Cathryn Curtin commenced her nursing career
in May 1975 at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Cathryn studied
to become a midwife at The Mercy Hospital in East Melbourne, Australia in
1979 and since then has been active in supporting women and families during
birth and providing parenting advice and guidance. Cathryn has supported
numerous women throughout the birthing process and was instrumental in the
1980’s in setting up Birth Centres within Melbourne in order to promote
active birth within a home like environment, as an alternative to traditional
hospital labour wards. Cathryn’s philosophy has always been to provide a
supportive approach to birth…whatever the method of delivery of the baby.
Cathryn graduated as a Maternal and Child
Health Nurse in 1984 and worked primarily in the public and not-for-profit
sectors leading her to executive management roles in Community Health and
Local Government, specializing in planning for service provision, managing
community contracts and undertaking diverse projects as reflected by the
needs of the community.
In 2003 the Maternal and Child Health team
Cathryn managed was awarded the Victorian Premiers Award for continuous
improvement in Local Government. Cathryn was instrumental in developing
the model of care for the Maternal and Child Health Service. Her knowledge
of Maternal and Child Health Services within Victoria is current and over
the past 2 years has reviewed several Maternal and Child Health Services
for various Local Government organizations guiding MCH services through
a variety of change management processes.
Cathryn is highly regarded with a well established
reputation in providing excellent community and health service consultancy
within a vast range of programs in the local government and community sector.
Cathryn has extensive experience in working
with families within the Maternal and Child Health service area and maintains
a close network with key agencies and communities around the issues of service
innovation, parenting practices, awareness of child safety and development
and early intervention programs.
worked casually at the Victorian State Government funded, 24 hour Maternal
and Child Health Line. The MCH Line is a Victorian state-wide 24 hour
telephone service providing information on parenting, childhood illnesses
and support and advice to parents, grandparents or careers of children. The service is staffed by qualified
Maternal and Child Health Nurses who provide callers with information, support
and advice regarding child health, maternal and family health and parenting
Cathryn Curtin Consulting was formed
in 2005 and Cathryn has provided private support to women and families in
the immediate post-natal period within the clients’ home.
The success of the in home support inspired
Cathryn to set up the Curtin Day Stay Service. Cathryn
saw the need of families to have on-going support post discharge from hospital,
especially individual care of the woman post birth, assistance with correct
attachment of the baby to the breast, treating sore cracked nipples, breast
engorgement and mastitis and settling newborn babies and educating and supporting
parents with sleeping routines for babies under 6 months of age.
Cathryn also works as a midwife with, Dr
Len Kliman Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, in his practice in East Melbourne,
Victoria. Her role is to support, advise and guide women and their partners
throughout the stages of their pregnancy and at times supports women throughout
the process of labour.
Dr Len Kliman saw the need to follow up to
every client post birth with a phone call and Cathryn has found her new
role to be a great success. Cathryn provides a continuum of care for Dr
Kliman’s clients’ who may need breast feeding advice, general support and
guidance in the early post natal period and on line or in-home breast feeding
Antenatal classes are for parents to be, to help both partners get involved
in the preparations for labour and birth.
Classes offer a specific time to focus on the pregnancy, which can make the
process more real and is also an opportunity to meet other parents-to-be.
The classes are small, informative and facilitated by Cathryn Curtin...the
best in the business.
Cath Curtin has over 32 years experience in nursing, midwifery and maternal
and child health.
Cath has extensive experience working with families before, during and after
the birth of a new baby.
Her vast knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth, maternal and child health and
development has provided many new parents with confidence to enjoy the
precious early years of parenting.
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