Doctor Erin Bowe
Macedon Ranges Clinical & Perinatal Psychologist
Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner
Hi, I'm Dr Erin Bowe. I'm a Clinical/Perinatal Psychologist, freelance writer, and general birth nerd living in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria. I am a Mum to one happy little Hypnobub, and have another on the way, so I'm chronically sleep deprived, but I shuffle my work time between pregnancy and general counselling, birth trauma debriefing, psychologist supervision, and teaching Hypnobirthing Australia classes. As a freelance writer, I write about pregnancy, parenting, child/adolescent mental health, relationships and women’s health. I also provide expert comment for media articles.
I have over 10 years experience working in private practice assisting women and families with perinatal support before and during pregnancy, and even postpartum with parent coaching and child/adolescent mental health. I love helping women with the general guilt-fest that is mothering.
I've always enjoyed variety in work, and my logo, a hydrangea was designed to reflect this. The flower symbolises heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. Whether it's psychology work, teaching hypnobirthing, mentoring students or writing, I bring passion to what I do.
When something is a passion, I think we tend to filter the way in which we see the world through that passion. I had this confirmed only recently when one of my friends posted an article on
Facebook that peaked my interest. The title was something like 'Gas or Induction - which method is best?'. Being a single, hipster guy in his 50s, I was initially a little surprised he'd posted
an article about birth, but I was intrigued. See, I'd just automatically assumed it was about birth and not cook-tops...oops.
I grew up on the apple isle in a city (yes, technically Devonport is a city) once described by Lonely Planet as a “sedentary, mildly menacing place”. I then moved to Hobart for university where I managed to live in not just one, but two houses where a murder-suicide was committed. I finally made the decision to move from St Kilda to the country when I came home one day, exhausted and suffering with morning sickness to find not just one but five men urinating on my front gate!
Sadly, I can only speak one language but convince myself I can actually speak two, because I don't need the subtitles on for Ken Loach movies. I grew up playing English interpreter for Glaswegian parents, but I cannot roll my ‘R’s.
My experience in psychology is pretty wide ranging. I've worked with people as young as 9 months and as old as 90 years. There have been mums, murderers, Olympic athletes, chess champions, sex workers, and CEOs. I believe that everyone has a story, and am always interested in listening to yours.
Photo by Adam Brentnall