Our Midwives

Midwives are experts in birth.  Midwifery is the art of safeguarding the natural process of pregnancy, labor and birth.  Midwives support the pregnant woman’s right to give birth in a setting of her choice.  Since at least 90 percent of all births are normal, midwifery seeks to avoid the occurrence of any unnecessary medical interventions, although we do know when to use modern technical advances to ensure the health of your baby.

The concept of midwifery is to entrust the care of childbearing women to people who understand the experience of childbearing and its many facets including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

We are registered professional independent practising midwives committed and passionate about natural birth.

Helping women and families through this transition in life is what we love to do!

Because we believe that continuity of care is important, each client has 2 midwives who see her throughout her prenatal, birth, and postnatal care.

Belinda Gleeson

AHPRA eligible/endorsed midwife, Independent Midwife, MBS and PBS provider numbers, Naturopath

Anna Holloway

Australian College of Midwives, Australian Private Midwives Association, Independent Midwife, St Luke's Health Fund

Jasmijn Van De Winckel

Australian College of Midwives, Independent Midwife

Belinda Gleeson

Hi, I’m Belinda and I’ve been a midwife since 1999.  I am the mother of two beautiful children and I live on a small acerage with a cat,  some dogs, chickens, ducks and alpacas.

I am also a naturopath in private practice, which I love, but my first love is midwifery and being able to help in empowering women to become the strong, capable mothers that they are destined to be.

I am an eligible/endorsed midwife with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA) and have both  Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) provider numbers, I am therefore able to request pathology tests and ultrasounds during pregnancy, as well as write prescriptions for medications commonly used in pregancy.  There is a Medicare rebate available for both antenatal and postnatal appointments, but there is no Medicare rebate for the actual both if it occurs outside of a hospital.

As I live in the Midlands of Tasmania, I provide independent midwifery services to women in the south of the state and in the north as far as Launceston.

Anna Holloway

Hi, my name is Anna Holloway. I’m mother of four adult children and grandma to 10 grandchildren. I am married to Richard and have been a midwife since 1972.

I am accredited with the Australian College of Midwives, a member of the Australian Private Midwives Association, and am also registered with St. Luke’s Health Fund.

Much of my early experience was gained in the indigenous cultures of Papua New Guinea and Central and Northern Australia where it quickly dawned on me that women instinctively know how to give birth under their own steam. Consequently, I chose to birth my own babies at home and developed a passion to see other women have the same opportunity.

I became involved with the Launceston Birth Centre in 1993 and love building relationships with families during this special time of their lives.

Jasmijn Van De Winckel

Hi!  I’m Jasmijn and fortunate enough to work with the other wonderful midwives at the LBC! I have recently graduated and since then have been able to witness and attend the most beautiful births as an independent midwife!

Pregnancy and birth have become the focus of many discussions. Often as a woman you have to be very strong in your thoughts and beliefs to achieve the birth you believe is best for you, simply due to the perceptions of a society.

The choice of birth varies widely, and I feel it as a privilege to be a midwife and to attend each birth in its own unique setting. Birth remains a laden topic and I believe as a midwife it is our responsibility to discuss all options with each woman and her family and decide with them which is safest.

I am very thankful to work with the other midwives at the LBC and learn from their knowledge, while also laughing with some of their unexpected and happy birth stories from years of experience!

As I live on the North-West coast of Tasmania, it is always an exciting challenge for me to make it to a birth in time, however so far it has worked out fine!

Besides working at the LBC, I work with an independent midwife in North-West Tasmania and part-time as a midwife at the Mersey Community Hospital.

I am a member of the ACM and currently taking the first daunting steps to becoming an eligible midwife.

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