Committee members generously donate their time and talents to serve the association. Our Committee is made up of both experienced and new 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 Maddock 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 the Doula Network Australia Vice President and the NSW Doula Rep.
She works as a natural therapist, holistic bodyworker, birth
photographer and placenta encapsulator for her business: Natural Beginnings.
She also teaches men how to be great birth support partners at Beer + Bubs -childbirth education for dads.
0415 683 074
Samantha Gunn - Secretary
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.”
0409 955 779
Dr Aimee Sing PhD - Committee Member
0438 862 178
Sandra Mulligan - Committee Member
Chey Fletcher - Junior Committee Member/ QLD State Rep
0406 079 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross - Junior Committee Member
Cathe Ross 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. Cathe's qualifications also include Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services.
She is passionate about supporting women and their choice in birth and postpartum care.
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:
- Jennifer McCartin
- Dr Aimee Sing
- Kelly Bardon
- Donna Berent
- Nicola Kinnane
- Aimee Taaffe
- 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