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.
Lisa is a Midwife and Lactation Consultant who joined us in 2022 from the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. Lisa offers continuity of care for the antenatal and postnatal package, Lactation Consultations and group education. You may also see her as a support midwife at home births.
Lisa completed her Midwifery degree at the University of Canberra and joined the Royal Women’s Hospital on its highly sought after graduate program, working across all areas of midwifery.
“Working in a large and extremely busy hospital, especially during the pandemic was challenging. I was in constant awe of the skills of our midwifery team and the resilience of the women and families I supported”.
Our Admin Team
Samantha is the Administration Manager and Bookkeeper 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…..” Sam said.
Simone is the Administration Support Manager for Coast Life Midwifery.
Simone’s background in Construction Administration sets the foundation of skills she brings to Coast Life Midwifery.
Following the Births of her own gorgeous girls in 2014 & 2018 Simone’s friendly and nurturing nature was seeking an environment to more be herself.
“I’m so blessed to be a part of the Coast Life Family and their pregnancy and birth Journeys.”
“Originally from New Zealand the Continuity of Care Model offered is the level of care I am familiar with and passionate about.” Simone said.
Linda is the Administration Support Receptionist for Coast Life Midwifery.
Linda joined Coast Life Midwifery in early 2022 and brings 20 years administrative experience to the role. She has worked across various industries in both small and large businesses.
“I’m very excited to be joining the CLM team and as a mother of 2 children I understand the importance of the service we provided and the support that it brings parents.” Linda said.
Together with her enthusiasm and professionalism, Linda is committed to supporting her team whilst remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient. Linda is highly motivated and takes pride in providing excellent customer service and creating a comfortable environment for those around her.