It is vital that everyone has access to psychological support as needed
to ensure the best outcome for them as parents and for their children.

About Melissa Baunton Psychology

The time during conception, pregnancy and the first-year post birth (the perinatal period), can be a particularly vulnerable time both an individual and couple’s life. Adjusting to these changes can take a toll on the mental and emotional wellbeing of parents.

Whilst welcoming a new baby into the family is a joyous experience, it can also be a time filled with various challenges and unexpected emotions such as anxiety, depression, stress, and sadness to name a few. For some these feelings can become overwhelming and have a significant impact on their day to day lives and mental health. While these experiences are difficult, they can be managed and overcome by seeing a perinatal psychologist. You can attend for one or many sessions.

About Melissa

Melissa Baunton completed her Bachelor of Psychology at Murdoch University in 2006. She is a registered psychologist with almost 10 years’ experience working with individuals and couples and is committed to providing a safe and supportive space for all her clients; walking alongside them through whatever challenges they may be facing. She has practiced in both the private and public sector where the majority of her work has been focused on significant life events and the impact of these on mental health and individuals’ capacity to cope.

Melissa was drawn to working in the perinatal space following her own challenges with conception and the impact that this had on her early stages of parenting following birth. As such she is incredibly passionate about helping to normalise the variety of emotional responses and reactions that can be experienced during conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond. It is vital that everyone has access to psychological support as needed to ensure the best outcome for them as parents and for their children.

In addition to her work at Western Obstetrics, Melissa is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors’ Association (ANZICA) and the senior counsellor at Fertility Specialists of Western Australia providing psychological support to individuals and couples undergoing fertility treatment including those exploring alternative pathways to parenthood through donor conception. She is very excited to be part of the Western Obstetrics team and to bring an additional layer of support to our patients.

Outside of work, Melissa loves spending time with her family and friends and getting outdoors in the sunshine. She enjoys travel and experiencing different cultures and is excited to be able to get out exploring the world again soon.


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