From my earliest memories as a young girl, I was obsessed about babies. Inspired by my best friends Mum who was a Karitane Nurse, I decided at 6 years old that I was going to be a Midwife.

I chose to train as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse first, completing my degree in 1996. I then worked as a Paediatric Nurse for a brief period before gaining a position as a Postnatal Nurse in a Private Delivery and Postnatal Unit at Birthcare Auckland, prior to commencing my study to become a Midwife. Once I graduated in 1999, I continued to work at Birthcare as a Registered Midwife and with my special interest in Breastfeeding I continued my study with Postgraduate papers towards my Masters whilst working full time. I then went on Maternity Leave to have our first baby and maintained my practice by working at Birthcare on a casual basis while I had our family. As important as Midwifery was to me, being a mother was an even more important role that I took on and I was fortunate enough to be able to be an at home Mum for most of this time.

I live on the Hibiscus Coast with my husband Phil and our three children, Harrison, Madeleine and Isabella. I love being a Mum. Don’t get me wrong, it has come with it’s fair share of challenges but it is the greatest gift that I have ever been given. I was privileged to have had 3 beautiful water births at home and to have successfully breastfed all of my children be it that I endured some challenging times throughout, as all Mums do. Being a woman is so incredibly empowering and I think sometimes its not until you have children, that you get a new respect for our amazing power and ability as women.

I have always been passionate about educating and caring for mothers and babies and it is such a privilege to be able to share such a precious time in your life with you. I really hope that you will enjoy being a mother as much as I have.

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