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Meet the Team

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
  • Graduate 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!

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.

Taylor Norton

Taylor Norton

Midwife
Taylor Norton

Taylor Norton


Education

  • Bachelor of Midwifery - University of Technology Sydney, 2016
  • Graduate Diploma of Primary Maternity Care(Prescribing) - Griffith University, Current

Experience

I started my midwifery journey as one of the first four midwives to undertake their graduate year at Westmead Hospital in Sydney in their Midwifery Caseload Practice. It was a beautiful way to start my brand new life as a midwife! I was then offered an opportunity to work as a midwife at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, and join the team of a tertiary referral hospital, developing my skills within a higher risk setting across all areas of midwifery, and work alongside many talented midwives and medical professionals.

Midwifery Interest

I really believe that power in birth lies in knowledge, self-confidence and a cracking support team, which is where my passion in midwifery lies, providing accessible, positive, supportive, open and exciting ways to talk about pregnancy, labour & birth, to empower mothers-to-be and their families, and to help women realise just how awesome they really are, whichever path your birth journey takes.

Other Interests

Having recently moved from Sydney to sunny Brisbane, I like to spend my spare time in the sunshine, taking our brand new puppy Luna on adventures to the park and beach, finding new cafes to try on the way and tackling puppy preschool. A little bit of a relaxation also never goes astray, so you’ll find me curled up on the couch with a cup of tea and a new book or video game!

Saskia Hicks

Saskia Hicks

Midwife
saskia hicks

Saskia Hicks


Education

Bachelor of Midwifery - The University of Queensland, 2019

Experience

Throughout my time as a midwifery student I was fortunate enough to complete placements in both the public and private spheres of maternity care. I had the absolute pleasure of completing a placement with My Midwives in Toowoomba where I was able to witness firsthand the benefit that continuity of care is to women, their families, and the midwives.

Midwifery Interest

I am very passionate about promoting midwifery led continuity of care as the most sustainable form of maternity care there is (across the board!), which is why I couldn't be happier to now be working with My Midwives. I am particularly interested in providing woman centred care to women and their families, women need to be empowered with all of the information so that they may make an informed choice that best suits them and their needs.

Other Interests

When I have spare time I love to spend it curled up with a good book and a cup of tea. My ideal weekend is filled with time spent with my friends and family, checking out new cafes, going for a walk, and hitting up the farmers market. I absolutely love to travel every chance I get and have a long list of places I'm hoping to end up someday.

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!

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.

Jessica Hays

Jessica Hays

Midwife
jessica hays

Jessica Hays


Education

  • Bachelor of Midwifery, University of Technology Sydney - 2011
  • Masters of Primary Maternity Care, Griffith University - current.

Experience

I attended my first birth as an 8 year old – being part of my sister’s birth was a beautiful experience I’ll never forget, and it obviously planted the ‘seed’ of loving all things midwifery! I’ve had the privilege of working in a variety of settings and models of care throughout my midwifery career, with the highlight being time spent in continuity models. I have worked in birth centres, rural hospitals and large tertiary centres in NSW and the NT, along with periods overseas assisting with community health projects.

Midwifery Interest

My primary passion in midwifery is to see fear eliminated from birthing journeys and to see future generations of women grow up feeling confident, strong and ready to enter motherhood! I have a particular interest in antenatal education and believe it has such potential to transform birthing and early parenting experiences. I love seeing women and their families learn and grow as they carry and welcome new life, and hope to see continuity models of care become the ‘normal’ for women in Australia in the future.

Other Interests

You’ll find me outdoors whenever I have the opportunity - I love running along Brisbane river, hiking and time at the beach. I also love good food and enjoy cooking and meals out with friends.

Hannah Faul

Midwife
hannah faul

Hannah Faul


Education

  • Registered Nurse - 2014
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery - 2017

Experience

I am originally from Albury/wodonga and worked for Albury/Wodonga Health for 6 years before starting with My Midwives. After completing my Registered Nurse training and working through a number of different acute care areas I commenced my Midwifery training. I have worked with Albury/Wodonga Health's Midwife group practice for 3 years, as well as working in the special care nursery, antenatal clinic, antenatal/postnatal ward providing antenatal classes and primarily working in the birthing suite.

Midwifery Interest

I am from a family of Midwives including my Mum and many other influential women in my life which has sparked my passion for Midwifery-led care. I feel honoured to be a part of the My Midwives team. I take a holistic approach with women and their families, supporting them to have a positive birth experience. Education is a huge passion of mine as I think it goes hand in hand with empowering and supporting women and their families to make the best choices for them and their babies.

Other Interests

I moved from Albury/Wodonga as my family are all in Brisbane/the Sunshine Coast. I love spending time with my family and spoiling my niece and nephews. I have 2 dogs - Nessie who is 52kgs and Dori who is 5kgs and enjoy taking them on adventures. I have a love for essential oils. I enjoy exercising but also love my down time and have a strong vipassana meditation practice. I enjoy traveling the world and experiencing lots of beautiful cultures.

