Jenny is a Craniosacral Therapist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Empath.
Jenny lives in the Perth Hills with her two sons. Her experiences with a high-intervention, traumatic first birth, home birth (second time round) and parenting her second child with cows milk protein intolerance (CMPI) have shaped her both personally and professionally.
She was inspired to help other mothers with breastfeeding after experiencing outdated and undermining breastfeeding advice with her first child. She became a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, running groups and volunteering on the national breastfeeding helpline. As a registered nurse, she was able to turn this passion into a qualification as a Lactation Consultant (with experience in the hospital setting). Realising that services for tongue tie were scarce she established a tongue tie clinic at Baby Steps Health Centre in collaboration with a GP.
Relevant past experience includes nursing in paediatric and GP clinics as well as in the area of mental health. She also assists in the organisation of many breastfeeding conferences around Australia and online working for Breastfeeding Conferences. In this role she met thought leaders in the breastfeeding field, stayed up to date with research and gained valuable knowledge in the art and science of breastfeeding.
She is constantly inspired by the breastfeeding women and babies she works with and has learned a great deal about individual breastfeeding challenges. She found her way to craniosacral therapy after it became clear that many breastfeeding challenges were unresponsive to usual lactation consulting strategies. Many mothers were trying their best with a baby that was not capable of effective breastfeeding, often because unresolved birth trauma (incl a dysregulated nervous system) was getting in the way of babies feeding well. Jenny travelled to Melbourne over a two year period to study biodynamic craniosacral therapy and completed the diploma course with Body Intelligence in 2019. Combining this holistic, gentle therapy with lactation support supports babies to breastfeed more easily.
While she specialises in babies and the post-natal period, Jenny is trained to treat adults and children. Cranio is beneficial for all ages.