Committee members generously donate their time and talents to serve the association. Our Committee is made up of 7 experienced doulas (at least 3+ years) and 3 newer doulas to ensure we have balanced representation of our members. They are elected at our Annual General Meeting each year. Below are our current Committee members.
Claire Wyborn - President
Claire began her doula journey in 2008. She has completed courses with Optimum Birth (2008), Dial-a-Doula (2012, 2014), Fiona Hallinan (2016) and DONA International (2016, 2017). Claire also has a Certificate IV in Business and Customer Contact and training in MYOB. Claire offers birth and postnatal doula services, pregnancy massage, birth hypnosis and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She proudly volunteers for the registered charity Birth for Human Kind.
Virginia Maddock - Vice President
Virginia is wife to a kiwi, and mother to two home-born boys, 2 rescue cats and 4 silkie chooks.
Virginia has been a doula for over 15 years, she is also the Doula Network Australia Vice President and the NSW Doula Representative.
She works as a natural therapist, holistic bodyworker, birth photographer and placenta encapsulator for her business: Natural Beginnings.
Virginia also teaches men how to be great birth support partners at Beer + Bubs - childbirth education for dads.
P: 0415 683 074
Samantha Gunn - Secretary
Qualifying as a doula in 2017, Samantha is now a birth & postnatal doula and Hypnobirthing Australia™ educator based on Sydney's North Shore. She left her career as an accountant when she started her family and it's her own experience of having doula support at all of her births that drew her to become one today. With a love for learning, Samantha is a certified hypnotherapist and also holds qualifications in acupressure, baby massage, aromatherapy and optimal maternal positioning techniques. A strong belief that supporting new families well provides a positive foundation for family life is what drives her work with her clients and her volunteering with the Association - better supported doulas can support their clients better!
Jo Askham- Treasurer
Jo moonlights in the day as a student, website concocter; administrative assistant to Rhea Dempsey; and ‘doulas' a broad range of events such as prenatal yoga, family communal camps, workshops, support circles, conferences and international events.
Jo is a Mother to three babies of her own whose arrivals took a journey through a hospital birth to two planned home births sparking her passion to bring humanity and knowledge to childbirth.
She has been helping families as a doula and childbirth educator for over 20 years and is currently studying for her Bachelor of Midwifery at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
“My passion is to bring community to life and birth through support, events, knowledge and advocacy.”
P: 0409 955 779
Sandra Mulligan - Committee Member
Sandra became a doula in 2016 with a desire to support the rite of passage of birth and the newborn family in the postpartum period. She attended the Australian Doula College, attaining a Cert IV in Doula Services in 2016. She also has a
Bachelor of Adult Education, (Human Resources & Communication) and a Post Graduate degree in TESOL. Sandra has completed courses with Global Rites of Passage Leadership training in 2015, Spinning Babies 2017, Celebration of Birth post partum training 2018, DONA International post partum care 2018, Level 1 yoga teacher training at Swami Sarasvati 2018. She has a wide focus of training in spiritual and healing modalities, beginning with Reiki level II in 1996.
Cate Grant - Committee Member
Cate has over 25 years experience as a journalist and brings expertise in sourcing accurate information, objectivity, and her great people skills!
Cate is a mum of five and a Grandma. She decided to become a doula after supporting her friend's home-birth of their second son. It was a profoundly healing experience for her, after a traumatic first birth.
For Cate, it was an epiphany! She knew THIS is what she was here to do.
P: 0427 013 517
Cathe Ross - Junior Committee Member
Cathe is a Mother of 2 adult children and soon to be Grandmother.
Cathe has been working with children, their families and other childcare professionals in roles as Director of OSHC and many different Children’s services’ over the past 30 years.
She has recently completed her Postpartum Doula course with Sunderai at Dial a Doula in the beautiful Autumn retreat.
Her qualifications also include an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services.
Cathe is passionate about supporting women and their choice in birth and postpartum care.
Chey Fletcher - Junior Committee Member
Chey is a Body Image and Pregnancy Coach and also specialises in Infant Loss.
Chey is a bereaved mother to her daughter Marcilee Fay. Chey's passion for working with pregnant women, and their partners was ignited after the stillbirth of her daughter. Chey emerged on the other side of her loss with a burning desire to guide and empower every women, and their partner to have the best pregnancy experience possible.
Chey supports all women and their partners through any stage of their pregnancy journey regardless of the outcome.
NLP practitioner + Life Coach
Diploma in Birth Doula
Diploma in Hypnobirthing
Certificate in Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Meditation
P: 0406 079 002
Christa Buckland - Co-Founder & Public Officer
Christa has been a doula and childbirth educator since 2010. She has also completed studies in hypnobirthing, postnatal support and placenta encapsulation.
She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) from Western Sydney University and is now embarking upon postgraduate research studies. She co-founded the group in 2011 and is passionate about networking and mentoring.
0422 229 312
THANK YOU TO OUR PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEMBERS!
We would like to recognise and thank the following people for their service on the Committee in the past:
Christa Buckland, President, 2014-19
Danera Wilkinson, 2017-19
Vicki Hobbs, 2018-19
Ellen Croucher, Secretary, 2017-19
Julia MacLeod, Vice-President, 2017-19
Nimity Keon, Co-Founder & Vice-President, 2014-17
Erika Elliott, 2014-17
Jerusha Sutton, 2014-17
Lucretia McCarthy, Secretary, 2015-17
Narelle Horwitz, 2014-17
Lynda Taylor, Treasurer, 2014-17
Briony Goodsell, Secretary, 2014-15