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Meet the midwives

Michelle O'Connor

Midwifery Unit Manager MGP

As a midwife, I have worked for many years in a community setting with women and families; following them though their pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. It is a rewarding experience and I believe this model has many benefits for women and their families.

Our vision for the Hubs is that they will provide a unique location and model of care for women who are not accessing our services for a range of reasons. Once we identify these women, we can offer them care as part of a team that is local, culturally relevant, and provides a diverse range of services in one community space.  We will be working closely with our partners at the Hubs to provide midwifery care for the child birthing year.

Our team of midwives bring a wealth of experience and passion for continuity of care to woman and families. We join with health professionals at the Hubs to provide an integrated approach to care provision. We are invested in closing gaps that may exist and identifying opportunities for connection and support, providing safe, inclusive and women-centred care.

Danielle Morris

Danielle Morris

Administrator

I come from a background of working as a child care centre director for seven years and working as a tutor in children’s services at Southbank Tafe. I also worked as a phlebotomist for a period of time before I engaged in working for Qld Health almost four years ago at Logan. I initially  commenced in ENT and then moving into mental health.

After a period of time I moved into a permanent position at QEII in gynaecology and urology before obtaining my position here at MGP and moving back to Logan.

I absolutely love my current role and working amongst such a dynamic, motivated and care centred team and I  am consistently inspired on a daily basis.

To be a part of a group of midwifes that continually are spokespersons  for their patients needs and rights and champion for these  is a wonderful experience. I hope to remain a part of this dynamic team for a long time to come and help to be a part of our expansion!

Julia Burns

Access Gateway Hub

I was born in Brisbane and grew up in the outer southwest suburbs of Brisbane. I still live in the same area. I have 3 beautiful children - a 16 year old boy, and 12 year old boy, girl twins.

I trained at Ipswich Hospital. I then worked for a short period in a private hospital. I have been working at Logan Hospital since December, 2015. I have been mainly working in the Maternity Ward, caring for women and their families during their pregnancy and after baby is born. I have also worked in Birthsuite and the Community Midwifery Service, visiting mums and bubs at home.

After I had my oldest child I suffered significant Postnatal Depression. It negatively impacted on my motherhood journey and the bond between my son and myself. The motivation for me to become a midwife lies in this experience, and wanting to make pregnancy and birth a better journey for others.

I am currently studying my Masters of Primary Maternity Care which is centred around providing continuity of care for pregnant women and their families. I am excited to be involved in establishing this new model of care for the local community. It gives me the opportunity to practice what I truly believe in, and build a stronger relationship with a woman and her family.

Joanna Gryzbowska

Joanna Gryzbowska

Access Gateway Hub

I have been a Midwife and RN since 2009 (RM 2011). My main work experience is as a Midwife in tertiary settings in Brisbane as well as Emergency Department RN.

Having a CALD (culturally & linguistically diverse) background myself (Poland), I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity and privilege to provide midwifery care to the ‘New and/or recently arrived Australians’ and be embraced by their culture.

Becoming a MGP Midwife with Logan Hubs has truly redefined the role of a midwife for me. I have become an even more committed and informed patient advocate as well as healthcare system & community programs ‘navigator’.

Furthermore, I have joined a team of equally passionate midwives with a strong vision and the drive to optimise the access to, and the maternity care experience for our caseload of clients in preparation for the parenthood journey in a new country.

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill

Access Gateway Hub

I am a Kiwi, and have lived in Australia since 2000. I have two boys who almost grown. I started my nursing career in the 1990s in New Zealand.

I developed my interest in midwifery during my nursing training, but it was during first pregnancy (in New Zealand) that I knew it was definitely what I wanted to do. My midwife was truly inspirational and she encouraged me to study midwifery. It was a few more years before I had the opportunity and I started my midwifery career at Logan Hospital in 2005. I have worked in a number of different hospitals both in Australia and New Zealand.

I am passionate about empowering women in all aspects of their lives, but particularly in their pregnancy and birth journeys. Birth is a life changing experience for women and I have seen that when women are well supported, particularly in a continuity of care model, they have the best outcomes for themselves, their babies and their families. Having had a baby in a similar model of care myself, I have known for a long time the difference having a relationship with a midwife can make. Since even before starting my midwifery career, I have wanted to work with women in a continuity of care model. I have been watching Metro South Health’s Logan Maternity and Child Health Hub initiative with much interest since earlier this year. I am very excited to now be a part of the Access Gateway Hub, providing midwifery care for refugee women in the Logan community.

It is a privilege and an honour to be working in partnership with these amazing women and their families.

Brittany Ruffin

Brittany Ruffin

Access Gateway Hub

My journey into Midwifery was by total accident. When visiting family friends on the Maternity Ward’s, I would always pass by the little windows where they “kept the babies” (Old School Nursery’s). That was it, I desperately wanted to work into THAT room and cuddle babies. So off into Midwifery I went! My goodness I was wrong about that job, but I found something so much better. Standing bedside women, supporting, educating, guiding and advocating for them became my utter devotion.

