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About

Hi!  My name is Justine

I am nurse, midwife, IBCLC, mother, and traveler - not necessarily in that order!

I want to help you achieve a positive birthing, breastfeeding, and parenting journey.

I offer antenatal (pregnancy) and postnatal midwifery care, birthing and breastfeeding education, breastfeeding support, and Spectra breast pumps, plus a large range of breastfeeding and expressing products.

Welcome to my website - feel free to browse, there is a lot of information on here, but also get in touch if you have any questions.

More about me

I graduated as a Registered Nurse from the University of Notre Dame Australia in December 2004.  After graduating I did a 'gap half-year' traveling through Europe and the USA.  On my return I did a year of the Graduate RN Program at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (in Perth, WA) from August 2005.  I then travelled some more through Europe.

In March 2007 I started working in the Neonatal ICU at PMH.  By the end of 2007 I was back in Europe (I had discovered a passion for travelling!) and in January 2008 I started working in the UK as a nurse.  For the next 3 years I worked between PMH and various hospitals in the UK (mostly in NICU) - mostly Great Ormond Street, the John Radcliffe, St Thomas', and University College Hospital.   I also spent some time nannying in France and bar tending in London and Austria.

In December 2011 I did a 4 week work placement in Ghana - 2 weeks on the 'labour and delivery' ward, 1 week in the 'NICU', and 1 week in a rural clinic (which was staffed by 1 RN and a 'pharmacy' technician).

In 2012, thinking it was time to 'settle down' ;) so I did the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery training between Edith Cowan University and Osborne Park Hospital.  Initially I just did this for fun and bit of extra knowledge, but soon realised I had a passion for being a midwife (which means 'with woman') and decided I would split my working time between NICU and midwifery.

 

In February 2013 I did a 3 week work placement in Sri Lanka, all on the labour and delivery ward.  In those 3 weeks I assisted with 20 births and witnessed least 20 more.

In July 2013 I found out I was pregnant and immediately started planning for a home birth, and in early March 2014 my daughter was born at home. 

 

Being a midwife I had no idea I should be worried about not being able to breastfeed.  You can read the full story of my breastfeeding/expressing journey and what lead me to start on this jbusiness here.

Soon after graduating as a RN I discovered I had a passion for travelling and to date I have visited 81 countries to date.  I also have a real interest in learning about different cultures, especially related to birth and how others care for their babies. We are very lucky to be living in a country like Australia, with our healthcare system and high standards of living, but I also believe we can learn a lot from 'traditional' cultures.

I am registered as a Nurse and Midwife with the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia, with Endorsement to prescribe scheduled medicines (this allows me to work privately as a midwife). I have trained as HypnoBirthing® Educator, although as of july 2023 I am no longer certified.  At various times I have been a member of the Australian College of Midwives, the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ), and the Childbirth And Parenting Educators of Australia (CAPEA). From October 2021 to present I have been on the LCANZ Board of Directors.  I have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance with AON and MIGA.  I am currently completing a Master of Midwife by Research through Edith Cowan University

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About the classes:

Since starting my midwifery career something that has struck me is how unprepared most parents are for labour and birth, either because they just didn't want to know or, more often, they didn't know they COULD know.  So many women I have looked after in labour don't know what their options are or that they have the right to consent (or refuse consent) to any procedure that is offered

 

Breastfeeding education is also very often overlooked - many think it will just 'come naturally' or they'll wait to see if they can breastfeed.  But what they don't realise is that breastfeeding is a learnt skill, one that we should be learning about everyday, while watching others do it.  But breastfeeding is mostly done in private now.  

I really believe that knowledge is power. Birthing and breastfeeding is a time in a family's life to be celebrated and cherished. Women should feel empowered when they give birth – it is a momentous thing to do! And breastfeeding requires support and good information. 

Birthing Basics and Breastfeeding classes are now available

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About antenatal (pregnancy) and postnatal midwifery care, and breastfeeding support

 

As an endorsed registered midwife, I am able to provide pregnancy care from the moment of conception up to 6 weeks post birth (currently care during labour and birth is not available).  I am able to provide the usual checks, order tests, and liaise with your birthing hospital as needed.  Once the baby is born I can again perform the necessary checks, assist with breastfeeding, and anything else related to post birth care.

Appointments are available in the comfort of your home with Medicare rebates available.

Breastfeeding support is also available, from antenatal consultations to discuss specific concerns up to weaning older babies and toddlers

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Spectra breast pump hire & sales and expressing products:

I rent and sell Spectra® breast pumps. My daughter, Olivia, and I had a very rough breastfeeding journey which saw me exclusively expressing until she was almost 10months (and I gave her breastmilk until she was just over 1 year old). During this time I learnt a lot about breastfeeding and expressing. I also learnt that not all pumps are created equal. Spectra® makes high quality breast pumps, from portable handheld pumps suitable for 'occasional' pumping, to hospital grade pumps suitable for exclusive expressing.

Payment plans are available, as well the option of 'rent to buy'.

Delivery may be possible within a 30km radius of the Perth CBD

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to hearing from you.

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