I am many things but mostly I’m a mother, midwife and educator. I live in a forest on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia with my husband – our son and daughter have flown the nest. We moved to Australia from the UK in 2005, and apart from the state of the maternity system, we love it.
After the births of my own children (one in hospital and one at home) I became fascinated with all things birthy. I qualified as a midwife in 2001 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery (I’m not a nurse but I am a Doctor). I have worked as a midwife in a large regional referral unit, a community midwifery team (homebirth and hospital birth), a private hospital, and a small public hospital. In Australia the only way I can work to my full scope of practice, and provide the care I believe women deserve is to work as an independent homebirth midwife – so that’s what I’m doing. I am finally learning about how birth can be, and will be forever grateful to the women who teach me so much by sharing their birth journeys with me.
My other passion is teaching and learning, and I am a university lecturer in midwifery. I completed a PhD in 2013 and my thesis ‘midwifery practice during birth: rites of passage and rites of protection’ is available online here.
About this blog
The aim of this blog to stimulate thinking and share knowledge, evidence and views on birth and midwifery. The posts reflect my own perspective and opinions… not necessarily everyone, or anyone else’s. I welcome debate and I’m happy to be wrong – so feel free to comment and put me right if required (preferably politely). My posts are not intended to provide advice or recommendations for individuals.
I update posts with new research and resources fairly regularly.