Find a Midwife

From pre-conception to post-birth, a midwife can provide invaluable advice and support not only to the mother, but to the whole family. Midwives are trained professionals who are experts in women’s reproductive health. Choosing a midwife is a very important decision. It is imperative that you feel safe and comfortable with your choice, and that you have a connection with the man or woman who will be by you side through this pivotal time of your life. We at Birth Afloat recommend speaking to a variety of midwives to find one who is right for you. Consider discussing their qualifications, experience, fees, and situations they have previously dealt with, to ensure your pregnancy and birth are the best they can be.

Where does the term ‘midwife’ come from?

The term ‘midwife’ comes from Old English and means ‘with the woman’. It is a word that can apply to both men and women, but due to cultural and historical traditions, the majority of midwives are still women. Midwives are independent practitioners who provide advice, care, and support pertaining to the physical and emotional needs of the expectant mother and their families. They consider psychological aspects to alleviate any fears the mother might be having, and encourage active participation of family members to enhance familial bonding and support the mother. A midwife will provide care from before conception until up to a month after the baby is born.

Midwives centre their care on the woman to allow the mother freedom of choice throughout her journey. While obstetricians are taught to actively manage labour, midwives are taught not to intervene unless necessary. They are also taught to recognise situations outside of their area of expertise, in which case they will refer to an obstetrician. Rather than depending on medical technology and medications to induce labour and manage pain, they encourage the mother to follow her intuition and instincts to allow for a natural birth.

A certified midwife is trained to recognize and handle complications and abnormalities such as breech birth and posterior positioning, and to identify high-risk pregnancies and make referrals to doctors or other medical specialists where necessary. Midwives are also trained in basic life support for a newborn and can administer care until a paediatrician, neonatologist, or obstetrician is available. They are not trained to perform C-sections, and depending on their level of training, may not be able to administer drugs or anaesthesia. However, they can suture if required. If transfer from a home birth to a hospital became necessary, the midwife would accompany the mother and continue supporting her there.
Studies of low-risk patients have shown that only 5% of midwife-attended births required a Caesarean to be performed, as opposed to 32.7% in hospital births.

Most women I’ve spoken to have developed a very strong, emotional bond with their midwife. They are, after all doing the most important job in the world, assisting you in safely bringing in a new life into the world.

NSW Midwives

Betty Vella
Birth with Gentle Choices
Location: Gymea
Phone: 02 9501 2709 / 0410 504 992
Email: bpvella@optushome.com.au

Emma Fitzpatrick
Midwife in Private Practice (Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond)
Location: Western Sydney, The Hawkesbury and The Blue Mountains areas
Phone: 0432724103
Email: emma_gu77@yahoo.com.au

Hannah Dahlen
Midwife in Private Practice[Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond] Epping
Phone 0407 643 943
Website: www.hannahdahlen.com.au

Hazel Keedle
Location: Orange & Central NSW
Mobile: 0408 661 503
Email: hazelkeedle@gmail.com
Website: www.midwifehazel.com

Jane Crawford

Jane Crawford
Location: 1 hour radius of Mudgeeraba
Gold Coast and Northern NSW
Mobile: 0402633622
Email: jane-midwife@hotmail.com


Jane Palmer
Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond[Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond] Location: Dundas Valley
Phone: 9873 1750
Email: jane@pregnancy.com.au
Website: www.pregnancy.com.au

Janine O’Brien
iBirth – Intimate Birth & Beginnings[Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond] Location: Sydney, Northern Beaches and surrounding suburbs
Mobile:  0422 969 961
Email: janine@ibirth.com.au
Website: www.ibirth.com.au

Jayne Alder
Birth Consultant and Midwife
Gold Coast & Byron Bay
Phone: 02 6685 4630
Mobile: 0418981270
Email: jayne@birthconsultant.com.au

Jayne offers nurturing and supportive one on one consultations on and around giving birth. Please phone or email Jayne for more information.

Jessica Simms
Mullumbimby
Phone: 02 6684 1905
Mobile: 0427 079 322
Email: bignice1@yahoo.com

Jo Hunter
Homebirth Midwife
Location: Blue Mountains and Sydney
Phone:  (02) 47519840;  0412 315 228
Email: midwifejo@bigpond.com
Website:www.midwifejo.com.au

Kassandra Lee
Doula and Shamanic Midwife
Mobile: 0421691068
Website: www.consciousbirth.com.au
Brisbane, South Brisbane, Redlands and Logan

Katie Sullivan
Acorn Midwifery
Location: Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, Upper North Shore, Northern Beaches
Phone:  0408 614 029
Email: midwife@acornmidwifery.com.au 

Lynne Austin
Lismore
Phone: 02 6688 825
Mobile: 0427 888 253
Email: Lynneaustin719@hotmail.com

Marie Heath
Midwyf  Services
Private practice midwives providing midwifery care to women and families in Southern NSW, ACT and the South Coast.
Mobile – 0407 266004
Email –info@midwyfservices.com.au
Website: www.midwyfservices.com.au
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midwyf-Services/205146316818

Marion Buchner
Registered midwife
Northern NSW: Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Tweed
marion@birthwell.com.au
02-66846858  0409408842

Megan Barker
Hunter Home Birthing
Location: Central Coast, Newcastle & the Hunter Valley
Phone: 0458160185
Email: mm_barker@hotmail.com

Melanie Jackson
The Ella May Centre[Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond] Location: Western Suburbs & Blue Mountains
Phone:  0425 280 682
Email: mkjackson@live.com.au
Website: www.ellamaycentre.com

Melissa Maimann
Eligible Midwife
Sydney, Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Lower Blue Mountains
Website: www.essentialbirthconsulting.com.au

Rachael Austin
Gentle birth Pregnancy & Birth Education
Central QLD Phone: (07) 4993 1213
Mobile: 0419 750 780
Email: info@gentlebirth.com.au
website: www.gentlebirth.com.au

Rachele Meredith
With Woman Midwifery Care
Location: Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Southern Sydney, Shoalhaven & Canberra.
Phone:  0421 721 497
Email: rachele@withwoman.com.au 
Website: www.withwoman.com.au

Robyn Dempsey
New Beginnings Midwifery Practice[Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond] Location: North Ryde
Phone: 9888 7829
Email: midwiferobyn@optusnet.com.au
Website: www.homebirthmidwives.com.au

Sheryl Sidery
Location: Northern beaches through to the Eastern suburbs.
Phone: 0409760548
Email: secretwomensbiz@bigpond.com
Website: www.sherylsidery.com

Sonja MacGregor
Location: Sydney, Blue Mountains & Wollongong.
Phone: 0419149019
Email: sonjamac@bigpond.com
Website: www.birthathome.com.au

Sonya Beutel
Toowoomba
Phone/Fax: 0408 453 964
Phone A/H: (07) 4634 5030 clinic
Fax A/H: (07) 3102 919
Email: sonya@nurtureyourbirth.com.au
Website: www.nurtureyourbirth.com.au

Tanya Munten
Location: Northern Beaches, North Shore and Eastern Suburbs
Phone: 0412 210 222
Email: tanyamunten@hotmail.com
Website: www.tanyamunten.com.au

Ti Harrison
North Ocean Shores
Phone: 02 6680 3888
Mobile: 0405 263 883
Email: titanic.ian24@gmail.com

Anne Endres
Precious Life Midwifery Service
www.preciouslifemidwifery.com.au
Email: anne@preciouslifemidwifery.com.au
Sunshine Coast , QLD
Tel.: 0423109559
Medicare rebates available