I'm Lesley, wife & mum of 3 little Aussies. I'm Scottish by birth so Australia is my home from home. Coorie-In became my 4th baby during 2021 when the Covid-19 pandemic made us all stay at home and I had extra time to consider where I wanted to grow professionally. Coorie-In is a term from Scots language meaning 'a hug', to get close, to feel safe and to feel loved. All the ingredients we need for a safe and healthy birth as well as the journey into parenthood with our little ones. Choosing professionals to join you on your journey is a huge decision. It is my hope that over a cup of tea we can coorie-in and bring you world class knowledge and education from Lamaze. If you are 1 of the 5 people we know suffer from perinatal mental health difficulties during the joureny to birth, in pregnancy or after birth, please visit the section of the website dedicated to Perinatal Wellness. Coming soon in 2022!
My journey started in 1999 when I studied my first of 2 psychology degrees in Scotland. This was when I realised my deep interest in human behaviour and mental wellbeing. Fast forward to 2011 when I had my first pregnancy at a time where infertility and prolonged TTC was the reality for so many of my friends. In 2012, 2014 and 2017 I had my children with relative ease whilst I watched loved ones try to start their family backdrop of pain, suffering, depression, hope then devastation. Appreciating the tremendous overlap between the journey to parenthood and mental wellbeing, I saw an opportunity in 2017 with Lamaze Australia to become a certified childbirth educator. A way back into the workforce, I hoped to bring my knowledge and experience from studying and working in Scotland to this new phase of my life. I loved training with Lamaze superwoman Tanya Cawthorne in Melbourne and worked with my first family in 2018 in beautiful Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Over the coming 3 years I gained a deeper insight into where childbirth education sits within our healthcare system and what the needs of our birthing families looks like through the eye of the consumer. I've been fortunate to be given a seat at a table or two to represent the view of the consumer and 2021 brought me my biggest challenge when I joined the Advocacy & Collaboration Committee of Lamaze International. Advocating for better access to evidence based education FOR ALL birthing families no matter where you live will always be a passion I have burning away in the background.
2021 saw me return to school at the University of South Australia to complete a Postgrad. in Perinatal Mental Health. Challenging yet confirmation that I am have found my destination and my place within the workforce. I can't wait to get started.
I'm always keen to hear from anyone on the topic of childbirth education, advocacy, consumer representation or research. Please drop me a note and we can have a chat.