MEET OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

We have assembled a team of dedicated professionals to offer support and services for mothers and families. Our team is chosen for skill, experience, manner with clients and commitment to MAMA's aims. Keep an eye on this page as MAMA grows.

Jan Ireland

Midwife Director - MAMA Services

Travelling around Europe in a Combi van with her husband in the early 70’s, Jan was one of the original flower children when she fell pregnant with her own first child, Emma. Such news put an end to Jan’s hippy lifestyle – they sold the Combi van and came home to Australia to raise a family. The disempowering childbirth that delivered Emma spurred Jan on to midwifery training, which she completed at the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1975, going on to work at Monash Medical Centre for many years. Jan has been in private practice as a midwife for 25 years now; she remains committed to avoiding disempowerment of the family during pregnancy, birth and beyond. She particularly enjoys working with younger midwives, and is passionate about helping midwives to take full advantage of the recent maternity reforms in Victoria.

Consulting at Kensington

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Kelly Langford

Midwife Director - MAMA Services

Born and raised in Melbourne, Kelly was set on the path to midwifery by an experience in adolescence. As part of her Nursing and Midwifery degree at La Trobe University, Kelly travelled to Jönköping, Sweden, to immerse herself in the country’s holistic care for mothers and babies. Upon graduation, Kelly spent two years as a midwife at The Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, honing her skills, before seeking a to provide continuity of care. A workshop with an experienced homebirth midwife led her to move into private practice, and Kelly realised this was where she wanted to be. Jan and Kelly discussed opening a private midwifery centre, and when the Maternity Reforms changed in 2010 to allow midwives access to medicare and PBS, they took their chance. Now Kelly brings her energy, knowledge and gentle manner to the MAMA centre. Kelly is currently studying for a Masters of Midwifery, is a registered Calmbirth practitioner, a regular half-marathon runner and only recently married in December 2011! She can’t wait to contribute to a family of her own, as well as seeing more midwives and mothers working together in the community.

Consulting at Kensington and Fitzroy

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Jacqui Webb

Midwife - MAMA Kensington / Caulfield

Jacqui has recently returned to her hometown of Melbourne after living and working as a midwife in New Zealand. She Became a registered nurse in 1998 and completed her midwifery degree in 2008. For the last four years, she worked as an independent midwife in a remote rural area in the South Island of New Zealand, providing full midwifery care for her clients. Presently, Jacqui and fellow MAMA midwife, Rebecca are busy developing the new MAMA Caulfield practice. Her special interest is the postnatal period of the childbirth experience and supporting women who feel particularly challenged at this time.
Jacqui lives in Elwood with her husband and two young children and spends much of her spare
(!!) time pondering that elusive life/work balance conundrum that most women at some time
are faced with.

Consulting at Caulfield

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Kirsty Crockford

Midwife - MAMA Caulfield

Kirsty from K C Midwifery joins the MAMA midwifery team at our Elwood branch. Kirsty was an ICU nurse at the Alfred hospital for 10 years before she was inspired by Jan to pursue her midwifery qualifications. In 2007 she finished her midwifery studies and started to work with Jan as an Independent midwife.

Through the shared experiences of so many women and families as well being a parent to 2 children, she is very passionate and has learnt so much about about birth and being a midwife.

Consulting at Caulfield

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Kris Reilly

Midwife

Kris’ life involves fulfilling two great passions - being a Mother and a Midwife. Living in the Gisborne, VIC region with her husband and four children, Kris is surrounded by babies at home and at work! After studying Nursing and Midwifery in Manchester, England, Kris and family moved to Australia in 2009. Through her personal family experience and extensive professional history, Kris has begun to marvel at the process of birth and the way women and their families interact during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Her midwifery philosophy was born through the admiration of the strength of a woman during pregnancy, birth and throughout motherhood. She has a deep belief that women and their families should be central to everything that underpins midwifery care. Through this, she strives to provide holistic care, acknowledging the importance of not just the physical changes in the woman’s body but the profound effect of the changes in emotional, social, and spiritual health on the pregnancy birth continuum. She envisages Pregnancy and Birth to be an inherently natural passage to parenthood, trusting the ability of a woman’s body to carry, grow, birth and care for her baby.

Consulting at Macedon - Ohana Wellness Centre & Kensington

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Dr Andrew Slutzkin

General Practitioner - MAMA Kensington

Andrew Slutzkin is a doctor. He is Melbourne-born, and graduated from Monash Uni. After many years as a GP involved in birth care in Seymour, he now lives in Melbourne. These days, Andrew does locums for other doctors, utilising his obstetric skills for women in rural Australia. He is our on-site collaborating doctor. The Melbourne 'magnet' for Andrew and his wife Heather are their two grandsons, Sam and Ben - this is Ben with Pops. You can see Andrew to obtain your referral to us, or make your own appointment for any other reason.

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Sue Mack

MAMA Bookkeeper

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Kylie Hatch

Practice Manager & Naturopath

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Olivia Clay-Vaughan

Reception

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Annabel

Reception & Social Media

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Kelley Stewart

Graduate Midwife

A 2013 Bachelor of Midwifery graduate, Kelley has been involved in lobbying for midwifery caseload models of care since 2002 when she was first introduced to a private midwife. As a mother to three school-aged children, two of whom were born at home with private midwives, Kelley understands the importance of a known and trusted midwife for safe and empowering maternity care. Kelley is delighted to be undertaking her graduate year with MAMA as she has the opportunity to provide one-to-one midwifery care to women and families in her community (irrespective of the location of birth).
Kelley is also a qualified Environmental Health Officer and holds a Masters of Public Health which included a research dissertation into breastfeeding. Kelley also coordinates and has achieved the accreditation of the Royal Australian Air Force as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace in 2014.

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