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My Midwives Brisbane

Liz Wilkes

Managing Director / Midwife
Liz-Wilkes

Liz Wilkes


Education

  • Diploma of Health Science Newcastle University 1989-1991
  • Bachelor of Nursing University of New England 1993
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Newcastle University 1994-1995
  • Graduate Certificate Midwifery (Prescribing) Flinders University 2012.
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Griffith University 2016-current

Experience

  • Midwife since 1995, expert clinician with private practice experience for the last 13 years
  • In first group of Medicare midwives in Australia
  • Extensive policy, regulatory, professional and education background including Adjunct Associate Professor Griffith University

Midwifery Interest

My goal is to ensure that every woman in Australia has a midwife who she knows providing care in birth. Lots of women also need an obstetrician as well and my other aim is the obstetricians and midwives work really well together when needed.

I am passionate that every woman feels informed, safe, respected and cared for during this special time in her life.

Other Interest

My family are vital, I have two amazing teenage sons and a younger daughter who I love with all my heart.

I work really hard because I love what I do, but I love spending time at home, travel, good friends and relaxing.

Karen Hollindale

Karen Hollindale

Director / Midwife
Karen Hollindale

Karen Hollindale


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing - QUT QLD 1994
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery - ACU QLD 2000
  • raduate Certificate in Midwifery - Flinders University SA 2013

Experience

I have been a Registered Nurse for 20 years, but always wanted to be a midwife! After the birth of my first 2 children, I studied enthusiastically and have practiced as a midwife for the last 16 years. I have worked in all areas of midwifery at a variety of hospitals on the north side of Brisbane and have worked in a continuity of care models at both Caboolture Hospital and also at the Birth Centre at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. I have been in private practice since 2012 with a small practice until joining My Midwives as a Director in December 2015. I have loved the relationships I get to develop with families and especially love supporting women during their birth journey.

Midwifery Interests

I believe that midwifery provides the opportunity to empower women about their potential to immerse themselves in their birthing journey, and enables them to make informed choices best suited to themselves and their families needs. As midwives, I believe we should be mindful, respectful and supportive of the dynamic changes that new life brings to the family unit, whilst still being in awe of the miracle of birth!

I LOVED all of my births – I felt supported and educated by my midwives to make the right choices for my family and myself! I hope that in my new role as a private practicing eligible midwife, I can offer the same level of advice and support to women and their families as they go through the wonderful journey of pregnancy and birth!

Personal Interests

I love spending time with my husband and 3 teenage children going camping, water skiing and watching them play a sport. I also enjoy reading and sewing and having some quiet time to myself!

Meredith Lovegrove

Meredith Lovegrove

Midwife and Lactation Consultant
Meredith Lovegrove

Meredith Lovegrove


Education

  • Registered Nurse, Hospital based training, Toowoomba Hospital, 1975
  • Registered Midwife, Hospital based training, Rockhampton Hospital, 1976
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 1993 -2018
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), CQUniversity, 1997
  • Grad Certificate Child & Family Health, NSW College of Nursing, 1999
  • Grad Certificate in Health Management, QUT, 2007
  • Master of Midwifery Studies, University of Newcastle, 2011
  • Pharmacology and Prescribing for Midwives, Griffith University, 2014

Experience

I have worked for many years as a Midwife, Midwifery Educator and Lactation Consultant in a busy regional hospital in Central Queensland, with a small time spent working in Dunedin, New Zealand, as a Core Midwife. In these settings I have provided care across the full scope of midwifery practice for women and their babies. I love being a Midwife!!!

I strongly believe in the benefit of education and information for women as well as midwives. In 2016, I commenced working as a Private Midwife in Central Queensland – an incredibly satisfying change of direction, one which I am able to continue to pursue with My Midwives, Brisbane North.

Midwifery Interest

A resolute trust in the physiology of normal birth, together with my belief that education and support have an incredibly positive impact for women during their pregnancy, labour and birth, enables me to work ‘with women’, ensuring they in control of their care. In the past few years, I have cared for an increasing number of women who have been traumatised by their previous birth experience…. listening to and acknowledging their journey while providing continuity of care enables many women to positively transform from their previous events.

Other Interests

I love spending time with my family (three daughters) and catching up with what they are doing. Also enjoy getting out ‘in nature’, gardening and especially hiking in snow covered mountains, but ‘escaping ’with a good book is another guilty pleasure.

Michelle Warriner

Michelle Warriner

Midwife
Michelle Warriner

Michelle Warriner


Education

  • Certificate of Beauty Therapy- Including pregnancy Massage-2003
  • Bachelor of Nursing -2007
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery- 2009
  • HypnoBirthing Certificate. Marie Mongan Method-2012
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Flinders University 2012. Eligible Midwife, Prescribing rights. AHPRAH endorsed scheduled medicines. Experience

Experience

I have been lucky to have had many midwifery experiences in my career ranging from a; remote midwife in an aboriginal community in WA, caring for women with high risk pregnancies in a tertiary hospital, mentoring the next generation of midwives, supporting young women to become mothers, I have been and am a home birth midwife and one of the lucky few first eligible private practicing midwives in Australia. I have also recently become a mother myself to a beautiful little girl who brings a smile to my face every day.

Midwifery Interest

Being a midwife is a large part of who I am, midwifery is my lifelong passion and makes me a better person each day walking beside women and their families. I love building trusting, nurturing, respectful, safe, informative and caring relationships with the women and the families I care for.

Other Interests

I love spending time with my husband, my wonderful family and friends. These people light up my life. I love to sing, eat amazing food, travel and read a good book.

Asha Ferguson

Asha Ferguson

Midwife / Childbirth Educator
Asha Ferguson

Asha Ferguson


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing, Griffith University, Brisbane 1994-1996
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, QUT, Brisbane 1999

Experience

I have always worked with families, initially as a nanny when I first left school, then as a Maternity Nurse caring for newborns and families in London. I studied Nursing as means to get to my real passion-midwifery. Since 1999 I have worked as a midwife at a major teaching hospital in Melbourne. During this time I worked in the Team Midwifery model of care as well as at the birth centre. More recently I worked as a Research Midwife collecting cord blood for research into pre-eclampsia. Having taken a break from midwifery since moving back to Brisbane in 2013 I am now refreshing my knowledge and diversifying my skills at My Midwives with the goal of becoming a Private Midwife in the future.

