I live in the Blue Mountains, NSW with my super hubby Dan and two children who were both born at home. We homeschool our children and also enjoy maintaining our 5 acre hobby farm @frankiefarm.

I have been a midwife in private practice, and providing homebirth services, since 2009 and have learnt most of what I know about birth from women and current research. I've also been blessed with incredible peers and mentors through my career and continue to rely on them to this day.

In 2015 I also completed my PhD, called "birth outside the system: wanting the best and safest" This work sprouted a few academic publications. This work in academia has also allowed me to work as a researcher and midwifery lecturer at Western Sydney university, as a peer reviewer for academic journals and as a project officer at the Australian College of Midwives and motivates the work on my social media and youtube channels.

Since August 2022 I have been one of the Hosts and creator of The Great Birth Rebellion podcast which received half a million downloads in it's first year!

I also have a degree in Naturopathy and, although I don't work as a Naturopath anymore, I  incorporate alternative therapies and nutritional guidance into the care that I give my clients.

I also have a passion for growing, preparing and eating whole nourishing food and we farm on our 5 acre property with the intention of feeding our bodies and minds. You can see our farming and life endeavours @frankie.farm on instagram. Our family maintains a permaculture homestead in the Blue Mountains where we grow food, keep goats for milk and chickens and quails for eggs.  

Melanies Qualifications
B. Health Science (Naturopathy) Western Sydney University
Grad.Dip Theology Presbyterian Theological College
Masters Nursing (first grade honours) Sydney University
Grad. Dip Midwifery (with Distinction) Western Sydney University
Grad. Cert (Pharmacology) Griffith University
PhD Midwifery (Birth outside the system) -Western Sydney University (Click here to read Melanie's PhD Thesis)