Our Team

Jen Branscombe – Acting CEO and Programs Manager

Jen joined the team in April 2017 in a new role, managing and growing the doula support, education and research programs. Jen has worked all over the world in the past 10 years – in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia on migrant rights, women’s rights, community and political engagement projects for organisations like the United Nations, SBS Radio and TV and small NGOs with big hearts including International Women’s Development Agency. She is also a mother of three little ones.

Annabel Davies – Chief Operations Officer

Annabel joined the team in March 2016 as our first Chief Operations. With a background in communications, and several years of experience as a COO with Ovarian Cancer Australia, Annabel plays a key role in managing the operational activities of the organisation, strategic direction, organisational culture and developing policies and procedures. She is a brilliant copy editor and writer and has two adorable sons. Annabel is currently on parental leave.

Kirstan Flannery – Co-Founder and Chair of the Board, volunteer doula

As Co-Founder and Chair of the Board, Kirstan is the heart of the organisation and provides strategic direction and guidance. She continues to be involved in our doula support and education programs, organising many of the professional development sessions for doulas and co-facilitating Mothering 101. Outside of Birth for Humankind, she runs her own private doula business, Birth Wise, and is a Birthing from Within Mentor. With a background in graphic and web design, holistic counselling and philanthropy she is a wearer of many (stylish) hats.

Carmen Hawker – Communications Manager

Carmen joined the team in May 2016 as our first Communications and Marketing Officer and has since taken on a bit more responsibility managing the Communications portfolio. She is a passionate storyteller and has been setting up the organisation’s digital media, image bank and data collection systems since she began, kicking off our monthly e-newsletter and managing all things social media. Her background is in gender and international relations and she is a Founding Member of The Global Women’s Project.

Beccah Bartlett – Doula Coordinator and Supervisor

Beccah is a registered nurse and midwife with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology. She has a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and recently founded mAdapt a mobile health intervention designed to improve reproductive health access for refugee populations. She is passionate about reducing health disparities and promoting respectful maternity care. Her hope for birthing women worldwide is that all women are able to experience a dignified and respectful birth that gives them the confidence to be a strong and compassionate mother.

Kester Naismith – Operations Coordinator

Kester joined the team in January 2016 and plays an integral role in ensuring the Birth for Humankind office functions effectively and efficiently. Kez is responsible for managing and maintaining the systems, processes and administration of the organisation to meet the expectations and needs of clients, volunteers, staff and the Board. Kez has a huge passion for birth work and supporting women, with a deep understanding of the role of doula having received support during the birth of her daughter in 2010.

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Volunteers

Sue Croke – Graphic Design Volunteer

A talented graphic designer, Sue volunteers her time to support the organisation’s marketing and communications and is responsible for all the beautiful graphics you see.