About Us

Meet your presenters:
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Kelly
Registered Nurse & Midwife

I have been working as a midwife for over 10 years. Early in my career, I transitioned from working in the public hospital system to caring for families in private practice. This has allowed me to care for women and their families throughout their entire journey. I am both extremely passionate about and grateful for the ability to work in this way.

Another passion in my professional life is childbirth education classes; I completed Calmbirth training in 2011 and regularly run skills workshops for midwives as well as guest lecturing at universities.

 

I have two beautiful young children and a wonderful husband who support me to work in my dream job.

Hayley E.
Registered Nurse & Midwife

I ventured into midwifery at just 18, and have spent most of my career in a caseload & homebirth model of care, alongside teaching MAMABirth classes since we established in 2015.
 

I also have experience working in every maternity care setting from large tertiary hospitals to tiny regional units in country VIC, QLD & the UK. 


2020 brought a whole new meaning to midwifery and the power of education for me, as I became a mum for the first time. 


I've now experienced first-hand how crucial informed decision-making & gathering rock-solid support around you is to achieving a positive birth & postnatal experience, especially when things "don't go to plan".

 

I've come back to teaching with renewed passion & enthusiasm to share knowledge to help families feel confident about their birthing & postnatal journeys.

Hayley N.
Registered Midwife

I began my midwifery training in 2012, and started my career with a bang in a busy tertiary hospital in Dublin.

 

In 2018 I moved to Australia with my partner for ‘just one year’ (classic!), and renewed my passion for midwifery by experiencing a change in societal beliefs and healthcare systems. I have now experienced working in public & private maternity hospitals and have been lucky enough to share my knowledge through childbirth education.

 

I also currently work on two research projects, focused on maternal mental health and sexual health for young people with mental illness. I am passionate about empowerment via education, true informed decision making and believe that knowledge is power.

 

I feel honoured to help parents find what feels good for themselves & their families - and have some fun along the way!

Libby
Registered Midwife

I started my journey into midwifery in 2012  and was lucky enough to have my passion and skills nurtured by some wonderful and wise midwives.

 

During this time, I have worked in a range of maternity settings from Midwifery Group Practice providing Homebirth to the wards of one of Melbourne’s busiest tertiary maternity hospitals.

 

My current role is in clinical education, where I work closely with midwives and students, sharing knowledge through education.

I became a mother in 2018 and again in the midst of a covid lockdown in 2020.

I am hugely passionate about the pelvic floor, birth trauma and  perinatal mental health and am so excited to be part of the MAMABirth team! 

 
 
 
 
What is a midwife?

A midwife is a qualified health professional, trained and committed to providing care, education, advice and support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth, and the early postnatal period.

 

Midwives view pregnancy and birth as fundamentally normal, healthy processes as well as profound and precious events in a woman's life. 

 

Our work is founded on deep respect for women, and a strong belief in promoting every woman’s right to self-determination and to make informed decisions for herself, her baby and her family.

 

We firmly believe the childbearing journey has the potential to affect every facet of the woman's life, including her relationship with her new baby, partner, herself and her functioning in wider society.   

Our approach to education:

The goal is a positive birth... which 
looks different for everyone.

We define it as an experience you feel empowered about, whichever way it turns out.

Physiological birth is hard work, but with the right support, you can do it!

We can’t control what happens along the journey … BUT

 

We can make careful, savvy choices to give us the best possible chance of achieving a positive birthing experience, including:

  • Place of birth

  • Caregiver

  • Support team

  • Strategies

  • Seeking unbiased information about options

Normal physiological childbirth is an inherently safe & well-designed process.

Occasionally the true need for medical assistance arises.

We need to have sound reasons and make informed decisions when it comes to intervening.