Midwifery Interest

I always want to provide high quality, family-centered care in a nurturing environment. I had incredible and enjoyable birth experiences with midwives when having my own children and I would love to help other people have great options and experiences too.

Other Interests

I have three fantastic kids and I really enjoy all the ups and downs they bring! I spend most of my spare time in the car, driving to/from school and sports but a hot bath with a good book at the end of the day is my happy place.

Lauren Ruthenberg

Lauren Ruthenberg

Midwife / Childbirth Educator
Lauren Ruthenberg

Lauren Ruthenberg


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing 2008- UQ QLD 2008
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery- CQU QLD 2012
  • Prescribing for Midwives course- Griffith University QLD (currently completing 2018)

Experience

I knew I wanted to be in the nursing/midwifery profession from the time I was 14 years old. To gain some life experience, I studied nursing first and worked in the fields of women’s health and neonatal care at the RBWH before completing my midwifery studies. Once qualified as a midwife, I worked at North West Private Hospital where I learnt to become more independent in my practice, due to the nature of working in a smaller setting. Since 2015 I have been back at RBWH, broadening my knowledge and finding my home and passion in birth suite.

Midwifery Interest

I have been fascinated by all things birth since I discovered the book “Where Do Babies Come From” when I was about 6 years old. I had always loved hearing my mother’s 4 birth stories also. I find that caring for women and providing them with a safe, loving and empowering birth space and pregnancy journey comes naturally to me. I don’t think there is anything more powerful than watching a woman rock her birth- however that may be.

I was blessed to have an My Midwives midwife care for me during my pregnancy and birth in 2016. This experience reaffirmed why I chose to become a midwife and why I will continue to strive to provide this care to all women I am involved with. My goal is to normalise birth. To share the beautiful stories. To ensure that girls growing up view birth in a positive light and look forward to it with excitement and joy.

Other Interests

My little family and I enjoy travelling- be it trips overseas to favourite places such as Japan, or a quiet weekend in Stanthorpe. I also really love baking when I get the chance!

Ashleigh Ford

Ashleigh Ford

Childbirth Educator
Ashleigh Ford

Ashleigh Ford


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery 2012

Experience

Following my graduation in 2012, I accepted an opportunity in Rockhampton where I discovered my love for midwifery. Since then I have worked in a variety of settings across Brisbane and developed my experience across all areas of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

Recently I made the move to a continuity of care model and absolutely love it! I am looking forward to bringing all of my knowledge and enthusiasm for pregnancy, birth and babies to my work with My Midwives.

I am a new mother to a gorgeous little boy, Leif, who was born at the end of 2017. This experience has definitely changed who I am as a midwife and has further opened my eyes to just how wonderful and amazing pregnancy and birth can be.

Midwifery Interest

I am really passionate about informed choice. I strongly believe in the power of knowledge and partnering with women and their families to help them achieve their best experience possible. I love helping families and feel privileged to have the opportunity to share such amazing time in their lives.

Other Interests

With my little boy Leif and husband Chris, I love spending time together and with our families and friends. When there is a break from being a new mum, which isn’t often yet. I love working on craft projects as a creative outlet and playing video games.

Samantha Jones

Administration / Accounts Manager
Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones


I have been interested in accountancy and bookkeeping for over 10 years and have worked with my husband running our small business whilst my 2 children were small. I joined the team at My Midwives Brisbane North in April 2016 as Practice Manager and enjoy getting to know the women and families during their time at the practice.

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children. We love camping and fishing and spending time in our boat. I also enjoy playing netball. I love watching rugby league, reading and catching up with family and friends.

My Midwives Toowoomba

Liz Wilkes

Managing Director / Midwife
Liz-Wilkes

Liz Wilkes


Education

  • Diploma of Health Science Newcastle University 1989-1991
  • Bachelor of Nursing University of New England 1993
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Newcastle University 1994-1995
  • Graduate Certificate Midwifery (Prescribing) Flinders University 2012.
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Griffith University 2016-current

Experience

  • Midwife since 1995, expert clinician with private practice experience for the last 13 years
  • In first group of Medicare midwives in Australia
  • Extensive policy, regulatory, professional and education background including Adjunct Associate Professor Griffith University

Midwifery Interest

My goal is to ensure that every woman in Australia has a midwife who she knows providing care in birth. Lots of women also need an obstetrician as well and my other aim is the obstetricians and midwives work really well together when needed.

I am passionate that every woman feels informed, safe, respected and cared for during this special time in her life.

Other Interest

My family are vital, I have two amazing teenage sons and a younger daughter who I love with all my heart.

I work really hard because I love what I do, but I love spending time at home, travel, good friends and relaxing.

Ros Beard

Ros Beard

Director / Midwife
Ros Beard

Ros Beard


Education

  • St. Saviours College Toowoomba
  • Toowoomba Hospital
  • Nursing and Midwifery Training from 1971-1974
  • Lactation consultant 2007

Experience

Mainstream maternity unit
Neonatal special care nursery
Antenatal and Postnatal care in maternity Unit
Midwife Group Practice continuity of care

Midwifery Interest

I love all aspects of midwifery care.To be able to share in a family’s birth and parenting journey is an absolute privilege.

Other Interests

My other joys in life are my family especially my grand babies ( the whole five of them) my garden and when able my quilting day with friends.

Sharon Dalton

Director / Midwife
Sharon Dalton

Sharon Dalton


Education

  • Hospital Based Diploma General Nursing – Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. WA. 1984
  • Post Graduate Course Midwifery – King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women. WA. 1988
  • Bachelor of Nursing – Edith Cowan University. WA. 1993
  • Master of Midwifery – University of Southern Queensland. QLD. 2008
  • Graduate Certificate in Midwifery – Flinders University. SA. 2013

Experience

Midwifery has been a large part of my life for more than 25 years. During this time I have worked in both high and low risk hospital settings, providing all aspects of midwifery care, with an emphasis on birth. From 2006 until 2011 I was privileged to work with many women and their families, providing one-on-one care at the Gold Coast Birth Centre. This included pregnancy care, promoting normal birth, water birthing, use of complementary therapies and developing extensive breastfeeding skills for 6 weeks post-birth. I have been in private practice since 2011 and whilst I love the beauty and serenity of attending home births, I also gain enormous satisfaction from supporting clients to achieve their ideal births within a hospital setting, such as those wishing to VBAC.

