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Selina Scoble, Jerusha Sutton, Jo Hunter, Zoe Naylor

How We Met

For 15 years Jo had been musing about making a documentary but didn’t know where to start. She spoke with Jerusha in 2015 about her ideas and they tossed the concept around for a while. They both knew that they needed to wait for the right team to come along to get it off the ground.

Then in 2016, Jo came to be Zoe's independent midwife for the birth of her second child Beau. Jerusha was Zoe’s birth photographer. During this experience they got to know Zoe and she was just as passionate about the topic as they were.

Together, the three of them had the ideas, the contacts in the birth world, the contacts in the film making world, some technical know-how, the courage and the passion to go ALL IN!

The original Birth Time family was born....

Zoe, Jo and Jerusha began filming for the documentary.

One of the people they interviewed was Olympian Selina Scoble who was pregnant at the time. Immediately they knew Selina was the missing link.

It's one thing to create a vision but how do you share that vision with the world?

Selina has helped put Birth Time out to the digital world and start the Birth Time Movement via our website and social media.

We now realise we are creating something a lot bigger than just a Documentary – we are forging the Birth Time Movement!

#ItsTime #BirthTime #OneWomanOneMidwife #BreakTheBirthSilence #MeTooInBirth

How We Met

For 15 years Jo had been musing about making a documentary but didn’t know where to start. She spoke with Jerusha in 2015 about her ideas and they tossed the concept around for a while.

They both knew that they needed to wait for the right team to come along to get it off the ground.

Then in 2016, Jo came to be Zoe's independent midwife for the birth of her second child Beau. Jerusha was Zoe’s birth photographer.

During this experience they got to know Zoe and she was just as passionate about the topic as they were.

Together, the three of them had the ideas, the contacts in the birth world, the contacts in the film making world, some technical know-how, the courage and the passion to go ALL IN!

The original Birth Time family was born....

Zoe, Jo and Jerusha began filming for the documentary.

One of the people they interviewed was Olympian Selina Scoble who was pregnant at the time.

Immediately they knew Selina was the missing link. It's one thing to create a vision but how do you share that vision with the world?

Selina has helped put Birth Time out to the digital world and start the Birth Time Movement via our website and social media.

We now realise we are creating something a lot bigger than just a Documentary – we are forging the Birth Time Movement!

#ItsTime #BirthTime #OneWomanOneMidwife #BreakTheBirthSilence #MeTooInBirth

Meet Jo

Jo Hunter is a mother of four and an endorsed Medicare eligible midwife in private practice.

She has worked with birthing families since 1998, first as a doula and childbirth educator and since 2009 as a privately practising midwife.

Jo now works across the full scope of midwifery practice offering continuity of midwifery care primarily to women who are planning to birth at home. Jo has visiting rights at Westmead Hospital and a signed collaborative agreement with several obstetricians that enables her to provide midwifery care to women with higher needs who wish to birth in hospital, or for those whose situation changes and a clinical need for obstetric input arises.

Jo has completed post graduate qualifications, a Bachelor of Nursing (First Class Honours), and the Screening, Diagnostics, Pharmacology and Prescribing course for Midwives.

She is a guest lecturer at UTS for the Bachelor of Midwifery degree and the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, and regularly presents at conferences and runs workshops related to midwifery.

Jo was formerly the National Convenor of Homebirth Australia, which is the peak national body for homebirth in Australia. She was heavily involved in lobbying and advocacy as the chair of this organization and was at its helm when Medicare for midwives was secured.

In 2019 she was nominated and runner up as Hesta’s Midwife of the Year.

Jo has co-convened 10 national conferences related to midwifery and childbirth.

She has since co-founded ‘Birth Time’ (the movement) and co-written, directed and produced, ‘Birth Time: the documentary’ alongside Jerusha Sutton and Zoe Naylor.

Meet Jo

Jo Hunter is a mother of four and an endorsed Medicare eligible midwife in private practice.

She has worked with birthing families since 1998, first as a doula and childbirth educator and since 2009 as a privately practising midwife.