Working in Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) is a dream most midwife’s have, fresh out of university. I was lucky enough for this opportunity to present itself early on in my career. Working with the Non-English-Speaking Refugee group is an exciting and challenging role where we are exposed to a rainbow of different cultures, beliefs and practices, each beautiful and individual. The refugee status of most of our women, means we assist in helping them navigate the Australian Healthcare system and assist them in becoming the leaders of their health and wellbeing. I truly believe that the continuity of care of model we work within provides the best outcomes and experiences to empower our women and their families.

I believe we are creating strong women, strong babies and strong families.

And yes… I do get to cuddle very cute babies now and then!
 

Jordan Slingsby

Jordan Slingsby

Access Gateway Hub

I was born at Logan hospital the year that birthing services opened (baby number 52 to be exact!). Over the past 8 years I’ve had the opportunity to train and work with the amazing team of midwives here, one of whom was even present when my own mother gave birth to me.

Growing up I didn’t have a lot of exposure to pregnancy, birth or babies which made the whole process that much more fascinating when I happened upon it in a brochure during my final year at high school. In grade 12 I was lucky enough to be able to commence an introductory course to the ‘Bachelor of Midwifery’ program through Griffith University at Logan and I loved every minute of it. Being a Midwife has allowed me to connect with women and families and be there supporting them through the most important time of their lives.

Having spent the entirety of my career so far in Logan has really allowed me to appreciate the incredible diversity our community has to offer. A large portion of our population consists of women and families from non-English speaking backgrounds, including refugees. Being able to work in partnership with these women and families in a continuity of care model ensures that their journey through our healthcare system can be a smooth and enjoyable one.

Peta Donsworth

Browns Plains Hub


I was born in Brisbane but grew up and went to school in Rockhampton. I initially entered the nursing profession straight out of school, however, I left the profession for a while, had my daughter and when she was older I rediscovered my love for nursing again. I worked my way up from the bottom starting as an AIN, then I trained as an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, a Registered Nurse and finally Midwifery.

I became a midwife because some of my colleagues would ask me questions that I didn't have the answers for, but they assumed I would because I was a mother. I wanted to be able to help other women who had similar situations.

Since studying Midwifery I have been drawn to the continuity of care model. I believe that all women should have the opportunity to access a known midwife for their entire pregnancy journey from conception right up to 6 weeks postnatally.

Lorin Rees

Browns Plains Hub

I am originally from NSW, having spent my childhood between Newcastle and Sydney.  My previous career in Retail Management saw me make the move further north to Queensland, settling in the Logan area. After having my first child, I began working as a Family Day Care mum while I studied to become a midwife, with my second child being born while I was part way through my degree. I completed my training at Logan Hospital and have been working there as a midwife since.

I was privileged to be witness to the birth of my cousin when I was in High School, and I knew that day that I wanted to be a midwife. Being present when a new life enters the world is a pretty special feeling.

Being able to work in a model that provides continuity of care is what drew me to this role initially. Building relationships with women and their families during the antenatal period, and then being present at their birth with that relationship already built, can be a wonderful experience for both the woman and for myself as a midwife. This is what I am most looking forward to in this role.

Kim Retschlag

Kim Retschlag

Browns Plains Hub

*Bio coming soon

Kerry Bloomfield

Kerry Bloomfield

Browns Plains Hub

*Bio coming soon

Chris Baxter

Jajumbora Hub

I am married with 3 children and originate from England where I qualified as a midwife and nurse. I gained a variety of midwifery experience in the UK and my passion for midwifery is in the community, where I can build relationships with women and their families on their journey through pregnancy and into parenthood by providing continuity of care.

I emigrated to Australia in 2003, where I birthed my third child and now I have the availability and opportunity to work in this new and exciting caseload model of care. I hope to build strong community relationships to improve the lives of our indigenous community, now and into the future, and it is my passion to support and empower women and their families throughout the creation of new life, to enable the best possible outcomes for women and their families in our community.

I enjoy and celebrate supporting women on this wonderful journey and look forward to keeping birth as normal as possible within this model of care. I have been a midwife for 30 years and my passion and enthusiasm to work at the Maternity Hub is the same as when I first became a midwife many years ago.

Judith Cooze

Jajumbora Hub

One of the passions I have for wanting to be part of this particular hub in Waterford West is my true devotion to improving outcomes for indigenous women and their infants and I do believe at this level of community midwifery that we have the ability to influence their lifelong outcomes if we give them a really woman-centred/family-centred experience from this hub.

Kylie Leslie

Kylie Lesley

Indigenous Health Worker, Jajumbora Hub

I’m proud Aboriginal woman. I belong to the Yorta Yorta tribe from a place called Cummeragunja which is located near the Murray river near Barmah (VIC). I’m a descendant of William Cooper. I relocated to  Queensland 7 years ago and have been a health worker for 4 years. I’m a mother to 4 beautiful children and come from a large family that understands and has experienced the struggles and health problems we Aboriginal people face on a daily basis. I decided to become an Aboriginal Health Worker to help my community feel safe when they access mainstream health care services. I work to ensure our woman get access to all possible services available to them in a cultural safe space. 

