About Lynnelle Moran ~ mother - midwife - musician
Lynnelle currently works as a Midwifery Group Practice midwife providing continuity of midwifery care to families in both the hospital and the home. Here, Lynnelle gets to witness the true benefits and possibilities of relationship-based midwifery care. She is passionate about working with birthing women and people to provide care that reflects individual hopes, culture and personal history. Lynnelle recognises the importance of strong midwifery communities and in 2016, formed the Va Journal Club, a midwifery journal club which brings together Registered Midwives from a wealth of practice settings to discuss and debate emerging research, share stories and experiences and build and strengthen relationships within midwifery. Mother to two beautiful humans, Lynnelle is also a musician and sings and plays the traditional music of her Irish heritage.
About Melinda Eales
Associate Unit Manager Childbirth Education at the Royal Women’s Hospital Parkville + Sandringham
Business Owner: Maternity Craft, offering education opportunities for health workers and consumers
Active member CAPEA since 1990
About Julie Bell
Julie Bell has been, at various times, a Registered Nurse, birth passionista, herbalist and now founder/owner of Blissful Herbs and author of the Melbourne Doula blog.
As a doula and volunteer humanitarian worker, Julie attended births in Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Nagaland, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States before returning to Australia to live.
She is the mother of four babies, all born at home, in 3 different countries.
It is the passion of Julie’s life to support women in realising their personal power and learning to wield it unapologetically. It is the joy of Julie’s life to be allied with a remarkable cohort of creative and inspiring women who are a force of love and change in the world. Birthing rights, women’s rights, human rights and the environment are causes never far from Julie’s heart.
A friend recently described Julie as “one of the most staggering and formidable people I have ever met”. Julie however, regards herself as a plodder, who “tried hard”. On her Instagram account @blissful.herbs which has a following of 36K, she writes “Expect radical. Do not expect tame.”
Into her 50s and beyond, Julie intends to continue to live radically, wage peace and make revolution.
About Nisha Gill
Nisha Gill of Feminine Instincts practises as a somatic trauma therapist and counsellor using a range of bodymind approaches with her clients. Her special focus is on the resolution of birth, developmental, sexual, pre- & peri-natal and medical traumas.
Nisha’s practice is informed by her experiences as birth & postnatal doula, birth educator, integrative bodyworker and female embodiment teacher. She is guided in her work by the profound intelligence of our mammalian bodies, and her mission is to promote perinatal experiences for families to the blueprint of birth. Nisha delivers trauma education to birth professionals, body-centred practitioners, sexuality coaches and families.
Applying a neuro-physiological lens to trauma, Nisha supports birth workers to value their therapeutic presence with the families they serve in minimising trauma and promoting resilience.
For further information about Nisha’s offerings, visit: feminineinstincts.com.au
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About Rebekah Parker
My name is Rebekah Parker, Im a wife of 7yrs and mother of 3 boys, 6,5 and 3. My first and third were my amazing freebirths. I delivered my first son in water at home when I was 18 and that’s when I first heard about doulas and what a freebirth was. I come from a family of many freebirth babies and didn’t realise. Birth fascinates me and is a passion that drives me as I love to support and help others. I’ve been a Christian doula for 4yrs and recently included the service of placenta encapsulation. I live in Ipswich and support women in the Brisbane Ipswich and surrounding areas.
I have completed my doula training, optimal maternal positioning training, placenta encapsulation training, postpartum sealing ceremony training, womb and fertility massage training, yoni steam training and am currently completing my pregnancy and post natal yoga teacher training, I own and run yoni Herbs Australia and used to actively encapsulate placentas when I was running precious Placentas : @placentas_brisbane .
I’m a mum of 2, Riley 11 & Lucinda soon to be 6, I’m an Indigenous woman seeking her roots.
I believe in reconnecting to our earth, and therefore our birth rites, I believe we are care takers of this planet and that the time is now to stand up for her and all of her creatures. Xxx
Oh, haha, almost forgot! I spoke at the 2019 “Not another childbirth class”event on the topic of the 3rd stage of labour and placenta options, which went wonderfully.
