Jess Permezel

Jess Permezel

Midwife / Childbirth Educator


  • Bachelor of Midwifery (2017)
  • Birthing Wisdom with Rhea Dempsey (2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) (2005)


I started in the birthing world as a birth attendant, trained by the inimitable Rhea Dempsey. Previous to that, I had a career in community development, working in women’s organisations around issues such as parenting, poverty and family violence. Soon after becoming a birth attendant, I developed a passion for education and have been teaching with My Midwives Melbourne since its inception. I completed my midwifery studies in 2017 and am now enjoying the fast pace of a busy and diverse maternity unit, as a graduate midwife.

Midwifery Interests

My passion for birth came as a result of the magnificent birth of my first child in 2008. Since then I have worked keenly on issues of access to quality midwifery care for all women and birthing people. I am committed to working towards health equity for all birthing people and have a particular interest in working with the LGBTIQ+ community. I also enjoy delivering professional development for other midwives and perinatal care providers, around culturally safe of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Other Interests

I have two delightful children who I co-parent with their other mum. I’m an obsessive researcher and read endlessly about midwifery and public health issues. I enjoy a very urban life and am constantly thrilled by the richness afforded to me as an inner Melbourne dweller – the food, the arts, the cultural opportunities. I love it all.

Melbourne Team