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

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

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

Whilst undertaking my midwifery degree I completed the majority of my clinical training with My Midwives under the guidance of inspiring and passionate midwives, something I am eternally grateful for. I am blessed to now be working in this continuity of maternity care model with the same inspiring and passionate midwives.

Midwifery Interests

My belief is that every woman has access to the model of maternity care they desire; a model underpinned by evidence based practice and recognition that birth is a normal life event. I strongly believe that maternity care is all encompassing; developing a trusting relationship with not only the woman but her partner and family is paramount.

As a midwife I see the importance of supportive postpartum care, something which as a society I believe we have devalued. This is where my passion lies, holding space for women and their families during their time of transition to parenthood.

Other Interests

When not working I enjoy reading, gardening and visiting the beach but my greatest joy is spending time with my husband and 3 not-so-little sons.

Shelley Ford

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!

Katie Canning

Midwife
Katie Canning - Midwife

Katie Canning


Education

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2005 - National University of Ireland
  • Bachelor of Midwifery, ACU - 2015
  • Masters of Primary Maternity Care, Griffith University, 2019 – current
  • Prescribing for Midwives, Griffith University, 2020

Experience

I have worked at North West Private Hospital in Brisbane since graduating and have enjoyed working in all areas of the maternity unit, providing support and care to women and their families during their birth journey.

I have always been fascinated by birth however the home birth of my third baby really lit the fire inside me to become a midwife and use evidence to support women to make decisions throughout their birthing experience.

Midwifery interests

The incredible support of my midwife during my pregnancy and home birth really brought home to me that women should have the choice of where and how they wish to give birth. I believe a continuity of midwifery care relationship, based on mutual trust and respect, provides a woman with the ability to draw on her inner strength and trust in her ability to birth her baby. I love caring for women and their families during this very special time in their lives.

Other Interest

I love spending time with my husband and family. I also enjoy going camping, travelling overseas and like to spend time pottering around in the garden.

Kelly Law

Kelly Law

Casual midwife/education
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
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.

Tanisha Rankin

Junior Administration
Tanisha Rankin

Tanisha Rankin


I enjoy spending time with family and friends, we love going out to eat and spending time together. So many of my interests revolve around get togethers.

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

Kelly Pendlebury

Physiotherapist
Kelly Pendlebury the Physiotherapist

Kelly Pendlebury


Education

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (1999)
  • Master of Education (2004)
  • Master of Physiotherapy Studies (2008)

Experience

I have been working in Continence and Women’s Health since 2011 in both the public and private sector. Over this time I have undertaken further training in Pregnancy and Birth, Prolapse and Incontinence, Overactive Bladder, Pelvic Pain, Trauma and LGBTIQ sensitive practice, Anorectal disorders and Paediatric Continence. In 2015, I completed training to enable me to fit support pessaries. I am passionate about spreading the word that incontinence is not normal and strongly believe physiotherapy should be accessible for all women, especially after having a baby.

Pregnancy and Birth Interest

After the birth of my first baby, I experienced the struggle of motherhood without a village and saw the real need for compassionate, holistic and nurturing care for new mothers. The whole premise behind Flourish Physiotherapy is to create a place where mothers feel seen and heard, a place where women are nurtured and understood, and supported to achieve their goals for pelvic wellness.

Other Interest

With three young daughters, most of my non-working time is spent being with them and we love a family trip to the beach. I also love yoga, running and can’t say no to a good book.

Linda Pedder

Personal Assistant to the Managing Director
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).

Sarah Grundy

Sarah Grundy

Midwife
Sarah Grundy

Sarah Grundy


Education

  • Registered Nurse, South Manchester Health Authority (UK) - 1986
  • Bachelor of Nursing, La Trobe University - 1995
  • Post Graduate Diploma Midwifery, La Trobe University -1996
  • Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies – Australian Shiatsu College - 2001
  • Prescribing & Diagnostics, Griffith University – 2011
  • Masters of Global Public Health (Research) – Current

Experience

Following completion of my midwifery education and clinical experience at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne I worked for Northern Territory Health. This provided me with extensive experience in the many facets of midwifery and inspired my passion for culturally safe women centred midwifery. On return to Victoria I connected with regional/rural maternity care and have been working in public Midwifery Group Practice over the last 8 years.

Community midwifery found me in the early 2000 and I have been an advocate for choice in maternity care through the grass roots development of My Midwives Shepparton/Echuca providing care from the early beginnings to the present day.

Midwifery Interests

My founding premise is nurturing parents to nurture their babies and each other, thereby creating empowered, confident, healthy families. I am passionate about equity of access to one-to-one midwifery care. My role as your primary midwife is to shine the torch on the road map of maternity care so you can determine the direction of your experience through informed decision making and a trusting relationship.

