Linda Wilson | Midwife DirectorRegistered Midwife (Endorsed), Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
I migrated to Australia from the UK in 2006 and began practicing at a large teaching hospital in Perth and after gaining a few years experience caring for women with high-risk pregnancies and birth, I moved to a smaller hospital to enable me to care for women deemed predominantly low risk ‘normal’ pregnancy and birth. During this time, I undertook further training to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. This enabled me to support breastfeeding women in a specialist role. I joined the Community Midwifery Program (CMP) in 2011, caring for women birthing at home, hospital and in the birthing centre. This was a challenging but enormously rewarding role. In 2015 I set up in private practice providing pregnancy and postnatal care and lactation consultations. During this time, I recognised the need for a midwifery clinic that offers bulk billed care to women and advocates for and supports their choices during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Myself and Gaynor have worked together for several years and share the same passion and vision for women centred maternity care services. We are very excited to launch this new centre and look forward to meeting new families embarking on their pregnancy journey.
I trained as a midwife in the UK and worked autonomously providing Midwifery led care to women in both a hospital and community setting. I migrated to Perth in 2008 and worked as a Clinical Midwife in a public/private hospital and then as a case loading midwife for the Community Midwifery Program (CMP). This role enabled me to provide Midwifery led care throughout the antenatal, intapartum (birth), and postnatal period for many women. Being recognised as the clinical lead in low risk midwifery led care, and appointed the Clinical Midwifery Specialist for CMP, I was instrumental in providing clinical leadership, implementing policy compliance, and developing best practice guidelines ensuring gold standard Midwifery led care.
In order to progress my passion, myself and my co-director, Linda have established Perth Pregnancy Centre with a vision that all pregnant women should have access to choice, control, and gold standard continuity of Midwifery led care.
PPC is where any pregnant woman can come to experience safe, evidence based Midwifery care with knowledgeable, competent and confident Midwives. I look forward to providing this new, unique, community-based service and to supporting newly pregnant mums throughout their pregnancy and early parenting journey.
Gina EmeryRegistered Midwife (Endorsed)
My passion for Midwifery came from my journey as a new mother and my experience of the maternity care I received in the United Kingdom. When my eldest daughter was 10 months old I went back to University to train as a Midwife and this was the best decision I ever made.
I wanted to be a practitioner offering women and their partners choice and woman centred care in their own journeys to becoming parents. During my training and working life in the UK I learnt how to care for women in all different situations, during high risk pregnancies and labours to low risk water births. I loved the diversity of this role and caring for the many families that I met along the way.
I migrated with my young family to Perth from the UK in 2011, and have worked in both private hospitals and at Perth’s public flagship tertiary centre for the last six years.
The Australian Government have recognised that women should be given choices in their maternity care and have paved the way for women to have the continuity of a named carer during their pregnancies. This is something from my experience that is important to women and their families.
I am excited about the opportunity of being part of the Perth Pregnancy Centre team and to be able to offer continuity of care to families.
Lauren CalverleyRegistered Midwife (Endorsed)
I am delighted to join the fantastic team at Perth Pregnancy Centre. I share the team’s philosophy of woman centred care and fully informed choice. I am committed to providing women and their families with the highest standard of care, to facilitate a safe and healthy pregnancy and a positive start to life as a new parent.
I trained as a Midwife in 2005, and worked in the hospital in my hometown for 7 years. I cared for mostly low risk women having straightforward pregnancies. I moved to Perth in 2012, and took up a role at King Edward Hospital, where I gained valuable experience caring for women with complicated pregnancies. I have worked in all areas of maternity care, from early pregnancy right through to home visiting. I also love teaching, and enjoy running antenatal classes for parents-to-be, to help them feel confident and empowered heading into parenthood.
I am so happy to be joining Perth Pregnancy Centre, and look forward to joining you on your pregnancy journey.
Jenny ArnoldRegistered Midwife (Endorsed)
I came to Midwifery firstly through becoming a Holistic Therapist in 2005, specialising in Aromatherapy, I then became a Reiki Master. Through these practices I found I wanted to target care for pregnant women. My journey then lead me to train as a Midwife in 2007, graduating in 2010 and completing my Bachelor Degree in 2011. I have worked in a Midwifery-led care unit using my Aromatherapy skills and holistic approaches to help empower women through a calm and well informed labour and birth.
I moved to Australia with my family in 2014. The Australian system was very different to my training and previous experiences in the UK. I wanted to ensure the women I worked with were empowered in their choices, which lead me from practicing in the hospital setting to the Community Midwifery Program, where I worked alongside Linda and Gaynor. However, this model of care brought it’s own challenges. While seeking alternatives and working at a North Metro Hospital over the past two years I have branched out to gain my Certificate in Reflexology and qualified as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Through these experiences, I have found my passion, helping promote postnatal health and recovery following delivery. I couldn’t wait to become a part of the Perth Pregnancy Centre team and work with Linda and Gaynor again, sharing my passion for offering women choice, continuity of care, and empowerment in pregnancy.
MEET OUR SPECIALISTS
Dr Stas Vashevnik | MBBS FRANZCOGConsultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
I highly value and respect womens’ choices and believe in empowering women and clients to make informed decisions about their care. I treat my interactions with and opportunity to serve patients as a privilege. I individualize counselling and treatments to provide the best available information and care to patients and clients. I strongly believe in maximizing continuity of care and do my utmost to be available for patients and clients around the clock for advice and professional service.
Julie Lynch | Bumpity Bump PhysiotherapyContinence & Women's Health Physiotherapist
Julie graduated from Curtin University of Technology in 1993 with a BSc (Physiotherapy) and has since worked in the area of sports, spinal injuries, and women’s health in both the hospital and private practice sector. Due to her growing interest in women’s health, particularly in the area of antenatal and postnatal care, Julie completed her Postgraduate qualification in continence and women’s health in 2008.
Bumpity Bump Physiotherapy was established in 2008, which made her one of the only women’s health Physiotherapists in Perth, dedicated to providing physiotherapy services to pregnant and postnatal women.
Julie is passionate about guiding mums through that “Bumpity Bump” journey, providing them with clinical consultations and treatments, specific water and land based pregnancy and postnatal exercise classes, and education. She feels incredibly lucky to be able to go on this challenging and rewarding journey with her mums.
Outside of work you will find Julie with family and friends down at the beach, outside her tent, in a foreign country or maybe beside a backyard BBQ!
Cathy Makin | Counselling ServicesCounsellor
At Perth Pregnancy Centre, we completely understand pregnancy and motherhood can be a stressful and anxious time, Therefore we are happy to offer counselling services to those we feel can benefit. Cathy aims to provide a safe and non judgmental environment for expectant and new mothers to express their emotions and any difficulties they are experiencing. The aim of counselling is to alleviate stress during pregnancy and beyond, by providing support and understanding.