Support & Services
Engaging me to be your birth Doula entitles you to…
My on-call availability at any time of day or night.
2 x three hour prenatal rendezvous to get the good vibes going.
Phone and email communication from conception through to motherhood.
Labor & Birth attendance.
1 x two hour debrief following your birth.
Access to all my resources and contacts.
One year’s subscription to Rockstar Birth Magazine.
A spot in the Rock Your Birth Academy.
A bundle of herbal medicine and salves specific to pregnancy, birth and the post partum period from Blissful Herbs.
12 gourmet meals and 12 lactation cookies from Your Private Chef, to sustain you in the days after birth.
Premium Client Experiences Available
Breastfeeding support with a dedicated Midwife
Pregnancy & Post Natal Massage
Food & Beverage
Closing The Bones Ceremonies
Mother Roasting Ceremonies
Did you know I offer combined services to suit your needs?
You can opt to add on labour and birth photography, a Fresh 48 session, Placenta Encapsulation and more at a reduced rate as a thank you for bundling your purchases with me.
“When planning the birth of my 2nd child I knew that I had to have the best team backing me. Angela was part of our birthing team. My husband and I knew as soon as we left our first meeting with Angela that she needed to be apart of our journey. Ange has the most amazing addictive energy. Her passion for all things pregnancy and birth is so uplifting and having her there while I laboured at home was so comforting knowing how supported I was. And the images she captured, wow. I am forever grateful for Ange for taking such amazing and powerful photos. Following the birth of my son, I can say, that I am still on cloud 9. I feel like a super woman thanks to Angela and the midwives that empowered me to have the birth I needed and deserved.”Jasmin Groenen
+ What Is A Doula?
Traditionally speaking, a Doula is a companion that supports a woman, both physically & emotionally, in the birth and post-natal period. And although that description sounds super ambiguous (totally know it does!), I will make easy by saying this.
There is no ONE answer for this. Every GREAT Doula I have known, has a unique skills set, offering, personality and energy. So even though the gist of what a Doula is can be summed up in true Wikipedia format up above – what a Doula truly is, what she truly does and what she truly offers varies so much from person to person, mama to mama.
Personally, I see a Doula as the ultimate gentle guide, friend, confidant, supporter & cheerleader. Like the birth version of Jiminy Cricket, Mary Poppins and a Fairy Godmother. I see myself as a chameleon, adapting to surrounding, sounds, people and energy in order to best serve the mothers I work with, tuning into their individual needs at that specific time.
Every laboring woman & mother needs something entirely different. And for this reason alone, I challenge you to explore how YOU perceive the definition of what a Doula does and start there!
+ What Does A Birth Photographer Do?
A Birth Photographer is a professional documentary photographer who specializes in photographing births. They are particularly skilled at shooting in extreme low light conditions, crowded rooms, under stress, with unexpected or quick movements, for undetermined amounts of time etc.
When hired to photograph a birth, I typically shoot the labour, pushing stage, birth and immediate after-birth period for my clients. It is important to capture as many facets of the journey, in order to piece together an authentic & unique representation of your amazing birth story!
I think many people assume birth photography is graphic and gruesome, which makes it difficult to understand why anyone would have their birth photographed.
The truth is that it is about SO much more than that.
First breaths, first kisses, first feedings, first cuddles, first moments as a family, wrinkly toes and sweet almond eyes peering out into a new world.
Birth Photography is a bird’s eye view into the place between life & death. A place where emotions are charged and magic is rife.
Who wouldn’t want to freeze those moments in time, forever?
+ How do you manage to Doula & birth photography at the same time?
With skill, balance, finesse and commitment to doing the best that I can do, with every single mother I work with. More often than not, I can get a very clear idea of which part of my services my clients are prioritizing. I ask questions, we discuss that is more important to them. From here, it is a juggling act where my mind stays sharp. I support the laboring woman and her partner, without fail, and when a brief moment comes up for me to step away and take a great photo – I do. It is something I love to do – multitasking with passion & intent!
+ Do you take on out-of-town clients?
Absolutely! I can travel locally, nationally and internationally so long as travel requirements (transportation, accommodation, stipend, etc.) are met by my client.
+ What are your formal qualifications?
I studied with Australian Doulas & Childbirth International. Am currently re-certifying with Doula Trainings International. I am a proud member of The International Association of Birth Photographers and Australian Birth Photographers. Professional development is something I take very seriously as I am forever striving to be the best version of myself, possible.
+ What time do you usually make your way over in labour?
Depending on the service, I typically make my way over in labour when mama is in active, established labour.
I do this for a number of reasons, most of them being critical to using time & energy efficiently, while making sure the labouring woman’s body is in an environment where her body can function optimally leading up the birth of her child.
That being said, this varies enormously on person to person, the service and their circumstances. There is no set time constraints or limit.