- Registered Nurse, Dudley and Stourbridge School of Nursing and Midwifery UK- 1991
- Registered Midwife, Wolverhampton University UK – 1995
- Dip HE, Wolverhampton University UK – 1995
- Dip Aromatherapy, Stourbridge College UK -1998
- Dip Refelxology, Dudley College UK – 2000
- Master Midwifery, James Cook University – 2012
- HypnoBirth Practitioner, Brisbane – 2013
- Screening, Diagnostics, Pharmacology and Prescribing, Griffith University – 2013
“I am the mother of three beautiful children and grandmother to three gorgeous boys. My journey to midwifery began with the birth of my daughter, Louise. My pregnancy and birth totally amazed me, as did the wonderful care that I received from my midwife. At this time I just knew that I needed to be a midwife.
Since completing my midwifery education in the UK over 20 years ago I have been privileged to be a part of the birthing experience of many women, both at home and in the hospital/birth centre setting. Throughout this time I have gained considerable experience working in a variety of midwifery roles including Caseload Midwife, Midwife Educator, Birth Suite Team Leader and Midwifery Lecturer at Griffith University. I also regularly train other Midwives and Doctors in the management of obstetric emergencies on the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course.
Research shows that building a knowing and trusting relationship with a midwife that you know has a positive effect on the outcome of labour and birth. This is confirmed each time I see strong empowered women, trust in the birth process as they birth their baby. I believe passionately that all women need the care and support of a midwife throughout their pregnancy, birth and post-birth period. I am a strong advocate of the use of alternative therapies including Hypnobirth, aromatherapy and reflexology. Water birth also holds a special place in my heart as both my boys were born gently into the water. I am passionate about woman centred care and strongly believe in supporting women to safely achieve the birthing experience that they desire, including VBAC and vaginal breech birth.”
- Bachelor of Nursing – Griffith University, 1998
- Masters of Midwifery (Hons) – Griffith University, 2001
- Non-qual award – Screening, Diagnostics, Pharmacology, and Prescribing for Midwives – Griffith University, 2013
“I have been a midwife since 2001, since then I have worked in a number of midwifery roles. In the first twelve months after I graduated I worked as a researcher at The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. My area of research related to evidence-based practice and aimed to provide a strong knowledge base for clinical practice. Following this I worked in the Birth Centre at the RB&WH providing continuity of care for women and their families and loved every moment of it. Then, in 2006 my husband and I moved to the Gold Coast so I could begin work in the Birth Centre there.
Three years later, in 2010 I began teaching in the Bachelor of Midwifery program at Griffith University, this was really special for me as I had undertaken my own studies at Griffith University and felt it was an opportunity to give back some of the wonderful experiences I had as a student. In October 2010 I started a private midwife practice, leaving teaching at the beginning of 2013 to work in private practice full-time.
I love being a midwife and have convinced my husband and family that being a midwife is one of the most important jobs in the world! Over the course of my work I have been privileged to share the birthing journeys of many women and their families in both home and birth centre settings. While pregnancy and birth are normal physiological parts of a woman’s life, who we birth with, where and the way we birth are really important because birth changes our lives forever.
I work in partnership with women and their families, every woman brings her own unique knowledge and understanding about birth and the way she wants to birth her baby. I believe that women should be at the centre of their care and supported to make informed choices and decisions about their care. I have a strong interest in the use of water for labour and birth and supporting women to successfully breastfeed their babies.”
- Bachelor of Nursing, Griffith University – 1996
- Master of Midwifery, Griffith University – 2000
- Graduate Certificate of Midwifery in Pharmacology and Diagnostics, Flinders University – 2013
“Since choosing to complete a Master in Midwifery in 2000 and caring for many women and their families on the Gold Coast in a Continuity Model of Care over the years, I can still truly say my excitement has never diminished when witnessing the profound joy each and every family experiences when they welcome their newborn baby into their lives. This excitement is attributed to my deep philosophy that care provided by a known midwife is an integral part of maternity care and should be accessible to all women, regardless of their risk.
I believe in providing care that is women-centred, promotes confidence, independence and empowers her to recognise her capabilities as she moves through her pregnancy, labour and birth and transitions into motherhood. A respectful, caring and trusting partnership between a woman and her midwife is special and everlasting but not dependent when I discharge women at 6 weeks post birth.
I provide a supportive and protective space in varying birthing environments (hospital, birthing centre and home) and believe this is necessary for women to have a safe birth supported by the right people surrounding her. Care is evidence based and unique to each woman’s birth situation and women are kept at the centre of all decision-making processes. My philosophy is embedded in my support for women’s choice to have a VBAC, Breech birth, Water-birth and her choice to utilise Hypno-birth and Calm-Birth techniques.
On a personal note, my husband and I share a close relationship with our son and daughter and our 5 gorgeous grandchildren who continuously keep us grounded as we share in the reality of their normal fun filled and happy family life.”