Our Midwife Team
Anne completed her midwifery education in the UK where she worked as a midwife in the community prior to relocating to New Zealand with her family. In New Zealand her belief in women and their ability to birth their baby’s with support from a midwife they know and trust became fundamental to her practice. Working in partnership with women is a privilege, with lifelong friendships and wonderful memories.
Since 2000 she has worked in Queensland across a number of different health services, implementing, promoting continuity of care and midwifery. Her midwifery roles have included management and higher levels, continually striving for change and reform in maternity services in Australia.
“Pregnancy and birth are a special time in a woman’s life and I absolutely love working with women, their partners and family, guiding them during their journey,” Anne said. “I have the ability and skills to offer women pregnancy and birthing information that will empower them to look at their options around birthing at home or hospital.”I always use these skills to work in collaboration with other health professionals and if the partnership extends to encompass others, a positive birthing environment can be achieved for the woman and family.
As a midwife I have an inherent belief that childbirth is organic and holistic in context and that it is important that whenever possible the normal physiological journey of birth should progress uninterrupted.”Anne believes in promoting, protecting and supporting normal birth and that all women have the right to self-determine their childbirth experience.
Most importantly, she believes it is every woman’s right to choose the place she births her baby with the support of a skilled midwife and that women have the right to make informed decisions and choices about their childbirth experience.
Before joining the Coast Life Midwifery practice in 2016 Allison worked in maternity units in Bundaberg and in her early career at a small rural hospital in Gayndah.Trained as a midwife at the Gold Coast hospital in 1989, Allison has worked across all areas of a public hospital maternity unit.
Qualifying as a lactation consultant in 2000, Allison developed and managed a weekly breastfeeding clinic at the Bundaberg maternity unit and lead the unit to successfully achieve “Baby Friendly Health Initiative” accreditation.
“I believe women deserve the opportunity to have continuity of care and be supported, empowered and made to feel safe during their pregnancy, birth, and postnatal care,” Allison said “The passion I have for midwifery and the privilege of being with women has meant that have I enjoyed each and every day I have worked as a midwife. I am in constant awe of the strength of women to succeed and meet their goals.
“Working with the Coast Life Midwifery I have been privileged to develop some beautiful friendships and relationships with many women and their families. It is an absolute privilege to be able to support women, their partners and families to achieve their goals and a positive birth experience. “Supporting women to breastfeed has been a passion for Allison since her completion of midwifery training when she realised that women were not supported or even given information on “how to breastfeed”.
She trained as a breastfeeding counsellor with Nursing Mothers now the Australian Breastfeeding Association and later qualified as a Lactation Consultant to offer new mums the support, advice and encouragement to achieve what sometimes feels like the impossible.
Jillian was fortunate to discover her passion and love for Midwifery early in life. The joy and fulfillment that comes from working alongside women and their families as they grow, nurture and develop as parents is really a dream come true. Being able to nurture and support families and develop wonderful relationships over 9 months makes for a dream job.
Jillian began her midwifery career in Brisbane in 1991, as she began raising 4 beautiful children of her own. She has worked across many areas of midwifery (clinical, management, education) and within different models of care. These opportunities have provided Jillian with a wonderful platform of experience on which to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a private practice midwife. “I feel incredibly privileged to share this journey with women and their partners and grateful that I get to do the best job in the world everyday – Midwifery.
Jillian believes the childbearing journey opens a woman (& her family) up to immense physical, emotional and spiritual awareness & has the ability to greatly impact on her role as a mother (& parent). Education and empowerment are the cornerstones of her practice as she endeavours to provide a safe and nurturing environment for women and their families to grow and birth their babies and family unit. “I believe the woman should be in the driver’s seat of her maternity experience and my role is to provide compassionate comprehensive care and support to ensure you feel empowered to make the decisions that are right for you”. Building a trusting and supportive partnership with your midwife, helps you navigate this amazing and at times confusing journey known as parenthood. I look forward to walking the journey with you and welcoming you into the Coast Life Midwifery family.
Qualifications: RN, RM, Grad.Cert H.Ed, M.Mid, Prescribing and Diagnostics for Midwives.
Rachael brings a diverse range of experience to the Coast Life Midwifery Team.
