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 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 are hoping to gain clinical access rights to public hospitals shortly which means we can then be your private midwives in a Public Hospital). 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 the Yarra Valley, and we also offer home visits.
Juliana Brennan’s Biography
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 midwives that I realized that gentle, calm and empowering birth can certainly be 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 labours 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 14yo, Grace is 12yo and Riley, my youngest son is 9yo. I had very positive birth experiences of 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.
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”.