Rhea Dempsey
Birthing Wisdom

birth support network

The birth attendants listed here are women who have completed their training with Rhea Dempsey.

Each birth attendant on this website shares a deeply felt calling to be with, to walk with — to plunge into the depths with and scale the heights with — birthing women. It’s an ancient calling being given a contemporary edge by women passionate about birthing as an enriching and transformative possibility.

While sharing this passion, the birth attendants on this list all work in an autonomous and independent way and their approaches and services may vary. Contact them individually on the numbers provided below.


During their 2015 training year, the students listed here are pleased to volunteer their time for birth support as part of their commitment to knowledge and skill development.


There is also a group of women who, on completion of their birth attendant training, have taken the further path into Midwifery. Some are still completing their midwifery studies and would welcome accompanying you as part of their ‘Follow through Journey’ experiences. Some work as Midwives within hospital settings, while some work as Independent Midwives.

You can contact them individually on the numbers provided.

Alice Barden – 0425 833 541
Seneka Cohen – 0405 042 605
Marie Gentile-Andrit – Mummabubbas


birth attendants (doulas)

Kerryanne Ansari North Eastern Suburbs and CBD
Jo Askham Melbourne Inner and Northern Suburbs
Jules Brooks Inner Melbourne suburbs
Di Diddle Inner Melbourne suburbs
Bree Downes All areas of Melbourne
Holly Edgar All areas of Melbourne
Tiffany Friday CBD and northern suburbs
Emily Gill Central, Northern, Bayside and South East Suburbs
Sarah Goldberg Elwood and all areas of Melbourne
Sarah Hand All areas of Melbourne
Gretta Harris Warburton, Yarra Valley, Ringwood, Warranwood, Warrigal
Fiona Harrison All areas of Melbourne
Nicole Herrin Eastern and north eastern suburbs, Yarra Valley and Warburton area.
Nina Isabella Central Victoria: Ballarat to Castlemaine
Elissa Jones Dandenong Ranges (will travel)
Amanda Kinnear All areas of Melbourne
Cath Lanigan East Gippsland
Edna Maloney All areas of Melbourne
Kate Mangos All areas of Melbourne
Melanie Maycock CBD and inner western suburbs
Erika Munton All areas of Melbourne – Eastern suburbs
Cherie Nixon Geelong region, Surfcoast, Great Ocean Road & the Otways, Bellarine Peninsula
Stephanie Norquay All areas of Melbourne
Elissa Pelling Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Ocean Shores, & surrounds
Linda Perucic All areas of Melbourne
Stephanie Pollock Geelong region, including rural areas, Surfcoast, Great Ocean Road & the Otways, Bellarine Peninsula
Lael Stone All areas of Melbourne
Julie Tenner All areas of Melbourne
Lisa Toscher Melbourne city, northern, north-east, and eastern suburbs
Simone Toussaint All areas of Melbourne
Nicole Tracy All areas of Melbourne
Liz Varney All areas of Melbourne
Kellie Whiskin Geelong, Surf Coast and all surrounds


midwifery students

Melissa McFarlane (student) Geelong, the Surfcoast and the Bellarine
2015 birth attendant students
Alexandra Harrison (student) Metropolitan Melbourne
Lola Howard (student) Metropolitan Melbourne
Shar Lawrence (student) Metropolitan Melbourne


other practitioners

Some other women who have trained with Rhea, whilst not offering birth support, express Birthing Wisdom in their creative work or in combination with complimentary therapy practices.

Birth Hub

Bump Birth & Beyond

Janelle da Silva

Charmaine Dennis – naturopath & director, Fertile Ground

Di Diddle

Annie Fogarty

Reiona Garth – massage therapist

Kimba Griffith

Rhiannon Hardingham – naturopath

Melanie Myers

Lucy Pierce art

Leigh Russell

Mardi Sommerfeld – photographer

Lael Stone

Kelly Winder