Jo, now works across the full scope of midwifery practice offering continuity of midwifery care primarily to women who are planning to birth a home. Jo has visiting rights at Westmead Hospital and a signed collaborative agreement with several obstetricians that enables her to provide midwifery care to women with higher needs who wish to birth in hospital, or for those whose situation changes and a clinical need for obstetric input arises.

Jo has completed post graduate qualifications, a Bachelor of Nursing (First Class Honours), and the Screening, Diagnostics, Pharmacology and Prescribing course for Midwives.

She is a guest lecturer at UTS for the Bachelor of Midwifery degree and the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, and regularly presents at conferences and runs workshops related to midwifery.

Jo was formerly the National Convenor of Homebirth Australia, which is the peak national body for homebirth in Australia. She was heavily involved in lobbying and advocacy as the chair of this organization and was at its helm when Medicare for midwives was secured.

In 2019 she was nominated and runner up as Hesta’s Midwife of the Year.

Jo has co-convened 10 national conferences related to midwifery and childbirth.

She has since co-founded ‘Birth Time’ (the movement) and co-written, directed and produced, ‘Birth Time: the documentary’ alongside Jerusha Sutton and Zoe Naylor.

Meet Jerusha

Jerusha is a doula, and birth photographer & videographer based in Sydney. She trained as a doula in 2006 through Childbirth International, and has since worked extensively as a birth and postnatal doula in both London and Sydney.

Jerusha found the beauty of birth so captivating that she soon trained in photography so she could capture the magic of what she was seeing with her doula clients, to provide lifelong visual memories of their birthing experience. She soon also moved in to videography, creating birth films for the women she supported. She photographs pregnancy, birth and families on a regular basis. 

Jerusha won the 2019 Postpartum category in the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Competition, and was finalist in the 2019 Australian College of Midwives Birth Photography Competition. 

Her portraits of birthing women were exhibited in the Motherlove exhibition, both at the Creative Space Gallery in Curl Curl, and later the Royal Hospital for Women in 2019. 

Capturing and supporting births is her deep passion and hence the seed of creating a documentary for, and about birthing women was planted long ago. 

Jerusha is a proud volunteer member of Heartfelt, an organisation that gives the gift of photographic memories to families experiencing stillbirth, with premature babies or critically ill children. 

Jerusha also has a background in acting, gaining an Advanced Diploma in Stage and Screen Acting at ACTT in 2001. Since then she has worked as an actor, in casting and in film production. This experience both in front of, and behind the camera fed in to the creation of Birth Time: the documentary.

Jerusha is a mother to a four year old fire cracker and is pregnant with her second baby.

Meet Zoe

Zoe Naylor is no stranger to film, television and stage having graced our screens for the past 25 years in such productions as The Reef, Mcleod’s Daughters, Gladiators, Book of Revelation, MTV Australia, Qantas, NRL Footy Show, NZ’s Orange Roughies, Sportscafe….and much, much more.

Former School Captain of Loreto College, Normanhurst and University Scholarship winner, she is no stranger to ‘over achievement’ having spent much of her life pursuing and attaining external success receiving countless awards and accolades. 

Having spoken quite publicly about her history of addiction, Zoe has expanded her career and now also mentors women globally as part of her @KaftanMama wellness enterprise. She is far more passionate about helping people create ‘A connected & fulfilling life’ than chasing the latest red carpet. She frequently works as a Doula, facilitates Mother Blessings and Moon Circles and is currently completing her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

She has also taken to producing, establishing Eagle Rose Productions alongside her fiancé, Aaron Jeffery – a production company connecting people more deeply with their human experience. Their first drama feature is slated for 2021.

As an accomplished MC and Keynote Speaker, with corporate clients like Google, Qantas, BOQ, Think Tank, CICA, Variety, Jaguar, Clubs QLD, Astra, Paspaley and more… Zoe’s recent homebirth experience birthing her second child, Beau she says is by far her ‘greatest achievement to date’. 

Zoe has since co-founded Birth Time (the movement) and co-written, directed and produced, Birth Time: the documentary alongside Jo and Jerusha. 

She remains a national ambassador for Tourism Australia, Australia Day, RUOK? and Australian Organic and is passionate about her work as a Mama, Partner, Entrepreneur, Producer, Artist and Activist.