Midwifery Interest

I believe each woman, regardless of how complex her pregnancy may be, deserves personalised care from a midwife whom she knows well and trusts throughout her birthing journey. I also believe it is my role to provide up-to-date, accurate information so that each woman can make informed choices. This allows her to achieve the most positive pregnancy and birth experience, whether in a hospital setting supported by her midwife and an Obstetrician, or with midwives at home.

Other Interests

Outside of midwifery I really enjoy weekends in the sun, catching up with family and friends, walking on my favourite gold coast beaches and listening to my musician

Kelly Law

Kelly Law

Midwife
Kelly Law

Kelly Law


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, 2001-2003
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, Queensland University of Technolgy, 2009
  • Currently undertaking Prescribing for Midwives, Griffith University, 2017

Experience

I have been a practising Midwife for the last 6 years and in that time I have worked across the midwifery continuum. I have worked in both Tertiary and Rural Midwifery in different locations across Queensland and discovered my passion for continuity Midwifery while working as a Caseload Midwife in my hometown of Longreach for 3 years.

Midwife Interest

Fundamentally my view and belief of Midwifery is to be ‘with women’. The physiological process of childbirth is an instinctive, primal experience that has its own rhythm and pace and is perfectly designed by nature to bring babies into the world. To be with women in their multifaceted journey, through a time that can only be described as one of the most pivotal events in a woman’s life, is both an honour and a privilege. As a midwife, it is my role to guide, inform and support a woman in her transformation to motherhood ensuring the safety of both mother and child during this transition.

Other Interest

They say you can take the girl out of the country but…! Outside of work you will find me somewhere outside admiring nature and happily snapping away with my camera or helping friends on their farms. My husband and I love to travel and so often our time off will have us going on adventures of all descriptions. My moto: Laugh loudly, love completely and sing like no one is listening!

Currently on Maternity Leave

Charmaine Northey

Midwife
Charmaine Northey

Charmaine Northey


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing, Central Queensland University 2010
  • Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland 2015
  • Currently undertaking Prescribing for Midwives, Griffith University 2017

Experience

I completed my training at Ipswich General Hospital and then commenced at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and the Mater Mothers Hospital in Brisbane where I was able to care for many women including those with complex or high risk pregnancies. My partner and I moved to Toowoomba last year with 6 of our children where I have been working within a private hospital until joining My Midwives.

Midwifery Interest

I have a deep passion for all things pregnancy and birth. Empowering, educating and advocating for women is what makes me tick. Working in partnership with women and their families during pregnancy, birth and beyond is an absolute privilege. My primary role as a midwife is to inform and support women as they transition safely into motherhood.

Other Interests

I am a mum first and foremost so my interests are largely focused around my children and their busy lives. I enjoy days out exploring our beautiful country with my partner in our 4wd or on our JetSki but also enjoy days at home watching a good movie under a warm blanket.

Jessica Thomas

Midwife
Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing & Bachelor of Midwifery, University of Queensland, 2014.
  • Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education & Management, Southern Cross University, 2017.
  • Currently undertaking Prescribing for Midwives, Griffith University, 2018.

Experience

After completing my midwifery education, I worked as a registered midwife in Ipswich hospital across all areas of the midwifery continuum – from antenatal, to birth suite, postnatal and back again! I also have experience with gestational diabetes.

Midwifery Interest

I have always been drawn to the dream of one-on-one midwifery care. I feel incredibly privileged to hold space for women in my care, especially in the antenatal and birthing periods, and to support her transition into motherhood and family life.

Other Interest

When I am not wearing my midwife hat, I can be found playing ponies with my three horses, playing online games with my husband, or pretending I can crochet anything other than a lopsided granny square!

Hannah Currie

Graduate Midwife
Hannah Currie

Hannah Currie


Education

  • Bachelor of Midwifery - Griffith University 2018
  • Graduate Certificate Careers Counselling - RMIT 2004
  • Bachelor of Art (Welfare & Communication) - Central Qld University 1995

Experience

Throughout my Midwifery degree I have had the privilege of journeying with over 30 women in pregnancy, birth and postnatally. A large part of my clinical training has been undertaken at My Midwives under the guidance of inspiring and passionate midwives, something I am eternally grateful for. This period of learning has reinforced my knowledge that women are strong and resilient despite where their journey takes them.

Mdwifery Interests

My belief is that every woman deserves midwifery care which involves a known midwife who practices using evidence based philosophies and sees birth as a normal life event. Midwifery should offer women and their families an opportunity to connect with their primary care provider so they feel informed, nurtured and respected.

Other Interests

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and the beach but my greatest joy is spending time with my husband and 3 teenage sons.

Shelley Ford

Graduate Midwife
Shelley Ford

Shelley Ford


Education

  • Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons), University of Queensland, 2005
  • Bachelor of Midwifery, Griffith University, graduate Dec 2018

Experience

Whilst my previous working life was spent conducting ecological work in rural and remote areas, after the birth of our second baby, I just couldn’t shake off the little (loud!) voice inside which kept telling me I was meant to be a midwife. Over the last four years I have had the pleasure of supporting women and their families across the childbirth continuum in both public and private sectors. I love what I do and get so much satisfaction and joy from midwifery. Learning from my amazing mentors and from the women I support continues to shape me as a mother and midwife.

Mdwifery Interests

I have seen first hand, both personally and professionally, how the relationship between a woman and a known midwife has the potential to not only provide a safe, nurturing environment for women to be guided through pregnancy, birth and those early mothering days but also how far-reaching good support during this time can be. I am totally committed to ensuring that I provide this good support through safe, evidence-based care which is personalised for each woman and family.

Other Interests

With three small children and a farmer husband, most of my spare time revolves around making sure we all get quality time together as a family. We love to spend time outside fishing and camping. In saying that, alone time on a beach with an interesting book is my idea of great time!

Jo Holles

Graduate Midwife
Jo Holles

Jo Holles


Education

I have been studying at Griffith University and will be graduating from my Bachelor of Midwifery degree in December of 2018.

Experience

My past working experience has always been based in fields where interpersonal relationships are important. During my midwifery education, I have worked at Toowoomba Base Hospital and My Midwives which have both been incredibly rich and rewarding experiences.

Midwifery Interest

I believe that every woman and family can benefit greatly from having their own midwife. There are many paths to parenthood, with each birthing woman holding her own unique culture, values and needs. I value each woman’s right to personalised, respectful care and the experience of being truly heard. I respect each women’s journey, from their own birth, through to the point that they access to care to welcome their own baby, their birth, and their growing into a new mother and family unit. I believe in my ability to step out of my own knowledge and to collaborate with other health professionals as needed. It is such a joy and privilege to walk with women through their ever-changing journey of pregnancy and early motherhood.

