Advocacy

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:

  • pregnancy, birth and/or postpartum services
  • yarning circles / motherway rituals
  • placenta encapsulation
  • art therapy
  • welcome baby to country ceremonies
  • support and advocacy within hospital / court settings
  • referrals to other services