Conversation: Mothering and Small Business


Motherhood and small business ownership can feel like competing concepts. How do you navigate children and your practice in a way that fosters flow, authenticity and reduces feelings of failure and anxiety? 

Join Lael Stone, Bernadette Lack and Yara Heary, experts in parenting and post-partum, and successful business owners in their own right, for this open conversation hosted by Stackwood co-owner Emma Williamson.

Emma was recently was awarded 2023 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize by the Australian Institute of Architects, and brings her own vast experience in navigating business and family life to our chat. 

We'll have a short panel discussion and lots of time for questions to follow.

A part of the Stackwood School which aims to support Perth's creative community to build thriving and sustainable business. See what's coming up here.

Lael and Bernadette are in Perth as a part of their sold out workshop series at Stackwood this April.

About Lael Stone

Lael Stone is a speaker, educator and author. Lael began working in childbirth education and postnatal care – working with couples through pregnancy, birth and the first few years of parenting as a Doula, Calmbirth® Practitioner and Postnatal trauma Counsellor. Working in this field showed Lael the importance of connection and trust. Lael now works across Birth Education, Aware Parenting, Sex Education and has a prolific body of work behind her. Lael is a successful business owner in her own right.  

About Bernadette Lack

Bernadette Lack is a midwife, personal trainer, wife, mother and published author. Since 2007 she has worked as a midwife across Australia and overseas. B has worked in a variety of settings from remote Aboriginal communities to large city hospitals and homebirth. She holds a Bachelor of Midwifery with honours and a Master of Public Health. B received the Sidney Sax medal for best overall performance in her masters. She aims to complete her PhD on the outcomes of her Core and Floor Restore Course - which has helped thousands of women to heal their pelvic floor post-partum, and in all seasons of life. 

About Yara Heary

Yara Heary is a Walyalup (Fremantle) based psychologist and founder of Life After Birth Psychology. Yara's work encompasses online therapy, coaching & support for women throughout their mothering journey. Her aim is to help women grow, heal, and connect with their authentic self as they mother.  Yara hosts a podcast which features conversations with experts, activists, and change makers in the mothering/motherhood field about their lived experiences of becoming a mother and their journeys so far. 

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Photo 1 & 3 by Bo Wong. Photo 2 courtesy of Lael Stone/Bernadette Lack. 

Workshops at Stackwood

Meet new people + practice presence while learning a valuable craft or skill.

Curated workshops are held in our beautiful, light-filled hall, and
range from gardening knowhow to pottery, wood carving to cooking. Enjoy learning new — or indeed old — skills, and leave with a lovely object of your own making.