Other Interest

When I am not doing what I love in the midwifery world, I enjoy spending time with my little family, and my best friend who also happens to be my husband. I am a mother of three amazing, fun and very loud little girls, who constantly amaze me. I sometimes fit in reading and drawing in there too.

Claire Eiser

Reg Nurse / Maternal Child Health
Claire Eiser

Claire Eiser


Education

  • Graduated Downlands College 1998
  • Bachelor of Nursing at University of Southern Queensland 2002
  • Graduate Certificate in Paediatric, Child, Youth and Family Health 2006
  • Became local Parentmedic Ambassador for The Parentmedic Movement 2017

Experience

Completed my postgraduate nursing program at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

Moved back to Toowoomba following the birth of my second child. Since our return to Toowoomba, I have worked for Queensland Health Child Health, as a Paediatric Nurse on St Gabriel’s Ward at St Vincent’s Hospital. Most recently I was the principal Child Health Nurse for Carbal Medical Service in their New Directions program, which supports Indigenous women throughout their pregnancy and postnatal period.

Midwifery Interest

I launched After the Bump Child Health almost two years ago. My own experiences as a young mother, away from social support lead me to want to create my business, to provide accessible, mobile or clinic-based support to mothers, fathers and all caregivers. I am excited to be able to bring After the Bump Child Health to My Midwives and contribute to the amazing work they do support women, their partners and families.

Other Interest

My Husband and I both grew up in Toowoomba and wanted to raise our family here. I am a mum of 4 kids, 1 boy 15yrs and 3 girls aged 12,8,6years. This keeps me pretty busy on weekends with their love of soccer, ballet and gymnastics. I love spoiling myself and having a relaxing massage when I can and baking.

Tracey Leigh O’Shea

Tracey O’Shea

Tracey Leigh O’Shea

Tracey O’Shea


Experience

I have had a varied career spanning 30 years.

My job roles have covered area of Personnel management, Property & office Management, administration, reception, retail and sales.

Other Interests

I have an extended family of 6 children and 9 grandchildren. So many of my interests are based around family get together. In my spare time I enjoy crafts, reading & cooking.

Brooke Taylor-Gough

Brooke Taylor-Gough

Brooke Taylor-Gough

Brooke Taylor-Gough


Birth your way HypnoBirthing was established in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs by Brooke Taylor-Gough, a fully qualified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator. After experiencing her own peaceful HypnoBirth with baby Oliver, in conjunction with My Midwives Toowoomba, Brooke’s passion for birth and the birthing process was truly ignited. She loves working with mothers and birthing partners of all ages, facilitating informed, peaceful and empowered birthing days. Brooke’s goal for every birthing couple is to ensure they are given the opportunity to birth the way they want through the use of natural techniques such as visualisation, relaxation and fear release. Brooke looks forward to working with parents and parents-to-be right across Toowoomba, the Darling Downs and beyond.

For more information, or to make a booking, please visit www.birthyourwayhypnobirthing.com.au or contact Brooke directly on 0437 572 418

Leah Palmer-O'Malley

Leah Palmer-O'Malley

Leah Palmer-O'Malley


Education

  • Endeavour College of Natural Therapies, Sydney - Diploma Remedial Massage
  • Endeavour College of Natural Therapies, Sydney - Diploma Reflexology
  • Premier College, Sydney - Diploma in Yoga Teacher Training
  • Certification in Maternity Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage
  • IYTA Certification in Pregnancy Yoga Instruction
  • Yogababy, Brisbane, Certification in Post-natal Yoga Training (Mummy & Me classes)
  • Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training
  • Birth Central Doula Express, Sydney, Doula Training Course
  • Level I and Level II Reiki Practitioner

Experience

I have been a Yoga Teacher, specialising in Pregnancy, Birth and Mums/Bubs classes; for approximately 13 years.

My association with the amazing Team at My Midwives, spans a decade or more. After a 2.5 year break from teaching, whilst my daughters completed their Senior Schooling and Graduated Year 12; I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to be back ‘on the mat’ teaching once again and offering Pregnancy Yoga Classes.

Midwifery Interest

My passion for pregnancy, birth, new mums and babies began with the empowering experiences I had during my own pregnancies and births. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, it would take me on this amazing journey - supporting, guiding, nurturing and creating a safe space for other women to gain trust and knowledge in their own bodies and therefore empower themselves as they approach their baby’s births with a sense of excitement and joy, instead of anxiety and fear.

I’m currently offering 2 x evening Pregnancy Yoga classes at My Midwives and the rest of the working week, you’ll find me in my own busy Practice - Bellies & Bubs Yoga & Massage; where I provide an array of body therapy treatments to support women during their pregnancies, birth and beyond.

Other Interest

Outside of work, I enjoy getting away to the Beach (my happy place), quiet time reading and relaxing on our property in the Lockyer Valley which we share with 4 Border Collies, and a Cat.

I love entertaining and cooking and sourcing ‘clean food/clean eating’ recipes and basically just ‘hangin out’ with and having coffee and Brekkie/Brunch dates with my husband or now adult daughters, at our favourite Cafes in Toowoomba.

I love the escape of a great movie on the Big Screen at the Cinema and beyond a doubt, my family are my life. I couldn’t do what I do without their love, encouragement and support.

Linda Pedder

Linda Pedder

Linda Pedder


Education

  • Diploma of Health Science – Nursing, at the University of Newcastle

Experience

I worked in many areas of nursing before settling into Theatre nursing. I stopped work in 2000 to have and raise my family. An opportunity presented itself in 2012 to re-enter the work force in a new field – Administration – and though it was quite foreign at the time, it was incredibly rewarding to be back learning new skills. Since then I have worked in varying admin and personal assistant roles and since 2015 I have enjoyed working with wonderful Midwives across Australia through my role as Personal Assistant to Liz Wilkes – My Midwives Director/Midwife.

Other Interest

Spending precious time with my family – Everyone leads busy lives and nothing gives me more joy than spending quality time with my husband, daughter and sons (and partners) and our adorable granddaughter. Musical theatre shows are also among my favourite things to do.

