Committee members generously donate their time and talents to serve the association. They are elected at our Annual General Meeting each year. Below are our current Committee members.
Christa Buckland - President & Co-Founder
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
Nimity Keon - Vice-President & Co-Founder
Nimity began her career as a birth and postnatal doula in 2004. Prior to this, she was a full-time nanny for seven years, working with families in Sydney and Europe. Nimity now supports women exclusively during the postnatal period and has a thriving practice in Newcastle. She is also a placenta encapsulator and co-founded the group in 2011.
0431 942 781
Lynda Taylor - Treasurer
Lynda has been supporting women for 10 years as a yoga instructor and completed her doula training with the Australian Doula College in 2011.
She is an Advanced Birthing From Within™ Mentor and Doula and will be doing further study with Pam England in the near future.
Lynda is also a qualified Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist and Placenta Specialist.
0405 810 038
Lucretia McCarthy - Secretary
0419 620 058
Erika Elliott - Committee Member
Erika has been a doula since 2005. Her foundation in birthwork began with doula training at Birthing Rites Australia with Marie Burrows where she also studied childbirth education.
Erika went on to become a calmbirth practitioner and Advanced Birthing From Within Mentor and will be continuing her studies with Pam England later this year. She is also a pre- and postnatal massage therapist, placenta encapsulator and offers Birth Story Healing sessions.
0425 217 788
Narelle Horwitz - Committee Member
Narelle began working as a doula in 2012, although she has been supporting women for over a decade. She is a registered psychologist and specialises in the perinatal period. Narelle has a wealth of experience supporting women's emotional needs and has worked in a variety of settings. She is a certified birth and postnatal doula and has a Diploma in Childbirth Education.
0411 101 859
Jerusha Sutton - Committee Member
Jerusha has been a doula since 2006. She worked in London for several years as a birth and postnatal doula and did further training with Sheila Kitzinger, Michel Odent and Nurturing Birth.
Jerusha is also an actor and a birth and family photographer. She volunteers for Heartfelt - an organisation of professional photographers who give their time and skills to create photographic memories for families of stillborn babies and terminally ill children.
0414 790 796
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:
Briony Goodsell, Secretary, 2014-15