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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.

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Jennifer McCartin - Vice President

After supporting births in the late ‘90’s in the U.S.A Jennifer became certified in 2012 with Optimum Birth in Australia. She is both a birth and postnatal Doula along with Placenta Encapsulation professional. Jennifer also holds a Certificate III in Dispensary Community Pharmacy, and is hoping to undertake either a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or Pathology in 2018. But her true passion lies in supporting families at births. 

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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!

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Trudy Vains - Treasurer

Trudy began her journey in 2010 to help pregnant woman with health and well being and moving into Doula studies in 2017. Trudy is a Birth and Post Natal Doula, Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, Spinning Babies Parent Educator – the first person in Australia to teach this course after travelling to USA, teaches Pregnancy and Post Natal Yoga and holds regular gathering for mums. Based in Burpengary QLD. Her own birth experiences led to seeking more information about birth and how to help ensure good posture, movement, breathe and knowledge – combined experience – makes all the difference in a birthing space.

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Dr Aimee Sing PhD - Committee Member

Aimee is a mother, doula, breastfeeding counsellor, birth educator, birth activist and doctor. The powerful VBAC of her second baby drove her away from a career as a science research academic into study to become a breastfeeding counsellor and doula. She has a Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (Counselling), is a certified doula (Life Options) and Sacred Menarche Practitioner (Sacred Living Movement). Aimee is also trained in optimal maternal positioning, reconnected parenting and doula-ing at a distance. She coordinates Homebirth New South Wales, Homebirth Consortium Australia and Homebirth Australia, and also volunteers with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Maternity Choices Australia and Doula Network Australia.

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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.

Kelly Bardon - Committee Member


Nichola Kinnane - Junior Committee Member


Donna Berent - Junior Committee Member


Aimee Taaffe - Junior Committee Member


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. 

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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