Andrea Dickson is the owner of Matrescence Australia, a Full Spectrum Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Service, providing emotional, physical and practical support to women and birthing people no matter the outcome of their pregnancy.
Andrea trained with the Australian Doula College (ADC) and has slowly been adding additional qualifications along the way in Breastfeeding Education, Placenta Encapsulation, stillbirth and infant loss support and was a part of an Australian first, joint pilot program between the ADC and Child by Choice, also holding a qualification as a certified Abortion Doula. In addition, Andrea also works for Red Nose Australia in their Hospital to Home Program part-time as Bereavement Support Worker, assisting families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss (stillbirth, termination for medical reasons, sudden infant death syndrome & sudden and unexpected death of an infant) from 20 weeks gestation up to 12 months of age.
In 2019, along side another bereaved mother, Andrea founded a peer to peer support group for parents who have experienced termination for medical reasons. One of the first of its kind in Australia, the peer to peer group has now provided support, comfort and a safe space to over 130 Australian families. Andrea is passionate about the informed decision making process, ensuring families have all the tools, support resources and information they require to make educated decisions and advocate for themselves and their baby’s in a complex medical maternity system.
Andrea has two living children and uses her advocacy and support work as a way of ‘mothering’ her three other children lost to early pregnancy loss and termination for medical reasons. Her own struggles with infertility, pregnancy loss and the inspiring families she works with on a daily basis are her greatest source of motivation.