Peggy Keyte

Peggy Keyte

Jajumbora Hub

I’m a passionate midwife and am excited to be working in this model of care and in partnership with ATSICHS.  I am dedicated to improving maternal and infant outcomes for all indigenous women. Furthermore, building strong relationships within the indigenous community.

Historically Australian Aboriginal people have experienced a lack of cultural understanding within the health services. However, this model of care at the Waterford West HUB gives the opportunity to ensure that Aboriginal women have their spiritual, cultural and physical needs cared for during their pregnancy and birthing journey. I have confidence and trust in, and respect for women and their capabilities in childbirth.

Chantel Christensen

Chantel Christensen

Pasifika Hub

I began my career as a nurse in emergency care where I travelled and worked in rural areas of Australia. Here, I was exposed to caring for pregnant women and their family.  This is where I recognised my passion in midwifery care and studied further to become a midwife (aiming to become a flight nurse). I worked at Taree hospital, NSW for 18months as a student midwife and then returned home to QLD to continue my career. I have been in MGP from the beginning of my career in 2016. This was an exciting but challenging transition due to the diversity and autonomy of an MGP midwife including being oncall.  I enjoy the individual care and relationships I build with the women and their families that I care for. Being able to follow them through their entire journey- birthing their baby and then seeing them grow and develop their skills as a mother in their home is rewarding. I am passionate about mgp and have witnessed first hand how ongoing support improves the education as well as the journey for the woman and her family throughout such an important time in their life.

I have found my direction in my career by working in MGP and can’t imagine myself working in any other model of care other then continuity.  I have worked in many areas of nursing prior to becoming a midwife and have never felt so appreciated by people whom I care for along with the fulfilment I gain from my role as a midwife.

Mundeep (Mandy) Claris

Mundeep (Mandy) Clarris

Pasifika Hub

I was born in Tully - Cairns and grew up in Brisbane. I have two handsome boys: Joseph and Ethan. I birthed both of my boys at Logan Hospital and had a very positive experience. I have been a midwife since 2006 and worked in Midwifery Group Practice since 2009 at Logan Hospital. I am passionate about providing exceptional care to women and their families. I always feel privileged and honoured to be apart of the beautiful birth journey. I believe in empowering women to achieve a positive birth experience and promote a smooth transition to motherhood. Every women deserves having a known midwife during their pregnancy and birth experience. Birth is an amazing and inspirational journey.

Kate Hoeben

Kate Hoeben

Pasifika Hub

I’ve been a midwife for few years. I completed my training at Ipswich Hospital and discovered my passion for midwifery through my continuity of care experiences that were completed throughout university. After completing my studies I worked at Toowoomba Hospital, and later came into Midwifery Group Practice at Logan Hospital in 2016. Since then I have never looked back. I have seen time and time again how having one midwife can help women feel empowered, supported, safe, and go on to have great birth experiences. I am dedicated to this model of care and I feel privileged to walk through this amazing journey with women.

Elizabeth Phelan

Elizabeth Phelan

Pasifica Hub

I was born in Canberra and grew up in Papua New Guinea until the age of 10. I then moved to Brisbane where my family and I split out time between Brisbane and Port Vila, Vanuatu for the next 8 years. This is where my passion for pacific Island women developed. I am a mother to an 8 year old boy and a feisty 7 year old daughter.

I am a new midwife having graduated in 2016 and working as a core midwife at Logan Hospital and then became an MGP midwife in May 2018. I love working with women and their families, providing women-centred care that is unique and special for each woman. I am always honoured and consider it a privilege to work with women through-out their pregnancy, during their birth and for 6 weeks post-birth. Working within the Pasifika hub is an absolute joy.

Jess Reid

Jess Reid

Pasifika Hub

In 2012, I graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a dual degree in Nursing and Midwifery with distinction. As a new midwife, I moved to Far North Queensland where I spent five years working at Cairns Hospital. It was there I worked within a team midwifery setting and became a strong advocate for continuity of maternity care for all women.

For a short time I managed a high-risk pregnancy unit that utilised Tele Health collaboration with tertiary hospitals. Combined, these experiences prepared me for my role in 2015 when I was thrilled to begin working as Clinical Midwife within a MGP.

I had the privilege of being a part of the set up of the Cairns Birth Centre and have had plenty of experience in facilitating water births. I have worked closely with a wide variety of demographics and have a strong focus on empowerment and woman and family centred care.

I transferred to Logan Hospital MGP in 2017 and I am an avid supporter of the Maternity Hubs and their focus. I love the role I have in working with new families at their very beginning and I am committed to helping women achieve positive birthing experiences.

Last updated 9 July 2019