Her many and varied travelling experiences in Europe and Asia provided the motivation to follow her interest in Natural Therapies and on returning to Australia in 1999, she followed her passion. She completed a Degree in Health Science with Charles Sturt University complemented by Advanced Diplomas in Western Herbal Medicine, Functional Nutrition, and Naturopathy. During her studies she also started her own family. It was in this period where her own positive experiences of pregnancy and the birth of her four children had a profound effect, igniting a newly found passion in midwifery.
Rachael returned to university and completed her Bachelor of Midwifery degree at the University of Newcastle in 2013. She then started her midwifery career in the birthing suite of a large tertiary hospital in NSW. Working in this highly medicalised environment for the first seven years of her career was challenging but it provided the opportunity for advanced skill learning. Rachael also worked for two years in Midwifery Group Practice, providing community-based, midwifery led care to low-risk women during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period. “I benefited from developing professional relationships with women and their families at a higher level than what was possible in a hospital environment and I enjoyed the responsibility and autonomy that enabled me to support women to make informed decisions in relation to their health, pregnancy, birth and postnatal goals”.
Being a firm advocate for physiological birth, Rachael offers her combined experiences in an open, non-judgemental and supportive way. She understands and respects the wishes of women to birth healthy babies their way but always incorporates her learning in evidence-based practice in everything she does. Rachael loves working with women in the continuity of care model. “It is such a special time in women’s lives, I love getting to know women and their families and sharing this amazing journey with them”.
Continuing with her education, Rachael is now working toward her Masters in Primary Maternity Care with Griffith University. In 2019, Rachael and her family moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast. She is very excited to work for Coast Life Midwifery, “the team at Coast Life provide an unprecedented level of support to women and their families – it’s like I’ve finally found my tribe!”
Sasha completed her Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Canberra in 2016, and soon after relocated to the Moreton Bay region. The first year of her midwifery practice was completed working in a FIFO arrangement with Rockhampton Hospital and following the completion of this first year has maintained a position at her local hospital.
Having always been a maternal person and fulfilling her first dream job of becoming a mother to 4 children, she met her husband and between them they now raise 6 children.
Sasha’s awareness of midwifery came about when she was present for her brothers’ birth. Despite having had 3 children of her own already, she was able to view this birth with different eyes that allowed her to observe the role of a midwife as they offered her mother support and guidance.
Prior to joining Coast Life Midwifery, Sasha continued to grow her knowledge in order to assist women to learn more about their bodies and birth. She is a certified yoga instructor with specialties in pregnancy and also teaches HypnoBirthing International classes. Sasha has worked with women as their Doula throughout the perinatal period and shows strong advocacy for homebirth through volunteering as the Membership Secretary and support group facilitator for Homebirth QLD.
With the goal to become a private practicing midwife Sasha has consistently approached her midwifery role with a woman-centred manner and feels it is an absolute privilege and honour to be able to work alongside women and their families during such an inspirational and empowering time in their lives.
Working with women in continuity is Sasha’s dream job and she absolutely loves connecting with the women and their families while facilitating education sessions in a way that allows them to connect and grow their community. Knowledge is empowering and Sasha strives to build confidence so that women can approach their labour and birth with ownership and strength.
Zoe has had some incredible opportunities working in some exciting places such as Darwin and New Zealand. Whilst working in NT, she worked in the Royal Darwin Hospital and she also joined a Research project which sent her out in the Aboriginal communities in remote areas around NT. She loved the culture and being ‘with’ the families.
This then took her over to New Zealand where she went back into hospital midwifery practice. She worked in North Island NZ for 2 years where she had the opportunities to experience their hospital system and birth centre system. Her heart pulled her back to her country and has now settled in beautiful Sunshine Coast where she always knew she wanted to live forever. She is grateful to have secured her dream job with Coast Life Midwifery working towards being a private midwife taking on her own caseload of clients. She also is currently working at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
In her spare time, Zoe has invested herself in her own personal growth and helping others in their life with becoming an accredited Life Coach. ‘I went into the life coaching course to better understand and navigate my own growth but have come out of it being a more compassionate and understanding midwife and woman. It can be in the most challenging times that we really see our own strengths within.’
