MAMA is the first holistic Midwifery centre, providing pregnancy care, education and support for Victorian women and their families.
MAMA has been established by midwives Kelly Langford and Jan Ireland to provide the benefit of generations of midwife wisdom and experience to the community. Kelly has been a practicing midwife for 5 years, and Jan for 36 years.
They are joined by a passionate team of practitioners, support staff and a network of volunteers – many of them past clients who have become part of the family!
The MAMA centre in Kensington, Victoria, is a hub for midwives (in practice or in training) and mothers (experienced or expecting) to access services and support. It is the first of its kind in Victoria.
Key to our success is our eligibility to offer Medicare rebates for some antenatal and postnatal services. This helps us to achieve our vision of greater access to independent advice and continuity of care for mothers and families.
We believe that pregnancy, labour and birth are profound events. We believe that independent advice and continuity of care provided by midwives from the antenatal through to postnatal stages improves physical and emotional outcomes for mothers. We believe that these outcomes are crucial to the wider wellbeing of families and communities.
We respect mothers as active participants in decisions regarding their pregnancy, birth and wellbeing. We provide guidance based on each client’s unique circumstances to achieve the best outcome for mother and baby. Whilst we offer continuity of midwifery care as primary carers, we also provide additional support to families who have chosen other primary models of pregnancy care, be it obstetrics, general practice or allied health professions.
We aim to provide affordable private midwifery care throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenting. We aim to enhance women’s and families’ health during this wonderful and challenging time. MAMA aims to focus on services that are under-resourced in the community, such as early postnatal care. Additionally, we plan to assist midwives to become eligible to provide Medicare rebates, and start their own private midwifery practice with us.