Meet Zoe

Zoe Naylor is no stranger to film, television and stage having graced our screens for the past 25 years in such productions as The Reef, Mcleod’s Daughters, Gladiators, Book of Revelation, MTV Australia, Qantas, NRL Footy Show, NZ’s Orange Roughies, Sportscafe….and much, much more.

Former School Captain of Loreto College, Normanhurst and University Scholarship winner, she is no stranger to ‘over achievement’ having spent much of her life pursuing and attaining external success receiving countless awards and accolades.

Having spoken quite publicly about her history of addiction, Zoe now mentors women globally as part of her @KaftanMama wellness enterprise and is far more passionate about helping people create ‘A connected & fulfilling life’ than chasing the latest red carpet. She frequently works as a Doula, facilitates Mother Blessings and Moon Circles and is currently completing her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

She has also taken to producing, establishing Eagle Rose Productions alongside her fiancé, Aaron Jeffery – a production company inviting people to connect more deeply with their human experience.

As an accomplished MC and Keynote Speaker, with corporate clients like Google, Qantas, BOQ, Think Tank, CICA, Variety, Jaguar, Clubs QLD, Astra, Paspaley and more…Zoe’s recent homebirth experience birthing her second child, Beau she says is by far her ‘greatest achievement to date’.

Zoe has since co-founded Birth Time (the movement) and co-written, directed and produced, Birth Time: the documentary alongside Jo and Jerusha.

She remains a national ambassador for Tourism Australia, Australia Day, RUOK? and Australian Organic and is passionate about her work as a Mama, Partner, Entrepreneur, Producer, Artist and Activist.

Meet Selina

Selina has the rare distinction of being an Olympian, a dual USA college athlete, an Entrepreneur, Speaker, Youth Leader, and her greatest achievement to date, a mama of two. 

Born and raised in New Zealand, Selina’s parents divorced when she was seven, and moved to Australia when she was ten. 

She played a lot of different sports and found her passion in basketball and volleyball.  After high school, Selina was offered a rare dual USA Division 1 Scholarship at Oregon State University, for both basketball and volleyball.

Reaching the pinnacle, Selina represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Indoor Volleyball.

She went on to graduate in 2002 with a Bachelor of Business as an honours student.

But it wasn’t all roses.

Selina sprained her ankle the day before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in their very last training session, and she battled post Olympic depression, along with losing her home in the 2011 Brisbane floods.

She has created and founded 9 businesses, some on her own, some with partners. It has been a massive playground of exploration, learnings and new skill sets. This has led her on to join the Birth Time team in which she is passionate about educating women about birth and what is really going on in our maternity systems not only in Australia, but around the world.

Selina's passions also lie in helping our youth.  She runs a series of youth leadership programs to support kids and teens on their journey to discover their strengths and passions in life, along with teachings to help get them through resilient times.

Meet Selina

Selina has the rare distinction of being an Olympian, a dual USA college athlete, an Entrepreneur, Speaker, Youth Leader, and her greatest achievement to date, a mumma of two. 

Born and raised in New Zealand, Selina’s parents divorced when she was seven, and moved to Australia when she was ten. 

She played a lot of different sports and found her passion in basketball and volleyball.  After high school, Selina was offered a rare dual USA Division 1 Scholarship at Oregon State University, for both basketball and volleyball.

Reaching the pinnacle, Selina represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Indoor Volleyball.

She went on to graduate in 2002 with a Bachelor of Business, as an honours student.

But it wasn’t all roses.

Selina sprained her ankle the day before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in their very last training session, and she battled post Olympic depression, along with losing her home in the 2011 Brisbane floods.

She has created and founded 9 businesses, some on her own, some with partners. It has been a massive playground of exploration, learnings and new skill sets. This has led her on to be part of the team with Birth Time, in which she is passionate about educating women about birth and what is really going on in our maternity systems not only in Australia, but around the world.

Selina's passions also lie in helping our youth in which she has created a series of youth leadership programs to support kids and teens on their journey to discover their strengths and passions in life, along with skillsets to get them through resilient times.

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