Other Interests

In addition to growing my teenage boys and researching Global Public Health I relax through regular yoga. Holidays will often find me camping on the beautiful Kiah River in NSW or travelling overseas to immerse myself in diverse cultures and experiences.

To contact Sarah please phone the Brunswick clinic.

Phone (03) 8388 7025

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
Kristy Furness

Kristy Furness

Midwife
Kristy Furness

Kristy Furness


Education

  • Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University 2015
  • Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Prescribing & Diagnostics), Griffith University 2019

Experience

For a number of years I worked in a large metropolitan hospital, which has given me the experience of working with both high and low risk pregnancies, labour and providing postnatal care. My favourite experiences in midwifery have been providing support to family and friends and being able to witness their full journey from pregnancy to growing their own families. I've seen first hand the benefits that one-to-one midwifery brings to the whole family and this is what has drawn me to working in a 'continuity' model of care

Midwifery Interests

I believe in the benefits of continuity-of-care and believe whole heartedly in making this model of care available to more families in Australia. I’m really passionate about educating women in their pregnancies and truly believe that knowledge is power. I love being able to develop relationships with women and their families; I think this is the best part of being a midwife! I strive to build relationships that foster a safe environment for women to feel strong, empowered, educated and ready to welcome their new addition into their lives.

Other Interests

My favourite thing to do when I’m not working is spending time with my family and friends, or being by the beach reading a book. I also love cooking, so I take great pride in spending an entire day in the kitchen creating something delicious to share with my nearest and dearest.

To contact Kristy please phone the Brunswick clinic.

Phone (03) 8388 7025

Courtney Alexander

Courtney Alexander

Midwife / Lactation Consultant
Courtney Alexander

Courtney Alexander


Education

  • Bachelor of Midwifery, ACU, 2013
  • Australiasian Lactation Courses, 2018
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Examination, 2019
  • Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Prescribing & Diagnostics), Griffith University, 2020

Experience

I have been working at The Royal Women’s Hospital for the last seven years with a wonderfully diverse population, across all areas of maternity care. In recent years I have primarily worked in the birth space, and as a Lactation Consultant in the community.

Midwifery Interests

I am as passionate about this work as ever, and care deeply that every birthing person is supported to begin their parenting journey feeling informed and empowered, nurtured and radically transformed.

I hope that soon all families and all midwives will have better access to continuity of care as well as more consistent, specialist breastfeeding support. I am a huge advocate for the profound impact that continuity of midwifery care has on the way people experience this powerful and vulnerable time in their lives, extending far beyond birth and postpartum.

I have a real affinity for waterbirth, and special interests in mental health and the nervous system, the early hours postpartum as well as the fourth trimester. I love sprinkling education into all the care I provide.

Other Interests

I am a yoga teacher, and they say I am a real green thumb. In my spare time you’d likely find me on my mat, in the sun, tending to my many plants, on an adventure with my partner or friends, or with my two burmese cats.

Sarah Grundy

Sarah Grundy

Midwife
Sarah Grundy

Sarah Grundy


Education

  • Registered Nurse, South Manchester Health Authority (UK) - 1986
  • Bachelor of Nursing, La Trobe University - 1995
  • Post Graduate Diploma Midwifery, La Trobe University -1996
  • Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies – Australian Shiatsu College - 2001
  • Prescribing & Diagnostics, Griffith University – 2011
  • Masters of Global Public Health (Research) – Current

Experience

Following completion of my midwifery education and clinical experience at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne I worked for Northern Territory Health. This provided me with extensive experience in the many facets of midwifery and inspired my passion for culturally safe women centred midwifery. On return to Victoria I connected with regional/rural maternity care and have been working in public Midwifery Group Practice over the last 8 years.

Community midwifery found me in the early 2000 and I have been an advocate for choice in maternity care through the grass roots development of My Midwives Shepparton/Echuca providing care from the early beginnings to the present day.

Midwifery Interests

My founding premise is nurturing parents to nurture their babies and each other, thereby creating empowered, confident, healthy families. I am passionate about equity of access to one-to-one midwifery care. My role as your primary midwife is to shine the torch on the road map of maternity care so you can determine the direction of your experience through informed decision making and a trusting relationship.

Other Interests

In addition to growing my teenage boys and researching Global Public Health I relax through regular yoga. Holidays will often find me camping on the beautiful Kiah River in NSW or travelling overseas to immerse myself in diverse cultures and experiences.

To contact Sarah please phone the Brunswick clinic.

Phone (03) 8388 7025

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Jess Robinson

Sexual Health 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.

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.

Sexual Health and Cervical Screening

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 Jess please phone the Brunswick clinic.

Phone (03) 8388 7025

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.

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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