The Ella May Centre
a collaborative partner with 'Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond' Private Midwifery group practice
Providing Homebirth and Midwifery care to families of The Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Western Suburbs and Sydney
Jane Palmer, Hannah Dahlen, Melanie Jackson, Robyn Dempsey
Our Midwifery Practice celebrates, encourages and facilitates intervention free birthing and an experience where women and their families can feel informed, safe and in control.
The Ella May Centre and Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond support natural physiological pregnancy, birth, baby-feeding and parenting, at a location that the mother and her family are most comfortable with.
Melanie Jackson has a passion for homebirth and it is the role of each midwife to support woman's choice's throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond and to provide as much information as possible to inform this choice
About the Midwives
The Ella May Centre is owned and operated by Melanie Jackson. Melanie has a passion for assisting mothers to have an uninterrupted
physiological birth and loves to assist families who wish to have a homebirth in particular. Melanie has been a Naturopath for 6 years and specialises in Nutrition and herbal medicine. She is also a midwife in private practice and has been attending women at birth since 2008. She is currently completing a PhD on 'Birthing out side the System' at the University of Western Sydney with the assistance of a University scholarship. Melanie is a founding member of 'Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond' Private midwifery group practice and provides midwifery care to mothers, babies and their families in collaboration with Jane Palmer, Robyn Dempsey and Hannah Dahlen in addition to her commitment at the Ella May Centre. Melanie Provides midwifery services to families living all over the Blue Mountains, Hawksbury & Western Suburbs and can offer a flexible and accomodating service that best suits your needs.
To learn more about Melanie and get up to date information and resources on pregnancy, birth and parenting, visit Melanie's blog by
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Jane Palmer is a midwife in private practice located in Sydney. With additional qualifications as a childbirth educator and lactation consultant Jane supports families throughout the greater metropolitan area of Sydney. Qualifying as a midwife in the beginning of 1997, the majority of her midwifery practice has been outside of the hospital supporting women birthing at home. Jane is the owner and operator of 'Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond' and works collaboratively with the Ella May Centre to provide Mothers, children and their families with Midwifery care.
To learn more about Jane and get up to date information and resources on pregnancy, birth and parenting, visit Janes Website by
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I completed my midwifery training in 1990 at a Sydney hospital. Since then I have birthed all three of my babies at home with the care of a loving midwife.The care and respect these women showed me after the birth of my 1st son gave me the confidence to start my own midwifery practice. Hence the New Beginnings Midwifery Practice was born, in December 1996. I believe that childbirth is a very special moment in a woman and her family's life that needs to be nurtured carefully by someone that knows her and will respect her wishes. Robyn is a Privately Practicing midwife and National Co-ordinator of the Australian Society of Independent Midwives
To learn more about Robyn and get up to date information and resources on pregnancy, birth and parenting, visit Robyns Website by
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Hannah is one of the founding members of Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond and in addition to her commitments as a midwifery researcher at University, she provides clinical assistance, homebirth support and continued evidence based guidance to our Private group Practice. Hannah has been a midwife for many years and has an amazing array of expereinces to draw from a she cares for her clients both in the community and in hospital
If you wish to engage Hannah as your midwife please contact the Ella May Centre
Emma Fitzpatrick is a midwife located in the Hawkesbury, and commenced practice with Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond, Private Midwifery group practice in 2011. Emma has over 11 years extensive experience working with women and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. With a background of practising midwifery in a clinical setting, Emma birthed her first three children within a hospital setting, then had the incredible pleasure of birthing her fourth baby safely at home in the water.
Emma is experienced in supporting women and their families in antenatal education, breastfeeding and lactation support, surrogacy support and induced lactation, as well as supporting women to birth physiologically in both clinical and home setting. Emma has a passion for homebirth, and aims to see Homebirth in the Hawkesbury as a valid care option for women and their families.
To contact Emma please feel free to call or email:
0432 724 103
Service providers Partnering with
'The Ella May Centre'
'Yoga and Beyond'
Gigi is an experienced mother, educator, life skills coach, counsellor and yoga teacher. Gigi is the owner and operator of 'Yoga and Beyond'. She has a passion for promoting health and wellness within herself and for her clients. Yoga and Beyond have been small business award finalists 2 years running.
To learn more about Gigi and Yoga and Beyond' visit Gigi's Website by clicking the link below: