“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to”
– Frida Kahlo
Storytelling has always been our peoples medicine. It is what connects us, unites us, heal us. It is what can honour the past but move forward into the future with love and understanding.
Sheree’s Mum will be the first to say that Sheree was born writing and performing. Always with a notebook in hand or making her family sit down and talk and watch her sing songs on her stage she made herself with peppercorn leaves and bark.
Sheree’s storytelling is more than a passion. It is her life, her ancestory, her legacy. In 2012, she set up her own publishing company ‘Birthsong Press’ and self published her first book ‘The Wild Rainbow – woman, mother and sage femme’, a compiled book with over 30 contributors that is raw storytelling of womens experiences. 2015 saw the publication of a co-created book with fellow midwife sister, Jacinta Cross, titled ‘Labyrinth of half eaten stars’ – a book of poetry and prose around trauma, resilience and recovery.
Sheree works managing the Koori Maternity Service at Western Health. This means she supports all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who come through Western Health to have their babies, including women who are pregnant and incarcerated. Her role includes advocacy and support for families who enter the medical system or who have child protection involvement. Many families are not comfortable with hospital systems because of bad past experiences or intergenerational trauma. Our hospital systems still have a lot to answer for when it comes to acknolwedgeing some horrific practices around forced removal of Aboriginal babies in the Stolen Generation.
Sheree also works privately with her own business Birthsong which was founded in 2008. Birthsong is a service for families expecting a baby and has a whole range of specialties to offer. Some of these include:
Based in Melbourne, Victoria
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