My Midwives Shepparton and Echuca

Andrea Quanchi

Midwife
Andrea Quanchi

Andrea Quanchi


Education

  • General Nursing Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne 1979-1982
  • Midwifery Training Western General Hospital Footscray 1984-1985
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) Deakin University (1993)
  • Master of Clinical Nursing (Maternal, Child & Family) La Trobe University 2003)

Experience

Nursing at RCH ( 1979-1988) and rural hospital (1989 onwards)
Rural and Regional Midwifery Units across all aspects of midwifery care.
Private Midwifery Practice since 1999
Maternal & Child Health

Midwifery Interest

Anything to do with birth and working towards all women having the choice of a known midwife for pregnancy, labour and birth. The changes that are happening at the moment are increasing the opportunities for midwives to change the way they are working and supporting midwives young and not so young to embrace this change in vital to ensure that there are midwives available to ensure that continuity of care models are sustainable.

Other Interests

My family (Husband Ian and three grown children Peter, Hannah and Stuart) and friends (who are very patient and supportive of this crazy life midwives lead).

My Midwives Melbourne

Liz Wilkes

Managing Director / Midwife
Liz-Wilkes

Liz Wilkes


Education

  • Diploma of Health Science Newcastle University 1989-1991
  • Bachelor of Nursing University of New England 1993
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Newcastle University 1994-1995
  • Graduate Certificate Midwifery (Prescribing) Flinders University 2012.
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Griffith University 2016-current

Experience

  • Midwife since 1995, expert clinician with private practice experience for the last 13 years
  • In first group of Medicare midwives in Australia
  • Extensive policy, regulatory, professional and education background including Adjunct Associate Professor Griffith University

Midwifery Interest

My goal is to ensure that every woman in Australia has a midwife who she knows providing care in birth. Lots of women also need an obstetrician as well and my other aim is the obstetricians and midwives work really well together when needed.

I am passionate that every woman feels informed, safe, respected and cared for during this special time in her life.

Other Interest

My family are vital, I have two amazing teenage sons and a younger daughter who I love with all my heart.

I work really hard because I love what I do, but I love spending time at home, travel, good friends and relaxing.

Andrea Quanchi

Director / Midwife / Maternal & Child Health Nurse
Andrea Quanchi

Andrea Quanchi


Education

  • General Nursing Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne 1979-1982
  • Midwifery Training Western General Hospital Footscray 1984-1985
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) Deakin University (1993)
  • Master of Clinical Nursing (Maternal, Child & Family) La Trobe University 2003)

Experience

Nursing at RCH ( 1979-1988) and rural hospital (1989 onwards)
Rural and Regional Midwifery Units across all aspects of midwifery care.
Private Midwifery Practice since 1999
Maternal & Child Health

Midwifery Interest

Anything to do with birth and working towards all women having the choice of a known midwife for pregnancy, labour and birth. The changes that are happening at the moment are increasing the opportunities for midwives to change the way they are working and supporting midwives young and not so young to embrace this change in vital to ensure that there are midwives available to ensure that continuity of care models are sustainable.

Other Interests

My family (Husband Ian and three grown children Peter, Hannah and Stuart) and friends (who are very patient and supportive of this crazy life midwives lead).

Hannah Quanchi

Hannah Quanchi

Director / Midwife
Hannah Quanchi

Hannah Quanchi


Education

  • Bachelor of Midwifery, Australian Catholic University – 2010
  • Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Prescribing & Diagnostics), Griffith University – 2013

Experience

When completing my midwifery education I worked as a graduate midwife and for the next few years at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, before moving into Private Practice. This has afforded me a vast array of experiences across all areas of midwifery. My passion for midwifery, however, was sparked while growing up (literally) within my mother’s community midwifery business. Though I have been living in Melbourne since 2007, I’m always drawn back to these roots and continue to work alongside the team at My Midwives Shepparton and Echuca. Prior to working in private practice, I have had experience in a number of different models of care, from busy birthing units in tertiary hospitals, to hospital run home-birth teams, to small hospitals in rural Victoria.

Midwifery Interest

I am a strong believer in the benefits of one-to-one midwifery care and wish to help integrate this model as affordable mainstream primary care for all families. I am passionate in empowering all women to have the best birth possible by making informed decisions. I have a special interest in water birth.

Other Interests

I am a sun lover who fell in love with living in the wrong city! But when the rain subsides, I’m bound to be out and about on my bicycle doing the rounds between Melbourne’s cafés. I feel at home in the garden and am adjusting to the challenge of urban gardening in small spaces. I am always excited about the prospect of travelling around the world and learning from different cultures.

To contact Hannah please phone the Brunswick clinic

Phone: (03) 8388 7025

Courtney Cheong

Midwife
Courtney Cheong

Courtney Cheong


Education

  • Bachelor of Midwifery, Australian Catholic University - 2011 - 2015
  • Graduate Certificate in Primary Maternity Care – 2018

Experience

Courtney currently works across all areas of midwifery practice at a busy maternity hospital, focusing on antenatal care, birth suite, and neonatal care. During her midwifery training she completed her placements at The Royal Women’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women. She also has experience working in Laboratory Pathology and Maternal & Child Heath centres assisting with immunisations.

Midwifery Interests

Women are remarkable when empowered with knowledge - I believe in your body, your baby, your choices. I work holistically with families to enhancing their childbearing journey. I have faith in physiological birth and believe Primary Maternity Care should be accessible to everyone. I aspire to create a safe, trustful and calm sanctum where continuity enriches your start to motherhood. I would like my career as a Midwife to be a statement of compassion for women.

I have a special interest in neonates, prematurity and early developmental care from my own family’s experiences.

Other Interests

Brunch is the best meal of the day. I live for second-hand bookstores, vinyl record hunting, forest walks, Underground Cinema and going home to my family for fresh country air.

To contact Courtney please phone the Brunswick clinic

Phone: (03) 8388 7025
Jess Robinson

Jess Robinson

Nurse / Midwife
Jess Robinson

Jess Robinson


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing, LaTrobe University - 2004-2007
  • Cervical Screening & Introduction to Sexual Health, Family Planning Victoria - 2013
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, LaTrobe University - 2016

Experience

I began nursing at the Alfred Hospital and was there a number of years before moving into general practice and working with Nurse on Call. I have always been drawn to women’s, children’s and family health in particular sexual and reproductive health. Whilst in this environment I started working as a Cervical Screening Provider.

In 2016 I completed my graduate diploma in midwifery and since that time have been working in a large metro maternity hospital in all areas of maternity care including antenatal clinic, birthing and post-natal care.

Midwifery Interests

I am passionate about helping mothers and their babies to be happy and healthy, and ensuring women feel supported, educated and empowered to make their own decisions about their birth.

