Marissa Drenen

Warragul VIC
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Welcome! My name is Marissa,
My passion is to work with new mothers and help you navigate your way through one of the most redefining moments of your life — motherhood.
My goal is to relieve some of the daily pressures for your family during the postnatal period by providing services so that you can focus on the other challenges new additions to your family bring – feeding demands, hormonal shifts, physical and emotional changes, and navigating the changes to your relationship as new parents.
Perhaps you are also tending to older siblings at home and supporting their adjustment to life with a new baby. I am simply here to help make life a little easier so you can focus on what is truly important at this time.

I am a postpartum doula and Registered Nurse living in Warragul, Victoria. I live with my husband, daughter and son and we love exploring Gippsland, hiking up local mountains, growing vegetables in our garden and discovering new playgrounds in our neighbourhood.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Australian Catholic University Melbourne, and am a certified postpartum professional with Newborn Mothers Collective. I am also an accredited Mental health First aider with Mindful Aus.
I breastfed both of my children and came across many challenges throughout the journey, like latching issues, mastitis, engorgement, nipple vasospasm, challenges commencing work and I can offer help and guidance with your breast-feeding journey. Plus, if needed I will refer you to lactation professionals, general practitioners etc. if it is out of my scope of knowledge.

My training with Amberley at Maternal Instincts has been an amazing opportunity to build my skills and resources to manage most issues that arise in the early weeks of breastfeeding your beautiful newborn. If breastfeeding is just not the right fit for you and your baby, your mental health is absolute priority. I am able to help you guide through this and any other aspects of feeding. A happy mum = A happy family.
Postpartum is a sacred window of time to heal, recover and reinvent yourself from woman to mother. Your only two jobs during this sacred time is to learn to breastfeed and fall in love.

I created Maternal Connection after the birth of my second child, I was drawn to work with mothers because of my own challenging journey into motherhood. I was totally blindsided when I had my first baby, I had little support (plus couldn’t ask for help), was isolated, exhausted, overwhelmed by so many opinions about parenthood and my husband and I quickly unraveled emotionally, physically and mentally. Over the following years as I did the hard work to assemble myself back together with professional help, I felt a desire to help other mothers through their early stages of motherhood and avoid these struggles I faced which do not have to be the norm for all mothers. I want to guide and connect with mothers to help them feel empowered and be confident to follow their intuition. You have all the answers within you and I’m here to help you hear them louder as your number one supporter.

I offer in-home emotional and practical support through my Postpartum Care Packages, servicing West Gippsland area


Name Marissa Drenen
Business Name Maternal Connection - Caring for Mothers
Instagram Page @maternal.connection
Email marissa@maternalconnection.com.au
Doula since 2020
Services and Pricing information

PACKAGE ONE:
2 X 2 hour pre-natal visits
6 X 3 hour post-natal visits within the first 12 weeks - total 18 hours.
Unlimited text and voice message support from time of booking until 12 weeks postpartum, Monday to Friday
Weekly online access to midwife Amberley Harris’ Breastfeeding Videos to help you breastfeed with confidence
One hour In-home Breastfeeding support on day 3, 5, 7, to observe feeds, learning skills to latch, breastfeeding positions, establishing breast milk supply, baby settling techniques
Light cleaning - clean bed sheets every visit, washing folded, kitchen tidied
Warm and nourishing meals prepared in your home, designed for postpartum
Postpartum Gift basket for Mother
6 Candid photos of you and your baby plus partner in those precious first weeks. I am a photography student with Tim Coulson

PACKAGE TWO
1 X 2 hour pre-natal visit
3 X 3 hour post-natal visits within first 12 weeks - total 9 hours
Weekly text and voice message support from time of booking until 12 weeks postpartum, Monday to Friday
Lifetime online access to midwife Amberley Harris’ Breastfeeding Videos to help you breastfeed confidently
Light cleaning - clean bed sheets every visit, washing folded, kitchen tidied
Warm and nourishing meals prepared in your home, designed for postpartum
3 Candid photos of you and your baby plus partner in those precious first weeks.

PACKAGE THREE
1 x 30 minute call to discuss support needed on your visit
You will enjoy One Visit of 3 hours in home support.
Many families benefit from weekly or twice weekly in home visits for the first 6 weeks Postpartum
Light cleaning - whatever you need done on the day
A great option for a premium postpartum gift idea from family or friends
2 Candid photos of you and your baby.

Services
Doula
Postnatal Visits
Postnatal - Birth Debriefing
Postnatal - Breastfeeding support
Postnatal - Sleep and settling support
Postnatal - Infant Massage
Country Australia
State/Province Victoria
distance: 1,833 Kilometers
Address Warragul VIC
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