Zoe is passionate about the continuity and follow through within the maternity system. She has seen how different experiences can be for families when they have trust in their care providers and within themselves to navigate this chapter in their lives. ‘I have a deep passion to empower women and their families an opportunity to really know their choices and feel empowered in their decision making having all the information’. Zoe loves trusting in the wisdom of our bodies and the normality of the childbearing birthing process which creates united experiences.
I look forward to meeting with you and being a part of your journey to bring precious life into the world.
Sam completed her Bachelor of Midwifery at Victoria University in 2013. She went on to complete her graduate year in Shepparton and stayed for 3 more years before continuing her career in Melbourne. Sam spent time volunteering at hospitals in Kenya, working as a midwife, promoting healthcare and educating in areas with minimal resources.
She has worked as an antenatal educator, domicilliary midwife, caseload midwife and in the special care baby unit and can happily confirm that her passion lies in Continuity of Care. Being able to be with a family throughout their whole childbearing journey.
In 2019 Sam took a year off from midwifery after landing her dream job. Mum to Jack. They relocated to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and enjoyed a year of exploring and growth.
Sam is a huge advocate for Calmbirth and truly believes that the mind and body connection is vital in birth. She thrives with the prospect of empowering women and supporting their strength and feels very blessed to be a part of their unique journey.
Sam joined the Coast Life team where she will be able to provide the continuity of care that she feels every family should have in their childbearing journey.
Jacqui completed her midwifery education in the UK. Following her registration Jacqui worked within a large tertiary hospital obtaining a vast range of midwifery knowledge and skills.
Several years later Jacqui joined a community-based midwifery team giving her the ability to be autonomous when providing midwifery continuity of care. During this period, she was privileged to obtain invaluable experience with home and water births which were truly empowering for Jacqui, the women, their partners and families that she cared for. The continuity of care ensured families had a very positive birth experience.
In 2007 Jacqui and her husband together with two dogs emigrated to Australia, luckily straight to the Sunshine Coast where she was a clinical midwife.
In 2017 Jacqui had the privilege of volunteering in Amana Maternity Hospital in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Little did Jacqui know that this was going to be a life changing experience, she stated that her skill set was tested on a daily basis and the whole experience was humbling but very empowering. Jacqui returned to Tanzania the following year to do it all over again.
Following the experience in Tanzania Jacqui stated that she wanted more from her Midwifery career and decided to step out of her comfort zone which can be quite daunting both personally and professionally. She said, “when we break free of our own limiting perceptions, you deservedly feel a great sense of achievement”.
Jacqui went onto work as a clinical midwife within the Midwifery Group Practice in Roma. She stated that her career had gone full circle and she was now back offering continuity of care which was very rewarding having the autonomy that enabled her to support woman to make informed decisions in relation to their health, pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey.
Jacqui is now permanently back on the Coast and recently joined the amazing team of midwives at Coast Life Midwifery. Jacqui is looking forward to meeting you in the near future and is offering individualised, compassionate and comprehensive care to empower you and your partner to feel connected, embodied and confident about your birth journey.
Our Admin Team
Samantha is the Practice Manager for Coast Life Midwifery.
“I love my work as I am able to be around women and families experiencing their transition to being parents,” Sam said.
“My work is underpinned by my experiences from birthing my beautiful boys with an awesome midwife, followed by a passion for breastfeeding, the joy of my own mothering and ability to provide consumer support to women, while managing the administration of a busy practice…..”
Libby joined us in May 2019 & brings 30+ years of administration experience to her role in supporting our Midwifery Practice.
Libby is married with two daughters.
Libby met the CLM team when her daughter was a client in 2017. She witnessed the antenatal care, birth and postnatal care of her grandson, William. She loves being a Nonna.
Libby is delighted to play a supporting role in the care of women & their families as they progress to motherhood & beyond. She sees it as a privilege & a delight.
Renee joined our administration team in April 2020. She is a doting mother to her 3 beautiful children.
She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in Health and Child and Family Education to our team.
She is very passionate about woman centred care and the continuity of care that Coast Life Midwifery offers to families and has experienced first hand the wonderful care from the very experienced Coast Life Midwifes during her own pregnancies and births.
“I feel very privileged to be surround by so many wonderful expecting families and to be there during their journey through parenthood”.