I have a special interest in neonates, prematurity and early developmental care from my own family’s experiences.

Other Interests

I love spending my free days with my family (husband and 3 young kids), drinking coffee, going out for breakfast and online shopping.

Jess is available by appointment for routine cervical screening (Pap Test). Appointments do not attract a Medicare rebate if pre-pregnancy or more than 6 weeks after giving birth.

Sexual health and cervical screening appointments cost $100.
To contact Courtney please phone the Brunswick clinic
Phone: (03) 8388 7025
Romy Renzow

Romy Renzow

Midwife and Childbirth Educator
Romy Renzow

Romy Renzow


Education

  • Bachelor of Midwifery, Australian Catholic University – 2010
  • Childbirth Education Training, Royal Women’s Hospital - 2013
  • Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Prescribing & Diagnostics), Griffith University – 2014
  • Cervical Screening & Introduction to Sexual Health, Family Planning Northern Territory – 2016
  • Introduction to Yolngu Languages and Culture – Charles Darwin University - 2017

Experience

I have been a Midwife since 2011. Since starting my career at the Royal Women’s Hospital I have worked across all areas of midwifery and spread my time between Melbourne and Darwin. My focus over the last few years has been in continuity of care models, home birth and childbirth education. In 2017 I returned from 3 years in Darwin leading the Darwin Home Birth Service. I have also worked as an agency midwife, which has allowed me to work in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, shiftwork, team and caseload models.

Midwifery Interests

My passion for midwifery stems from a deep fascination of pregnancy and birth. My wish is that all women have a safe and supportive environment in which they can inform and empower themselves and their families through their journey into parenthood. A main focus of my work is aimed towards challenging the culture of fear surrounding birth.

Other Interests

At the moment most of my time is spent navigating the steep learning curve of parenthood. I face many of the same joys and challenges as the women for whom I work. When we can, my family and I love to get out of the city but nothing beats music and good food with friends.

Jess Permezel

Jess Permezel

Midwife / Childbirth Educator
Jess Permezel

Jess Permezel


Education

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

Experience

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.

Kate Wylie

Kate Wylie

Midwife and Lactation Consultant
Kate Wylie

Kate Wylie


Education

  • Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), Australian Catholic University - 1991
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, LaTrobe University - 1994
  • International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) - 2014
  • Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Prescribing & Diagnostics), Griffith University - 2015

Midwifery Interests

The journey of pregnancy, birth and early parenting has always captivated me. I have worked in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, remote areas (Outback and far north Queensland, SA Riverland, rural relieving in Victoria) and have been in private practice since 2002. My philosophy is that all women should be able to access care with a known midwife, regardless of where they choose to birth, and regardless of whether they have a low or high-risk pregnancy.

Other Interests

As a mother to 2 children and 2 step-children, life is never dull. I am an outdoors person, my other passions, sailing and cycling. I am an assistant sailing instructor and chaired a committee dedicated to getting more women into positions of leadership in sailing, on and off the water. I am currently on two committees - the Victorian International Cadet Class of Australia and Secretary for the International Cadet Class of Australia.

Kate is available for consultation from our outreach clinic in Inverleigh (West of Geelong)

To contact Kate please phone the Brunswick clinic

Phone: (03) 8388 7025

Heather Harris

Lactation Consultant and Breatfeeding Classes
Heather Harris

Heather Harris


Heather Harris is an experienced lactation consultant (IBCLC), midwife and nurse.

Heather has a passion for all aspects of breastfeeding and lactation.

She has been an accredited Lactation Consultant since the early 1990s, having many year’s experiences in lactation management in Australia and also in a number of resource poor countries, whilst being a midwife manager with Médecins Sans Frontières. She has held many senior hospital LC positions over the years and assisted a number of Australian hospitals to achieve Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) accreditation, a global accreditation for promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding in hospitals. She has also produced several breastfeeding education DVDs which are sold worldwide, contributed chapters in a number of books and presented papers at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas on subjects ranging from lactation and midwifery to counselling and nutrition.

Breastfeeding Class

Learn about the magic that is breastmilk and gets important tips about feeding during those early weeks. This class is designed to be taken anywhere from 32 - 38 weeks of pregnancy by couples and their support people.  The class is run by Lactation Consultant Heather Harris, who has over 30 years experience working with breastfeeding women. Heather’s combination of warmth, experience and practical wisdom make this class an absolute favourite.

  Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
For more information on dates and to book please Click here.

Breastfeeding Support After Birth

Appointments in your home or at My Midwives Melbourne
The first visit of 90-120 minutes, includes a written breastfeeding plan and a follow-up phone call. Subsequent visits 1 hour.
Most families need 1-2 visits – we aim to help you resolve your breastfeeding concerns as quickly as possible.
For appointments phone Heather on 0434 091 780
Sue Power

Sue Power

Calmbirth Classes
Sue Power

Sue Power


Sue Power is a registered midwife in the public health system and has been been both a hypnobirthing and calmbirth educator, running workshops in Melbourne since 2005.

Education

I have practised as both a hypnobirthing® and now calmbirth® educator since 2005 and continue to run birthing workshops in inner Melbourne. I have worked with infants and their families in the hospital setting for over 20 years, completing my midwifery training in Sydney in 2001.

Interests

I am passionate about the need for greater choice in maternity services for women and their families in Victoria and Australia and through my midwifery knowledge and experience as a birthing educator, I hope that women and their partners are able to feel confident to make informed decisions about their birth choices. I believe by increasing their knowledge, having confidence, understanding and learning to trust their bodies, embracing the intensity of the sensations of labour and birth, women are able to bring their babies into the world joyfully. Women have the right to experience birth as a wondrous, profound and life changing event.

Calmbirth® Classes

The calmbirth® philosophy is based on the belief that pregnancy, labour and birth are normal life events and that birth is a natural process. The calmbirth® classes draw on contemporary birth physiology and also the work of obstetrician Grantly Dick Read (1890-1959) giving couples a greater understanding of the birthing process and aiming to understand and reduce fear and anxiety.

The classes aim to empower couples by providing them with education and the necessary tools to achieve a more positive birth experience regardless of the outcome. With greater knowledge and understanding women and their partners are able to feel confident to make informed decisions about their birth choices.