About Glenys Frank
Glenys has worked as a midwife for over 20 years and more recently has specialised in
working with marginalised pregnant women, in the community, with the Healthy Mothers
Healthy Babies program and then later with Birth for HumanKIND. This inspired her to
commence her PhD studies and hopes to identify and address barriers to achieving equitable
Glenys is a full-time PhD candidate at UTS, in Sydney, in the Faculty of Health. Her topic is
the experience of women seeking asylum, in the perinatal period, in Australia. She is
currently working as a casual academic at Latrobe University and midwife for the Royal
Women’s Hospital, in Melbourne.
About Bernadette Lack
B is a birth-lover, midwife, personal trainer, author, wife, mother and creator of Core and Floor Restore. She used to wet her pants and her vagina occasionally falls out. She holds a couple of degrees and awards but what she is most proud of is being able to work with birthing people, birth workers and parents so that they see their true emotional and physical capabilities.
About Nicole Moore
Nicole lives off grid, in the forest by the sea, is a homebirth Mother of 2, a performance artist, empath, and an avid gardener. Nicole is committed to conscious evolution - the ideal that we can positively influence the future of humanity by bringing in our Young in a way that helps our species flourish, our connection to the Earth and each other, thrive, enabling life aligned with love.
A Facilitator of the Birth Into Being Method for over a decade, Nicole writes, speaks and creates, to share the message that when we collectively recognise how vulnerable a baby is (through exploring our own vulnerabilities from this period and looking at the lifelong impact of the limbic imprint), the more care we will take, and give, in our birth practices.
About Dr Deborah Fox RM, B Mid, M Sc, PhD
Deborah Fox is Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Midwifery degree and a core member of the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She is an Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal 'Midwifery' and supervises Masters and PhD research students in midwifery and public health. The focus of her research is optimising physiological processes and positive birth outcomes for women with complex pregnancies. Currently, this work involves the implementation of innovative, non-invasive beltless and wireless fetal monitoring technologies into midwifery practice, to enable women with complexities greater choice and control in pregnancy and birth. Currently a member of the ACM NSW Branch Committee, she also chairs the National Publicly Funded Homebirth Consortium based at UTS.
About Susan Ross
Director at the Birth Right Training Academy offering courses in Birth & Postnatal training and IB Educator training. Coming soon: mind training for pregnancy/birth/parenthood. Published author of 'Birth Right' & 'Doulas - why every pregnant woman deserves one'. I have a background in nursing, midwifery, paediatrics, Child & Family therapist, Family Planning, childbirth educator, doula. I am a public speaker, Hypnotherapist, NLP Coach & Time Line Therapist.
I live in the beautiful Lithgow valley at the foot of the Blue Mountains in NSW. I am Mum to 2 boys and 1 grandson.
My latest achievement? I have just built my own house! (owner builder)
About Janelle Gullan
My name is Janelle and I'm a women's health occupational therapist and holistic body worker. I help mums get out of their head and into their body so they can join the dots between their mental health, pelvic health and menstrual cycles, and access the strategies they need to feel grounded and confident in mothering.
I bring a body based, rite of passage approach to mother support, and firmly believe that pelvic health care needs to come from a place of honouring and wholeness.
I offer online and face to face support for mothers from the outer northeastern suburbs of Melbourne (Victoria).
About Jane Hardwicke Collings
Jane Hardwicke Collings is a midwife, teacher, writer and menstrual educator. She gives workshops in Australia and internationally on mother and daughter preparation for menstruation, the spiritual practice of menstruation, and the sacred dimensions of pregnancy and birth and menopause. Jane founded and runs The School of Shamanic Womancraft, an international Women’s Mysteries School.
About Erika Munton
Erika Munton is a facilitator, educator, coach and birth worker with 21 years of experience. She is also a 2nd-year student of a psychotherapy degree. She supports, guides, educates and advocates for expectant parents across the pregnancy to parenting continuum. Her passion is to help people create positive change during times of transition in their life both personally and professionally.
As the owner and director of Birthready and its support programs, Erika is one of the most experienced birth workers in Melbourne today, attending 400 births as a doula and supporting hundreds more through the perinatal time. She runs workshops, is a presenter and speaker at events, facilitates groups to fulfil their purpose and helps people so they may help others.
