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.

Jaimee Smith

Independent Endorsed Midwife

Hi – my  name is Jaimee and I am a privately practicing endorsed registered midwife.  That means that I can care for you and your growing baby for your antenatal appointments, throughout your labour and birth, and for 6 weeks after your baby is born.   You are far more likely to have a normal, positive birth if you have the same midwife with you throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth.  Likewise, if you have a normal, uninterrupted birth experience, establishing breastfeeding is often straightforward and enjoyable.  I am an experienced (and passionate!) childbirth educator and also offer classes in birth, breastfeeding and caring for your new baby.

The word ‘midwife’ means ‘with woman’ and I love being a midwife! It is such a privilege to walk with you through this incredible time of transition and growth.  My relationship with you exists within the context of a wider network of health care professionals and therefore I will make referrals to and collaborate with those other care providers as needed. We will work in partnership together so that you can make informed choices about your care, and feel nurtured and confident as you navigate your options and adapt to your changing body and growing baby.

I am also a remote area registered nurse, wife, and mother to four growing children.  My family and I spent several years living and working in a village on a remote island of Indonesia before settling back in Tassie.  I enjoy reading, jogging, mountain-bike riding, traveling, playing the piano and walking along quiet beaches.

Jasmijn Van De Winckel

Independent Endorsed Midwife

Hi!  I’m Jasmijn.

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.

Since graduating I’ve been working as an independent midwife in Northwest Tasmania, which is where I live.  Occasionally my clients might choose to birth at the birth centre in Launceston.  I also work part-time in the hospital system.

Being a midwife is not just what a caregiver does.  It is who this person is.  A midwife stands at the crossing-point of generations, embodying fundamental values in societies across the globe.”  These words by Sheila Kitzinger describe my midwifery philosophy accurately.  Being raised in an environment where pregnancies and births were significant, yet at the same time a normal part of life, has provided me with a strong belief in promoting positive pregnancy and birth experiences.

I’m a member of Australian College of Midwives and have completed my Masters, thereby also gaining my endorsement.

Anna Holloway

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

Much of my early experience as a midwife 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.

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