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Yvonne Heavyside BA (Hons), RGN, HV Dip, DN Cert, IBCLC, Further Education Teachers Certificate, NSC Instructor

Yvonne is from the UK and founded The Family Zone to provide personal-touch and professional services to her clients. She is a Health Visitor (maternal & child health specialist), UK Registered General Nurse, Community Nurse, a Hong Kong registered nurse, Lactation Consultant, Further Education Teacher and First Aid & CPR Instructor. She has over 30 years experience working in many different districts in the UK and 18 years in Hong Kong including work with the Matilda International Hospital. During her time in Hong Kong, Yvonne has also been involved in Child & Maternal Health journalism. Alongside this wealth of experience, she is also a mother of three children and a grandmother.

Alicia Menogue BN, Graduate Dip in Child & Family Health, IBCLC

Alicia is a Registered Child and Family Health Nurse in Australia and a Lactation Consultant. Prior to moving to Hong Kong early 2012, she worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in North Queensland delivering the Child and Family Health service to remote communities and working alongside Medical Doctors in harsh and challenging conditions. Alicia began her nursing career in Paediatrics and then furthered her studies in Child and Family Health. She pioneered one of the Child Health Programs in East Kimberley, Western Australia for three years, gaining invaluable experience in a comprehensive range of child & family health and wellbeing issues. Alicia has worked in Canberra at one of the highly recognised and reputable family centres for parents and carers, providing care and advice to families experiencing an array of early childhood concerns such as: sleep and settling, breastfeeding, weaning and solids, growth and development, attachment and bonding, maternal mood disorders, childhood behaviour problems, and high risk families. In recent years, Alicia has gained considerable interest in childhood attachment and bonding and is now a certified ‘Circle of Security’ educator for parents and carers.

Ellen Cheung MSc Hons & BSc Hons (Nursing), Dip in Midwifery, IBCLC, Qualified Trainer on breastfeeding counselling and skill, Exec Member, HK Midwives Assoc

Ellen is from Hong Kong. She is a Hong Kong registered Midwife and Nurse and has worked at Queen Mary Hospital for more than 10 years to provide a full range of services to pregnant women including antenatal, labour and postnatal.

Ellen has a strong passion for supporting pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Following the birth of her first child, she qualified as an IBCLC in 2013, believing her own experiences could help mothers to achieve breastfeeding success.  Ellen has also become a qualified trainer on breastfeeding counselling and skill as granted by Hong Kong Hospital Authority; this has consolidated her skill not only in supporting mothers, but also among all professionals.

Melinda Hunt BA (Monash University), Diploma in Post Natal Care (Nest UK), IAIM baby massage instructor certification, trained instructor in Dr Harvey Karps “The Happiest Baby on the Block” method

Melinda originates from Melbourne, Australia and has lived in Hong Kong since 2007. She has 5 children ranging in age from 9 years to 21, including identical twins and lives in DB with her husband who works as a pilot based out of Hong Kong.

Melinda is a qualified Post Natal Carer and Newborn care educator. She has worked as a post natal carer and night nurse in private residences across Hong Kong for 7 years where she has supported new parents with night feeds, advised on breastfeeding, sleep issues, soothing and settling methods and general baby care education and support.

The Family Zone also has a wide range of affiliations that we can draw on to support your needs. These include:

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All our staff and associates are knowledgeable and expert in this crucial period of a woman’s life and that of her baby.

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