I have been working with new families since 1990, first as a mothercraft nurse in the UK, then as a birth and postnatal doula and childbirth educator, and now as a privately practising endorsed midwife.
My involvement in the homebirth movement started in 1998 when I worked for 10 years in a voluntary role for Homebirth Access Sydney. I also served as National Convenor for Homebirth Australia for six years, which included lobbying and advocacy for homebirth.
I have lived in the Blue Mountains since 1998, having moved from Sydney’s inner west. I have four children who were born between 1996 and 2001. My first baby was born in water at a Sydney Birth centre and my following three children were born in water at home. My first homebirth experience in 1998 left me with a strong desire to become a midwife. After experiencing firsthand the many benefits of one to one midwifery care, I was supported in achieving uninterrupted, non-medicalised, exhilarating and powerful childbirth. This is where my passion for midwifery began.
It is well documented in the literature that models of continuity of midwifery care improve both safety and quality in maternity care for mothers and babies.