Chairperson and QLD Representative
Under The Birch Tree
When Samantha left school she studied Behavioural Science and worked with families here in Australia and overseas. She found it very rewarding leaving families with confidence to move forward and skills to look to a stable happy future. After having her first child in 1993, she dabbled in various things, even furniture design. Though she was always drawn to assisting families and went back to caring for various children that were at risk. She had supported many family and friends through birth though did not know about future roles she would take on. After a very difficult third pregnancy and birth she made the decision to further her skills into the birth world and studied for a year with a very sick baby in tow. In 2010 she became qualified as Birth and Post Natal Doula with the Australian Doula College. Many of her early clients were difficult cases and she gained very valuable experience in the early days.
Always drawn to the placenta, she was asked by a Doula client about placenta encapsulation and made it her new goal to pursue. After a few years establishing her placenta business Under the Birch Tree in Queensland, she was approached by IPEN in 2011 to become their Australian trainer. While Sam Home Educates her children it became difficult to travel to all corners of the country for IPEN and had to take leave of training for them. She hopes to one day return after the children are finished their schooling. Samantha is highly regarded in the Gold Coast Birth community and has built very strong relationships with hospitals, midwives and other birth workers. She is a leader in her field and mentors many placenta encapsulation specialists around the country to bring safety and professionalism to the industry.
Natalie Stokell MA, MTI, ITEC, APPACPAS
Secretary and Treasurer
Originally from New Zealand, Natalie’s background is in Psychology. After completing her Masters in Psychology and Diploma in Gender and Women’s Studies she left to travel the world. She worked and played and volunteered for 10 years in Europe, Turkey, Nepal, India and Central America. While living in the UK she studied Massage Therapy and Pregnancy Massage. In 2009 she moved to Australia with her partner and baby and started to build her massage practice on the Sunshine Coast. When their second child was born in 2012 she discovered Placenta Encapsulation and soon became excited about providing it for others. She qualified firstly with Placenta Benefits and then with APPA. She is passionate about keeping Placenta Encapsulation safe for women within Australia.
Kelly Harper BSc, CPD (CBI)
Founder, SA Representative
With a degree in Microbiology and certification in blood-borne pathogens and food safety, Kelly has been encapsulating placentas in South Australia since 2012 along with supporting women and their families postnatally for many years. As the Founder of Placenta Services Australia, Kelly is dedicated to furthering the self-regulation of this profession, keeping it safe for all along with the promotion of informed choice.
Kelly experienced placenta encapsulation for herself after the birth of her youngest child in 2014 and how it may positively support your postnatal recovery as a busy mother of 4. In her spare time she volunteers for Family by Family, is always studying something and sometimes she sleeps.
UK born Jane’s passion for all things “birth” began when she home-birthed her two daughters in 1995 and 1998. Over the next few years, she moved to Texas USA and whilst raising her two girls, studied with DONA International to become a certified Birth Doula. She was involved with a Teen Pregnancy Support Program and provided Childbirth Education, Birth and Postnatal support to many teenage mothers in a socioeconomically deprived area. Jane moved to Western Australia in 2006 and continued her doula work, ultimately being awarded a Fellowship by DONA International and advancing her doula education with Penny Simkin. Since 2007, Jane has been involved with the education of many families during her role of Childbirth Educator with The Bump WA (formerly Community Midwifery WA) and Administrator of the Community Midwifery Program.
A natural progression into Placenta Encapsulation evolved in 2012 when Jane studied and certified as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with Placenta Benefits. Jane is also very proud to have graduated as a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Arts Specialist with APPA (Association of Placenta Preparation Arts). She maintains her training and competence in Blood Borne Pathogen Safety and Food Safety Handling qualifications on an annual basis. She is also a certified member of The International Institute of Complimentary Therapists and a proud to be a verified member of Placenta Services Australia.