Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Martina was drawn to the nursing profession by a curiosity with health and disease and a deep desire to make a difference to people and their families in their hour of need. After completing my training as a Registered Nurse in Germany in 2003 she knew that she was on the right track. Martina’s career gave me a great sense of satisfaction and fulfilment, it also offered me opportunities to travel outside of Germany, to the UK and Australia.
In 2005 she started working as an Intensive Care Nurse (ICU) in the UK. This was an exciting and challenging evolution of her nursing career, in particular when she started at The Alfred Hospital ICU here in Melbourne in 2008. The ICU by its very nature is a highly medicalised, invasive and interventionist environment. She worked with seriously compromised patients who were often dangling on the edge of life and death. She gained and honed advanced, lifesaving clinical skills in this setting which would serve her well as after 6 years in ICU her career took an unexpected turn. Midwifery came calling and she was unaware of how her life was about to be redefined.
As a midwife she soon discovered that the ICU environment was a world away from caring for women experiencing a normal pregnancy and natural, physiological childbirth. She noticed that unlike acute and urgent management of a crisis situation, there is plenty of time for women to prepare and educate themselves about childbirth and progress through the natural stages of pregnancy in an informed and nurturing way.
Throughout her employment in the public maternity system she became increasingly concerned about the high level of interventions that she critically witnessed in the mainstream maternity model, a model that struggles to provide individualised care and to prioritise womens’ needs.
Martina’s experiences and observations became the catalyst for her to consider more personal, wellness based models that focuses on prevention and maintenance of health and that powerfully place the woman at the centre of her pregnancy and birth experience. A model that empowers mums, offers safety and continuity of care.
She started Ten Moons to offer a woman centered, personalised and holistic midwifery service designed to promote health and wellness and to respect the rights and choices of pregnant and birthing women. Our philosophy relies on building warm, supportive, trusting relationships over time and tailoring services to suit each woman we work with.
The advantage of working as an independent midwife is that we are able to provide individualised and evidence-based advice and care within the scope of midwifery practice, but that is not bound by rigid policies and protocols like other health services and institutions.
We work closely with a team of holistic complementary and alternative health care practitioners and aim to integrate a seamless interface with the medical health care system as situations with a valid reason for medical intervention arise. Martina’s clinical background in ICU means that she is equipped with skills to promptly recognise important clinical signs & symptoms of illness that need urgent referral and treatment.
Ulyana believes that birth is a sacred space because new life is entering into the world, and that new life is best welcomed into a safe and warm place with family present.
Women are capable of giving birth to their own babies and if all is well, sometimes the only intervention needed besides giving a woman time to do what she needs to do, is nurturing and guidance to reach the finishing line.
Sometimes help is by not helping, as by using interventions without a valid medical reason we can create more problems.
Ulyana has a particular interested in the microbiome research, including antibiotic use during birth and its potential lifelong implications.
Ulyana has finished her Bachelor of Midwifery in 2007 in South Australia and since then has mainly been employed in the public hospital environment, over the last 3 years in a team midwifery program.
Ulyana has 2 children age 7 and 13.
Registered Midwife- PhD, Registered Nurse
Sharon has practiced as a midwife for 16 years, in various roles and settings. She has worked across the full spectrum of midwifery practice; in hospital birth suites, birth centres, team midwifery care, continuity of care models, home births, academia and research. She has taught midwifery as a lecturer and tutored midwifery students for almost ten years and she completed a PhD exploring midwifery student competency.
In 2016 she again returned to clinical practice as a midwife in private practice supporting women’s choice of out-of-hospital birth space, after a short hiatus for child rearing. Sharon has 2 children.
As a midwife in private practice, she embodies the philosophy of midwifery as primary health care. As she work in the community, the most satisfying and humbling part part of her role as a midwife is getting to know the woman, in her home; her family, friends, worldviews and aspirations.
Sharon works in ‘partnership’ with women; with respect for them and their choices and she is an advocate for the autonomy of women as well as the midwifery profession.
If you require Personal Midwifery Care by a Registered Midwife, please contact us.