Our TasOGS Midwives

Ms Alana Jarvis RN RM
Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife

Alana is a registered midwife and nurse with special interests in high-risk obstetrics, antenatal care, antenatal education and perinatal mental health.

Early in her nursing career, during her second year of general nurse training at North West Regional Hospital Burnie, Alana found herself drawn to midwifery. Ten years of general medical nursing and the birth of two handsome sons (Blaine and Kael) gave her a great personal and professional perspective into birthing and medical conditions that might influence pregnancies.

In 1996 Alana was able to embark on her specialist midwifery career so she could share her passion of supporting women and their families through their pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

Alana completed her midwifery training at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Hobart. She received the Staff nominated Award for Most Consistent Professional Practice for her year. Following this she returned to the North West Coast with the priority to complete her family, and was soon after to have her gorgeous daughter, Ayesha.

North West Private Hospital in Burnie are well known for their Midwifery Led Model of Care – the Know Your Midwife (KYM) Scheme. Alana was delighted to align herself with this on her return to the NW Coast. Alana worked in the role of Antenatal Care Unit Manager for her last 5 years on the NW Coast, while continuing to birth her own KYM clients, work on the Maternity Ward, and in the high risk clinic with Dr Hingston.

Alana has much passion for education of parents-to-be and has eagerly facilitated antenatal and breast feeding classes for more than 15 years. Perinatal mental health support is another special interest for Alana, having worked in a concurrent mental health setting during the last 6 years.

Alana and her daughter relocated to Hobart in 2015 after being invited to join the TasOGS team. Alana is currently employed at Hobart Private Hospital as well as in other local maternity services. Alana enjoys socialising, sunshine, family holidays and laughter at every opportunity. She also admits that she has a love affair with great food and wine and is currently eating her way through Hobart and surrounds!

Alana is thrilled to be part of the TasOGS family to provide midwifery care and education to enhance women’s pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience. This is a passion we all share at TasOGS.

Dr Connan and Dr Hingston are absolutely delighted to have Alana join the TasOGS family!

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Ms Debra Harper RN RM
Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife

Deb is a registered midwife and nurse with special interests in obstetrics, antenatal care and maternal and infant mental health.

Deb completed her general nursing in 1990, in Whyalla, South Australia and her midwifery in 1995, through The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide.

During her training she had an interest in communicating better with clients and decided to do some training in counselling. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Science – Health Counselling, in 1996 through UniSA. This was a busy time for Deb, as she gave birth to her daughter Megan, the week before the final weekend workshop.

After having Megan in 1997, Deb became passionate about breast feeding, which encouraged her to study and become accredited as an Internationally Accredited Lactation Consultant and she maintained this certification until 2015.

In 1998 Deb moved to Adelaide and worked at Flinders Private Hospital as a midwife and offered lactation support. She had her second daughter Ashlee in 1999.

Deb then moved to Roxby Downs, South Australia in 2004, which is where she completed her Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health. During the next two years she worked at the clinic as a “lone practitioner”, which Deb said was hard work, but extremely rewarding.

Deb and her husband Brent and their daughters moved to Hobart in 2010 and Deb started working in Child and Family Health and doing midwifery shifts at Hobart Private Hospital. She has loved being able to offer support and information to families ante-natally, as well as support with new babies, eg breast feeding and sleep and settling.

She has an interest in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health and has done further study on this topic and she completed her Masters of Child and Family Health in 2016.

Deb enjoys spending time with her family and watching her daughters play their sport. She likes to be active and enjoys playing touch football and taking her dog Choco for beach walks.

She is excited to have the opportunity to work as a member of the fantastic Tas OGS team and sharing her knowledge and offering support with the families, as well as gaining knowledge and experience from the team.

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Ms Imogen Paine RN RM
Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife

As a child Imogen would often be asked what she wanted to be when She “grew up” to this she responded ‘a Mother’. Of course this wasn’t a career path She could pursue straight away so instead she became a member of a team to help women be mothers.

Imogen graduated from accelerated Nursing at UTas in 2010 and jumped straight into a Diploma of Midwifery at Charles Sturt university. Now a midwife at Hobart Private she has found her passion.

Imogen loves educating and being part of a team. In her spare time she is the President of the Old Nick Theatre company and loves anything comedy or Musical Theatre. An A-grade band champion on the flute and State representative of underwater hockey for Tasmania, NSW and Queensland. Imogen also works at UTas for the medical school helping to educate, train and shape medical students into being fantastic doctors.

Imogen is very excited to be joining the TasOgs family, a group of fine women. They inspire her to be the very best that she can be.

 

 

 

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