She has been a midwife for over 20 years and is experienced across the whole scope of midwifery practice - at home, in birthing centres and in hospitals in New Zealand and the UK. She emigrated with her family from the UK in 1998 and since her arrival, has lived and worked in the Waikato. She first worked at Waikato Hospital as the Clinical Midwifery Leader and then for a time as an educator. Since 2000, she has worked as a community-based midwife and also supervises and supports 2nd and 3rd year midwifery students in their clinical placements.
Debbie has been an active member of the NZ College of Midwives at regional and national level and has also been both a member of the board and chair of the NZ Breastfeeding Authority. She is a past member of the Waikato DHB Midwifery Strategic Advisory Group and the chairperson for the Midwifery and Maternity Provider Clinical Reference Group.