Erika has an advanced diploma in Group Facilitation, Certificate 4 in coaching and hypnotherapy and is a Lamaze birth educator LCCE and qualified doula. She is a member of CAPEA, PANDA, AFN, MC and DNA. Every year Erika continues to upskill in mindfulness, embodiment practices, counselling, education in birth, parenting and relationships.
Erika inspires positivity and has boundless energy and wealth of knowledge. She is a volunteer at Birth for HumanKIND and works with people from a diverse range of cultures, lifestyles, family dynamics and values.
She is a mother of 2 young men and firstly experienced a labour with a breech baby resulting in a caesarean birth. Secondly, a water birth at a free-standing birth centre with one-to-one midwifery care. Her personal birth experiences and those of her clients help her to understand the intimacy of birth, specifically bridging the gap between natural birth, today’s medical model of care, and what women and their families want.
About Sali McIntyre
I am a registered midwife, birth nerd and coach whose passion is birth education, teaching and empowering birthing women about normal physiological birth and bringing women together to support each other. The other hats I wear are prenatal yoga teacher, vaginal steam facilitator, Arvigo® practitioner and author of Womb Medicine, the ancient art of Yoni Steaming and the accompanying Womb Medicine card deck. I live in Northern NSW and am co- founder of the Heart and Soul Retreat Space in Nobbys Creek and Heart and Soul of Wellness in Murwillumbah where I hold weekly pregnancy and postpartum circles and offer yoni steaming to new mamas. I facilitate monthly yoni steam circles and birth preparation workshops. I am also mother of 4, home birthed back in the eighties and my best hat is being grandmother to 3 beautiful little boys!
About Jen Hocking
I am a registered midwife (and nurse) with 20 years of clinical practice experience as a midwife - much of it in high risk settings. I was an ABA breastfeeding counsellor and local group leader for 7 years and an IBCLC for ten years and then I carried out a research project for my PhD that studied and attempted to describe the nature of Lactation Consultant practice.
I have taught in the Bachelor of Midwifery program at ACU since 2018. I love teaching students about how to support breastfeeding women and families in a meaningful way, amongst other teaching areas. I am also involved in a bunch of midwifery and breastfeeding policy and research and evaluation groups and I lead a "mother and baby matters" research focus group in our MERIT ACU Midwifery research group.
I have two adult children and two naughty dogs and I like exercising with them. I am openly addicted to twitter: @jenhock13
About Julia Jones
I am a postpartum doula and trainer. My training is endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives and we have over 1000 students from over 40 different countries. I am the bestselling author of Newborn Mothers - When a Baby is Born so is a Mother and a postpartum recipe book Nourishing Newborn Mothers.
About Rhea Dempsey
Rhea is a passionate woman of birth; she is an Educator, Trainer, Doula, Counsellor, Speaker, Activist and Author
Rhea’s understanding of birth has been gained over four decades. She has presented nationally and internationally and is recognized as an insightful commentator on the difficulties women, who have a yearning for normal physiological birth, face in navigating present birth culture. And is respected as one of Australia’s foremost thinkers on the topic of working with pain in childbirth and its connection to normal physiological birth.
Her books, Birth with Confidence: savvy choices for normal birth and Beyond the Birth Plan: getting real about pain and power, as well as giving a clear account of the challenges faced by contemporary birthing women, also map out a path to powerful birthing experiences.
Rhea is the mother of three adult daughters, and five delicious home born grandchildren.
To find out more about Rhea’s books and work, visit her website www.rheadempsey.com.au
FaceBook – Rhea Dempsey Birthing Wisdom
Instagram – rheadempseybirth
Twitter - @rheadempsey
About Anna Watts
Founder of the Celebration of Birth Doula Academy, Anna Watts, is affectionately known as
the ‘Wise Woman of Doulas’ or ‘Mama Doula’, she has been guiding women and their partners
through the journey of pregnancy and birth for over 30 years. Anna believes in honouring and
celebrating birth as a ‘rite of passage’ for mother, father/partner and baby, supporting
empowered birthing choices and strengthening the spiritual connection through pregnancy,
birth and postpartum.
Anna’s experience as a Sacred Birth & Doula Trainer, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Healer,
Counsellor, Birth Art Mentor and mother of two beautiful adult daughters, both born at home,
brings depth, grounded warmth and wisdom to her teaching.