Meet the Midwives behind the Incredible Birth Stories!
Mary and Jemma have been described as a ‘dynamic duo’, a one-of-a-kind partnership, who are grounded in the evolving art of conscious embodied living and the unshakeable strength of the Feminine. They are self-confessed ‘Chalk ‘n’ Cheese’ – from completely different backgrounds, and yet, they share a bond and a way of being, so alchemical and complimentary that simply can not be explained! Whilst they acknowledge the sacred within Life and precious moments, and hold space for some monumental healing, Mary and Jemma try to not take things too seriously – they love talking about poo; share a quirky sense of humour and they laugh .. a lot!
To work with Mary and Jemma means to step into a world full of discovery, unravelling and rebirth. To peel away the layers to find the gold inside yourself that will allow you to live from your truest nature.
Together, Mary and Jemma have witnessed the loving power of the Feminine transform women warriors in birth. Their passion and life purpose is to support women to change limiting beliefs and behaviours; to connect with conscious intention, spirit and body; to trust in themselves and to discover that sense of awe and power in their own ability to birth at home. The women in their care birth like goddesses, with their partners in awe of the birthing process, declaring everlasting love!
Mary and Jemma are both mothers, spiritual women, teachers, students of life and highly experienced midwives. They combine their knowledge and experience with intuition to provide exceptional midwifery care, unique to each woman and her family.
I was born and raised in New Zealand, and it feels like a lifetime ago that I commenced my nursing training in 1977. It took a variety of experiences in fields of community nursing, paediatrics and maternity before finding my vocation in midwifery. In NZ I worked as an Independent Midwife and Director of a midwifery group called Maternity Associates where we offered continuity of midwifery care for home and hospital births. Back in the 90’s – we had the same struggle as Australia is having now – for Independent (or Private ) Midwives to be recognised as a profession on it’s own without “shared care” or “enforced collaborative care”. Homebirth has always been a choice for women in NZ and has been totally supported by the College of Midwives. There are now over 800 Independent midwives in NZ and it’s normal for women to have their own continuity of midwifery care.
Feeling burnt out from being on call 24/7 for so many years my daughter and I shifted to the Sunshine Coast in Australia in 2004 where I worked at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital for 5 years. By 2009 however,I felt an incredibly strong call back to continuity of care and true partnership with women and established another private practice called Know Your Midwife on the Sunshine Coast which offers a Continuity of Care Program called The Circle of Care. Since then, the Circle of Care has supported and helped shape over 500 women’s birthing journeys.
Throughout my midwifery career, I’d been totally frustrated by the reoccurring misconceptions that birth is painful, a horrific medical event, requiring management by health professionals. So from 2006, I dived into studying alternative modalities including hypnotherapy, hypnobirthing, sound healing, meditation, mindfulness, quantum physics, womb awakening, neuro-linguistic programming – just to begin with! I don’t believe that birth is broken, I believe that women need to reconnect to their innate feminine power to birth the way nature intended.
The Circle of Care program incorporates all the tools and teachings I’ve learnt and the published statistics of low birth intervention, high breastfeeding success and exclamations from women such as “I did it, “that was surreal, awesome,” “ that wasn’t at all painful, just incredibly intense!” is the ultimate for me. It says this holistic childbirth education that awakens and empowers, educates and celebrates women and men during their life-changing passages of pregnancy, birth and parenthood, works!
Qualifications: RCompN, PPMW, Hypnobirthing Practitioner, NLP Trainer, Hypnotherapist, Womb Awakening Facilitator.
“ I have a dream that all women on earth may take back their feminine power to create, as nature intended, the transformative, profound, miraculous, spiritual experience of birth without fear.” Mary Zeigler
Hi, I’m Jemma – Registered Midwife, Trauma Resolution Bodyworker and Women’s Pelvic Health Specialist.
My midwifery journey has been an unusual one! At the age of 16, when I first realised my passion for midwifery, there were no direct-entry midwifery programs in Australia. It would be years before that became a training avenue for midwives. Knowing that nursing was not my destined road, I set about collecting traditional birthing tools and skills and learning from many wise teachers in this field. This path has led me on a journey of deep self-discovery and the crafting of my soul work with women.
Pelvic Balancing Bodywork is the culmination of many years of work with women’s bodies. With the mainstream approach to women’s pelvic health being based in a paradigm of physical symptoms with a rehabilitative cure, women have been lacking the acknowledgment of the full scope of themselves and how this contributes to imbalance. A woman’s emotions, relationships, life direction, sensuality, sexuality, creativity, familial history and spirituality all have an influence over her body wellness. Through this work, women are learning that they are not wrong or broken .. and that there is a pathway to healing and wholeness that comes from their own innate knowing. It is this philosophy that guides my life and my approach to midwifery and birth.
I first came to Know Your Midwife as a student midwife … and I never left! Interweaving home birth with hospital shifts has meant a balanced practice and seamless collaborative care if needed. Homebirth has my heart and I am dedicated to supporting women to know themselves, so they can show up at the gates of Birth with an abiding sense of safety, trust and power, knowing they have made the choices that are right for them. I home birthed my own two children and have experienced the powerful euphoria that Birth can be!
It is my soul purpose to Restore Woman to Her Sovereign State. This means that, collectively, we inhabit our bodies, our lives, our mothering and our relationships with kindness, respect, certitude, integrity, sensuality and wholesomeness. This also includes restoring the profession of midwifery to its rightful and respected role within the community, as the go-to place for women seeking reproductive and sexual health care, body education and birth support.
Women Supporting Women.
In Birth and Life xx
Qualifications: BMid, Holistic Pelvic Care, Yoni Mapping Therapy, Integrative Nutrition, Doula, Pre- & Postnatal Bodywork, Pre- & Postnatal Yoga, Shamanic Womancraft, Numerous Bodywork Modalities.
“It is my soul purpose to Restore Woman to Her Sovereign State. This means that, collectively, we inhabit our bodies, our lives, our mothering and our relationships with kindness, respect, certitude, integrity, sensuality and wholesomeness.” Jemma Edwards
Only women can conceive, give birth and participate in the greatest mystery of bringing a soul into life.
Our mission is to shift the focus that our culture has placed on medicalised birth and the modern knowledge that has left women in fear, traumatised, disempowered, and denying them the sacredness of this simple mystery of birth.
Our soul work is to care for the ‘whole’ woman throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period; to reconnect them to their sacred power, their innate wisdom, intuition and knowledge so as to to birth safely, gently and without fear. We believe that the birth of a child is a rite of passage, a life changing event, in the life of a woman and her partner. The way in which they birth can lay a solid foundation in their partnership and transition to parenting. We work in partnership, trust and mutual respect, delivering care in a manner that is flexible, creative, empowering and supportive.