About Mamatoto Midwives
The word “Mamatoto” means “mother baby” and describes the Mother and baby as one. What effects one, also effects the other.
Mamatoto Midwives are a small boutique Midwifery Practice of ‘hand picked’ Midwives based around Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. We believe that for the far majority of women, birth should be a normal life event and that women and their families don’t need to fear birth and parenting if they are prepared well during pregnancy. Also having a known midwife through your pregnancy and Birth journey can improve outcomes for both mothers and babies.
You can choose a range of care options with Mamatoto Midwives. We offer Antenatal care, Calmbirth Classes, labour and birth care in your chosen environment of Hospital or Home. We also offer postnatal care. Most of our visits attract a medicare rebate, and Private Health Insurance rebates may apply and we can talk more about this when we meet you.
We have clinic rooms in Clifton Hill and in Chirnside Park.
Juliana Brennan’s Biography (Director)
It was towards the end of my Bachelor of Nursing in 1993 that I realized my calling was to work more closely with women. In 1995 I studied for my Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, and I never looked back on this decision.
As a student, I witnessed many births that were very medicalised with intervention, and it was not until I worked along-side Birth Centre and homebirth midwives that I realized that gentle, calm and empowering birth can certainly unfold for women and their families with the right support and preparation!
As a child, I grew up on a farm, and I witnessed many different mammals (generally cattle) giving birth. Rarely did we have complications with calving, and I was surprised as a student midwife at how many women had so much trouble and difficulty with birth. I couldn’t understand why so many women would haemorrhoage, would find labour and birth ‘unbearable’ as the cows we owned rarely (if ever) had these issues. Over the years, I have discovered what I believe the answer. Women who are not fearful of birth and who are undisturbed, supported and who are very well emotionally and physically prepared for birth tend to have very straight forward and uncomplicated labour and births.
In 2011 I was one of the first midwives in Victoria and Australia to obtain my Medicare Eligibility, and in 2012, I was the first Midwife in Australia to get my Prescribing Rights and be an endorsed and notated Midwife with AHPRA. Mamatoto Midwives was launched and is rocketing into the future!
I completed my Master’s Degree in Midwifery in 2002 and my major area of study was Post Term Pregnancy. I published a comprehensive literature review on “The Risks associated with Post Term Pregnancy” in 2005 in ‘Women and Birth’. It is my long term goal to work as a Midwife in a Third World Country such as Uganda.
I am married to Tim and we have three beautiful children, all of whom were born in Birth Centres where we were supported by known Midwives. Harry, my eldest son is 18yo, Grace is 16yo and Riley, my youngest son is 13yo. I had very positive birth experiences for all three of my children, Grace and Riley were Water Birth babies!
My special interests in Midwifery are preventing the first caesarean birth, Vaginal Birth after Caesarean (VBAC), and working with women who have experienced abuse and trauma.
I believe that every woman should have a known Midwife for her pregnancy, birth and early parenting and I support the research evidence that shows that continuity of midwifery carer improves outcomes for women by working as a Private Midwife and Director of “Mamatoto Midwives”.
Danielle Sorbello’s Biography (Midwife)
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Midwife and Mother of Daisy Maria
For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to pregnancy and birth. When I was a little girl I loved reading my Mother’s pregnancy and women’s health books. I even got up in the middle of the night to witness my pets giving birth. It truly fascinates me. As soon as I discovered the role of a midwife, I knew it was meant to be.
I grew up in a small country town in Gippsland, then lived in Warrnambool, Geelong and Melbourne while completing my Nursing and Midwifery studies. Along the way, I was able to gain valuable experience all over Victoria, including witnessing my first beautiful water birth at Rosebud Hospital. Fast forward to 2009 and I started working as a Graduate Midwife at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. I was privileged to work with women and their families from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, which I really enjoyed.
In 2010, I desperately wanted to join the COSMOS team, which was the caseload model of care. I had experienced snippets of continuity here and there and knew how beneficial it was for families to have a known Midwife for their pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. I was able to secure a position in a very supportive team of lovely midwives. It was an amazing experience and I will be forever grateful to the families who trusted me to support them during their parenting journeys.
In 2012, after a few months of international travel, I moved up to Brisbane. One of my career highlights was being part of a Midwifery Group Practice called “Birthing In Our Community” at Mater Mothers’ Hospital. It was a brand new program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, and is still going strong today. Working closely with the community was so special and a privilege I will never forget. I absolutely adored my team and the families we met along the way. We were often considered the “family midwife”, caring for sisters, cousins, aunties etc. It was a privilege and still makes me smile when I think about my time there.
In 2017, my husband Anthony and I welcomed our daughter Daisy into this world, supported by my wonderful colleagues. It confirmed for me how important it is to be cared for by people that you know and trust. In 2018 we moved back down to Victoria to be closer to family and friends. I have been working in the public health system, but can no longer ignore my desire to provide true woman-centred care.
I love supporting women to make informed decisions throughout their pregnancy, birth and beyond. Knowledge is power! I am passionate about promoting positive experiences for not only women, but their entire family. Being “with woman” in the community is a dream come true and I am very much enjoying working with Mamatoto Midwives.