Home birth Photography, Melbourne

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Bree has supported me through three pregnancies. Her knowledge, support and images are out of this world. I feel so blessed to have her enhance my birthing experiences. Everyone needs Bree at their births.

Doula support, Melbourne

Paige

Mother holding baby moments after birth at Melbourne hospital captured by Bree Downes

It’s taken a little while to write this review as I honestly don't know where to start. Bree is so very special and is incredibly gifted at what she does. Through the process of working with her (although never for one second did it feel like she was just doing a job!) we felt like we were in the presence of a dear friend. A friend who knows her stuff, is non-judgmental, has lots of guts and a wicked sense of humour. I was in the late stages of pregnancy with a posterior baby when I contacted Bree. As soon as we met her my feelings of anxiousness and overwhelm dissipated and I began to feel equipped and actually excited for the birth of our first baby.

Bree supported, encouraged and seamlessly advocated for both me and my partner throughout the birth of our daughter. Her skill, warmth and care made it the most incredible birth. It was scary and it was difficult for both me and my partner, but in my most raw moments I looked at her and she honestly gave me what I needed to carry on. As a result, we were able to welcome our little girl into the world in the way that we had both hoped. We are forever grateful to Bree for that. It was the most amazing experience of my life.

Mother looking up at partner moments while holding her baby moments after birth

Doula and Birth Photography

Morgan

Engaging Bree as our Doula for the pregnancy and birth of our first born (two months ago) was the best decision we could have made. Not only did she educate and guide us, but she acted as the greatest support during what could have been the most overwhelming time, but was instead the most beautiful. Her practice is completely evidence based which, as a midwife, was important to me. My husband and I went into labour feeling confident and prepared after meeting with Bree during the pregnancy and her beautiful nature made us feel like we'd always known her- I can't imagine having another baby without Bree with us.

Birth support and photography

Hayley

First cuddles of newborn after birth while baby lays on mothers chest

It's hard to find the words to sum up how wonderful our experience of having Bree as our doula & photographer was. From our first inquiry, she was thorough, organised and professional, and took the time to get to know us as individuals with warmth & compassion. She helped us prepare for our birth & parenting journey with practical skills, wisdom & genuine care; the time just flew by at every meeting. Even as a midwife myself, I learned so much from Bree - she's incredibly knowledgeable & experienced in all the nuances of birth & supporting pregnant parents.

She brought exactly the sort of calm, unwavering support to our birth space that we needed, and captured the most precious memories of pregnancy, birth & newborn life for us to cherish forever. We have immense gratitude for Bree & couldn't imagine a more perfect doula/photographer. We can't wait to see her again as our family grows in the future, she is truly one-of-a-kind.

Hospital doula support, Melbourne

Lily

peaceful mother holding newborn to chest with her eyes closed

Bree supported us throughout the pregnancy and birth of our son. Her support went above and beyond what I could have ever imagined, for that I will be forever grateful.

I went into this scared and unsure of the process, I came out of it feeling empowered, with a wealth of knowledge about my body, labour, and birth. I can now look back at the experience knowing the choices I made were the right ones for me and my baby.

Bree held my hand and encouraged me throughout the most challenging experience of my life. She knew what to do in the moment and made us all feel safe, the dynamic in the birth suite just worked, everyone had their role and each was just as important. We can’t imagine doing it without you Bree!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.