Lamaze Educator- Tanya Struzberg
MAMABirth Educators- Hayley Patsalou & Rachel Wilson (MAMA Midwives)
Hayley grew up in the Northern Territory & Queensland, where she completed her nursing & midwifery studies. Starting her midwifery journey as a fresh-faced 17 year old, she had no idea “midwives even delivered babies”, she quickly realised there was a lot wanting in the current system of maternity care in Australia.
Midwifery for Hayley is about fostering confident, empowered and informed families who feel heard, respected and in control of their experiences. An important element of this is striving to keep “normal” normal by sharing evidence-based knowledge about the biological & physiological norms that are often poorly understood in modern society, sometimes leading to anxiety & guilt from parents who feel they’re doing something “wrong”.
Hayley runs the MAMABirth childbirth education program alongside Rachel and is also consolidating her skills as a caseload midwife at a large public hospital in Melbourne. She also contributes to Mumlife Australia.com, a trusted online resource that empowers mums by sharing evidence based information combined with practical parenting considerations.
Rachel was born and raised in the Lake District, England. She obtained her BA (Hons) Midwifery degree from the University of York, England, in 2013. It was during this training that Rachel opted to take a month long elective placement in Melbourne with MAMA, and it was here that planted the seed for her passion for caseloading, home birth and empowering women and their families.
Between 2013-2016, Rachel worked for One to One Midwives in Cheshire, England. This was a pioneering, NHS funded company, set up by a private midwife, transforming maternity care across North West England. Here Rachel provided full continuity of care to women throughout their pregnancies, birth and to six weeks postnatally, within women’s own homes. With a high home birth rate of 40%, she gained a lot of experience in home birth and water birth. Rachel also trained as a hypnobirthing teacher in 2014 and has found the teaching of this to be extremely valuable to families.
Rachel moved to Melbourne, Australia in May 2016, to settle in the country she loves. She is thrilled to be working at MAMA, a place she believes can make a difference to maternity care in Victoria, and with midwives who share the same ethos. She believes in providing individualised, holistic care, supporting women in their choices, and staying true to midwifery.