For more information click here

For booking or more information contact Sue on 0413189864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Liana Quach

Liana Quach

Pregnancy Pilates
Liana Quach

Liana Quach


Liana Quach is a qualified specialist in pregnancy and post-natal pilates. Liana is passionate about working with pregnant women and mothers; helping them to live happier and healthier lives through movement and Pilates. Moving our bodies is essential for both physical and emotional wellbeing, particularly important during the child bearing years.

"As a mother of two small children, I know firsthand the importance of staying fit and healthy during pregnancy. I also understand the challenges and can be a great support for you on your special journey. You are free to work out in a supportive environment and know that you are performing safe and effective exercises. Pregnancy is a time for nurturing but it is also a time to make your health a priority."

Pregnancy Pilates

Prenatal Pilates is designed for all fitness levels and all of the exercises are safe for the three trimesters. Previous Pilates experience isn't necessary. We use a combination of light weights, resistance bands or small Pilates balls for resistance training and pregnancy specific core work. The exercises work to stabilise the pelvis and lower back, build stamina and endurance, tone and strengthen the whole body as well as promote good posture and alignment.

Tuesday at 6.15pm – 7.15pm and 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
All pilates classes are held at our Brunswick Clinic.
Bookings are essential
Bookings and more information on:
www.buddhababes.com.au/bookings
0433 599 469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fee Klauser

Fee Klauser

Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga
Fee Klauser

Fee Klauser


Fee Klauser is an experienced Pre- and Postnatal Yoga teacher with 6 Years teaching experience, she is also a mum and a daughter of a home birth midwife, this all together feeds her compassion towards women in all circumstances.

Fee's classes include flowing and quite active Yoga poses, useful breathing techniques and relaxation/meditation time.

To find out more about Fee's teaching philosophy visit www.bellyamasyoga.com.au

Prenatal Yoga

The 6-Week Prenatal Yoga Courses run regularly and are suited for all trimesters and is designed to support you during pregnancy, physically and emotionally by strengthening and nurturing the body. It is a weekly space to focus on your pregnancy and meet other mums-to-be. You will learn useful breathing techniques that women have employed for generations in assisting natural birth by staying centred, calm and strong. The body is going through vast inner and outer changes whilst growing a little human being and it is therefore important to nurture yourself with lots of love and tenderness.

Mondays from 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Mums&Bubs Yoga

The 6-Week Mums&Bubs Yoga Courses run regularly and are designed to restore, nurture and strengthen your body after the birth of your baby in a safe way. The focus lies on stabilising the core and pelvic floor areas as well as opening and strengthening the chest and shoulder areas through the practice of flowing and steady yoga poses and useful breathing techniques to encourage an easy recovery from pregnancy and labour.

All poses and movements allow for a playful and fun interaction and bonding time with your baby. It is a weekly space which allows you to connect to your body in a loving way, to recharge your energy and meet other 'new' mums and babies.

Tuesdays from 10 to 11 am with optional catch up until 11:30
For more information and to book online please visit www.bellyamasyoga.com.au or 0414 343 566
Rhea Dempsey

Rhea Dempsey

Birthing Wisdom
Rhea Dempsey

Rhea Dempsey


Experience

It’s been my privilege, over 40 years of working in birth, to have attended over 1000 births in home and hospital settings. Also I’ve been teaching, thinking, speaking and writing about birth throughout that time.

My Passion

I’m passionate about championing normal physiological birth—this means informing couples about the ‘savvy’ choices they need to make to back themselves for normal physiological birth; critiquing the present birth culture; reframing attitudes to pain in labour and describing the benefits of a brilliant ‘holding circle’ including continuity of care midwives such as My Midwives midwives.

Other Interests

Enjoying my (so far) four delicious home born grandchildren. Embracing the Intensity Couples Workshops. Held at My Midwives

See the Birthing Wisdom website for dates

Retailer for 'Birth With Confidence: Savvy choices for normal birth’, book by Rhea Dempsey In this accessible, straightforward book, Rhea Dempsey draws on over thirty years’ experience to show how a woman’s choice of caregivers, support team and birthplace, as well as her life experience and personal attitudes to pain, will affect her birth outcomes. Featuring real-life stories, the latest Australian statistics and opportunities for guided personal reflection, Birth with Confidence provides the knowledge and practical advice that women need for the best chance of normal birth in today’s birth culture.

For information: www.birthingwisdom.com.au
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Steph Barros Lees

Nutritional Medicine Practitioner and Remedial Therapist
Steph Barros Lees

Steph Barros Lees


Steph Barros Lees is a nutritional medicine practitioner (BHSc Nutritional Medicine) and remedial therapist (Dip Rem) with a special interest in all kinds of massage especially pre and post natal; as well as preconception, pre and post natal nutrition, vegan nutrition, complex cases of multi-presentational conditions, transgender nutrition, SIBO/IBS/IBD, plant based whole foods nutrition and the gut - which she believes to be the centre of the human health universe. Steph sees humans of all ages and stages and is queer and trans friendly.

For more information on dates and to book please click here.

Marae Beltrame

Marae Beltrame

Massage Therapist
Marae Beltrame

Marae Beltrame


Marae is a qualified pregnancy massage therapist specialising in tailored pregnancy treatments and body work. Marae’s philosophy is to nurture and care for mothers pre and post natal, providing them a space to restore, relax, and stay centred on the path of motherhood.

She has been working on expantant mothers throughout her career and has completed a certification in pregnancy massage. She is equipped to ease emotional and physical pregnancy conditions in a calming, safe and therapeutic way. Her ultimate goal is to leave you feeling relaxed, restored and rejuvenated.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a unique journey for every woman. It is important to give back to yourself in such a sacred time, many women experience different physical and emotional changes. Regular treatment can heal physical strain and also deeply promote relaxation.

We use deep tissue and relaxation techniques to produce a holistic tailored treatment for each woman

For more information click here
For booking or more information contact Marae on 0408164569 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Childbirth Education Class

Childbirth Education Class

Childbirth Education Class

Childbirth Education Class


My Midwives runs monthly childbirth education classes at our clinic in Brunswick. Childbirth Education Classes will help you prepare for one of the most important transitions in your life. Classes are run by experienced midwives and childbirth educators.

We encourage you to book a range of classes to suit your needs. Our specialty classes include;

  • Birth Preparation
  • Antenatal Class
  • Newborn Care Workshop
  • Breastfeeding Class
  • Sleep, Settling and Support Workshop
  • LGBTIQ+ Birth Class
PLEASE NOTE: When booking online with TryBooking, you can purchase tickets for multiple events within one transaction - just add multiple classes to your cart prior to finalising the transaction.

