Our Team

Karen Kruit

Director of Midwifery
RN | RM | Master of Midwifery | Master of Nursing NP | Endorsed Midwife | Nurse Practitioner

Karen is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife with extensive experience across the continuum of maternity care and has practised in all models of care from high risk tertiary care to community based home birthing. She has practised in both the public and private sectors in WA, in Tasmania and internationally, in the Netherlands and Africa since 1990. It is this background of international professional experience across a wide range of health care services and her experience in clinical care, service management, quality and safety, and a strong academic history that places her well to offer a safe, woman-centred holistic midwifery service.

Dr Hannah Georgia-Price


Dr Hannah works in Obstetrics and Emergency Medicine and also has an interest in Children’s Health. She graduated from the University of Southampton UK and moved to Australia to finish her postgraduate studies before embarking on becoming a mother herself. She completed her Advanced Diploma in Obstetrics through King Edward Memorial Hospital and still works delivering babies in rural Western Australia.

Vanessa Butera

Registered Midwife | Endorsed Midwife

Vanessa is a Registered Midwife with many years experience assisting women with home births, as an independent midwife and previously with the Community Midwifery Program. Vanessa is a mother of 2 beautiful kids who are growing up fast, Ryan and Isabella. Vanessa believes that continuity of care and informed decision making maximises the chance of a safe, empowered birth.  

Lesley Kuliukas

RM | RN | PhD | MA (Midwifery) | PGCEA | ADM | Endorsed Midwife

Lesley’s rich midwifery experience spans a wide variety of maternity settings over many years. Lesley completed her nursing at Charing Cross Hospital in London and midwifery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She has practised over the whole spectrum of maternity care from high risk hospital settings to birth centres and at home in the community. Lesley’s focus is to provide a safe woman-centred approach, tailored to individual needs. She aims to ensure that every couple is able to approach the birth of their baby and approaching parenthood, prepared physically and psychologically, fully informed and ready for the next part of their life journey. 

Claire Oldfield

RN | RM | Endorsed Midwife

Claire has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked at a tertiary maternity hospital for the past 17 years. She has trained as a Naturopath, Registered Nurse and Midwife with a passion for women centred care from pre-conception, pregnancy and through to the postnatal period.


As a mum of to two young children, she believes that all women and their families deserve to experience a close relationship with their midwife throughout their unique journey. Having one to one midwifery lead care enables couples to feel safe, nurtured and informed during an exciting yet sometimes confusing time.

Ruth McIntosh

Registered Midwife | Endorsed Midwife | Lactation Consultant

Ruth trained in the UK as a community midwife, and re-located to Perth, Australia in 2006.  Before joining Perth Maternity she was the Coordinator of Education Services at The Bump WA, overseeing Pregnancy Classes and Lactation Consultation services.  Ruth is a qualified Lactation Consultant, presents Caesarean workshops and provides midwifery advice to women.

Pamela Morley-Smith

RN | RM | Endorsed Midwife

After qualifying as a midwife in 1994 in the U.K, Pam has worked in a number of different maternity settings in her 26 year career, so far, and three different countries including the U.K., Canada and now  Australia since moving here in 2004. Working in all aspects of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal  are, with a particular interest in breastfeeding.

She has worked in team and hospital based models of care and passionately believes that continuity of care between a woman, her family and her midwife is paramount. She has noted that  outcomes and satisfaction are much improved with a known midwife and special relationships are made where women can feel safe to express their concerns and feel secure to ask questions that will be answered honestly.

She believes knowledge and informed choices are one of the most important factors in a women's care for the best and most satisfying results and looks forward to caring for you through this very special time in your life.

Stephanie Sowerby

RN | RM | Endorsed Midwife

Stephanie is a registered Midwife with a vast range of knowledge and experience in the field of midwifery. She trained in the UK and has now settled in Western Australia working as a community based midwife. After qualifying from the University of Northumbria in 2012,  Stephanie went on to work as a hospital based midwife for 4 years and then as a community midwife for around a year, before, moving to WA in 2016.


Prior to joining Perth Maternity, Stephanie was a hospital based midwife at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Her ultimate midwifery focus is to provide women-centered care that is holistic and I believe that continuity of care and informed decision making maximises the chance of an empowered pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.