Ms Debra Harper RN RM
Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Masters (Child & Family Health)
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.
Deb 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.
Ms Elizabeth Hughes RN RM
Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, GDipNursing (Child & Family Health)
Libby is a registered nurse and midwife with over 30 years experience caring for new parents and their babies. She grew up in Hobart and then spent many years living and working interstate and overseas before returning to Hobart in 2002, with two young children. Libby has worked in many states in Australia and in all areas of maternity care. She has a special interest in antenatal education and sleep & settling for babies.
Libby also works at Hobart Private as a Midwife and has her own successful sleep and settling consultancy business. She runs sleep and settling workshops every month for new parents at Hobart Private Hospital. Libby has been helping families in Tasmania with their babies and sleep since 2006. She has a strong belief that we enjoy the challenges of parenting more when we have had a good night’s sleep!
Libby’s partner is Craig, a talented and passionate chef and she has two beautiful children William and Claire. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking the dog, going to the gym (well, not really enjoy), good food and travel.
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