Midwife/Director and Lactation Consultant
With more than 25 years experience as a midwife in urban and regional maternity units, Allison Stephens offers the combination of woman-centred midwifery care with a detailed understanding of the Queensland public health system.
Before joining the Coast Life Midwifery practice in 2016 Allison worked in maternity units in Bundaberg and in her early career at a small rural hospital in Gayndah.
Trained as a midwife at the Gold Coast hospital in 1989, Allison has worked across all areas of a public hospital maternity unit.
Qualifying as a lactation consultant in 2000, Allison developed and managed a weekly breastfeeding clinic at the Bundaberg maternity unit and lead the unit to successfully achieve “Baby Friendly Health Initiative” accreditation.
“I believe women deserve the opportunity to have continuity of care and be supported, empowered and made to feel safe during their pregnancy, birth, and postnatal care,” Allison said
“The passion I have for midwifery and the privilege of being with women has meant that have I enjoyed each and every day I have worked as a midwife. I am in constant awe of the strength of women to succeed and meet their goals.
“Working with the Coast Life Midwifery I have been privileged to develop some beautiful friendships and relationships with many women and their families. It is an absolute privilege to be able to support women, their partners and families to achieve their goals and a positive birth experience. “
Supporting women to breastfeed has been a passion for Allison since her completion of midwifery training when she realised that women were not supported or even given information on “how to breastfeed”. She trained as a breastfeeding counsellor with Nursing Mothers now the Australian Breastfeeding Association and later qualified as a Lactation Consultant to offer new mums the support, advice and encouragement to achieve what sometimes feels like the impossible.