Birth Preparation

This workshop is designed to be held in small groups of couples or singles any time from around 16 to 22 weeks of pregnancy. It is intended to make sure you have considered all the aspects of getting ready for birth, including your team, environment and what you really think about birth. Facilitated by our experienced Midwives, this workshop is a relaxed informal session that lasts around 2 hours with plenty of opportunity for discussion. Women who have care with My Midwives will ensure they are ready for a care plan discussion with their midwife by taking this session. Those who are our guests will develop more ideas about what they need to discuss with their doctor or midwife.

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
For more information on dates and to book please Click here.

Antenatal Class

Our one day Antenatal Class is focused on your active birth. This class is designed to be taken anywhere from 28 to 34 weeks of pregnancy by couples and their support people. We focus on the many aspects that make up labour and birth, including many activities to ensure you and your partner are well prepared. The class sees that My Midwives clients are progressing in their practice and preparation for birth and will enable our guests to gain a fuller understanding of what they will experience in labour and birth. Our class finishes with a couple returning soon after the birth of their baby to talk through the reality of the birth journey.

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
For more information on dates and to book please Click here.

Newborn Care Workshop

This completely hands-on practical workshop prepares you for the first six weeks of newborn life. We encourage couples to do this class late in pregnancy (after 34 weeks) so it is fresh in your mind. It covers all the basics: nappies, cord care, bathing, dressing, swaddling and feeding while also covering the decisions you make in the transition to parenting. My Midwives clients will get the hands on aspects of newborn care whilst our guests may also gain further insight and clarity around the decisions you need to make in the first hours and weeks. Details: 2-3 hours (depends on group size) After 34 weeks of pregnancy.

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
For more information on dates and to book please click here.

Sleep, Settling and Support Workshop

Our newest class is targeted at mums around 4 to 6 weeks after birth. This group session includes your newborn if you wish, but is targeted at you and your strategies in early mothering. We discuss how you are transitioning to parenting, any complex issues that may have arisen and look for strategies to resolve or alleviate them. 2 hours (depends on group size) 4-6 weeks post birth.

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
For more information on dates and to book please click here.

Breastfeeding Class

Learn about the magic that is breastmilk and gets important tips about feeding during those early weeks. This class is designed to be taken anywhere from 32 - 38 weeks of pregnancy by couples and their support people. The class is run by Lactation Consultant Heather Harris, who has over 30 years experience working with breastfeeding women. Heather’s combination of warmth, experience and practical wisdom make this class an absolute favourite. All pregnant women and partners welcome.

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
For more information on dates and to book please click here.

L G B T I Q + Birth Class

Our specialised childbirth education classes are tailored for the LGBTIQ+ community. These classes are for all queer identified families and we aim to provide an inclusive, safe space for all who attend.

For more information on dates and to book please click here.
Jess Permezel

L G B T I Q + Birth Classes

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L G B T I Q + Birth Classes


Our specialised childbirth education classes are tailored for the LGBTIQ+ community.

The class will be presented by Jess Permezel, a queer parent and experienced childbirth educator. Jess has a wealth of personal knowledge and professional experience and you'll love her as much as we do.

Topics covered in these classes include:
  • Preparing for a positive birth experience
  • Building a great birth team
  • Navigating social and legal hurdles
  • Understanding the birthing process and phases
  • Hormones and the role in labour
  • Working with your body in labour
  • Providing labour support
  • Understanding the needs of a newborn baby
  • Breastfeeding, chestfeeding and lactation induction
  • Adjusting to parenthood
  • Physical changes after birth

These classes are for all queer identified families and we aim to provide an inclusive, safe space for all who attend.
The class is a full Saturday OR Sunday from 9.00am to 5.00pm
Included are morning and afternoon tea and information booklets to take home.
Cost: $320/couple. For more information on dates and booking, please click here

Student Midwives

Student Midwives

Student Midwives


My Midwives Melbourne works in partnership with the Australian Catholic University department of Health Sciences. Select students studying the Bachelor of Midwifery undertake a year-long clinical placement at My Midwives Melbourne and work under the supervision and guidance of our experienced midwives.

"The Bachelor of Midwifery is for those who want to become registered midwives and work in maternity settings such as hospitals, birth centres and other community agencies. The midwifery course will teach students how to: manage normal pregnancy and childbirth, provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care to women and their newborn infant, provide safe and reliable care that meets the individual psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of women.”
- Australian Catholic University, 2017.

Suzannah Martin

Experience:

Zannah is a third year Bachelor of Midwifery student studying at the Australian Catholic University.

Midwifery Interests:

Growing up in a community that strongly supports homebirth and midwifery Continuity of Care models, Zannah became fascinated with the wonder of birth. Zannah is passionate about normalising childbirth and supporting families through their journey in becoming parents. She aspires to be a midwife who advocates for and empowers women to make informed choices.

Other Interests:

Zannah loves cooking, tending to her indoor plants, being outdoors, traveling, and knitting.

Beth Fabris

Experience:

Beth is a second year Bachelor of Midwifery student studying at the Australian Catholic University.

Midwifery Interests:

After supporting her sister through the birth of her nephew, Beth became aware just how little women (herself included) knew about the physiological process of pregnancy and birth. Beth has entered her midwifery journey with a passion to learn more about how to educate and work alongside women to normalise birth and break down the fear that society tends to place on the modern pregnant woman. Beth’s interests also include how to utilise various non-pharmacological pain relief methods during birth.

Other Interests:

Beth previously worked as a zookeeper and is very fond of caring for animals including her two dogs, cat and a bird.

Samantha Jones

Administration / Accounts Manager
Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones


I have been interested in accountancy and bookkeeping for over 10 years and have worked with my husband running our small business whilst my 2 children were small. I joined the team at My Midwives Brisbane North in April 2016 as Practice Manager and enjoy getting to know the women and families during their time at the practice.

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children. We love camping and fishing and spending time in our boat. I also enjoy playing netball. I love watching rugby league, reading and catching up with family and friends.

Tracey Leigh O’Shea

Tracey O’Shea

Administration
Tracey Leigh O’Shea

Tracey O’Shea


Experience

I have had a varied career spanning 30 years.

My job roles have covered area of Personnel management, Property & office Management, administration, reception, retail and sales.

Other Interests

I have an extended family of 6 children and 9 grandchildren. So many of my interests are based around family get together. In my spare time I enjoy crafts, reading & cooking.

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