As a registered midwife I worked in urban and remote locations with thousands of pregnant, birthing and newly postnatal mothers in Aotearoa/New Zealand. My vast and varied knowledgebase and experience stems from years of community practice in clinics and women's homes, assisiting births at home, in a tepee, in ambulances on the side of the road, in rural birth centres and large hospitals. I have received into my hands, babies born cephalic, breech and twins. I have helped women whose babies who had passed before they were born or lived a short while. My practice offered woman-centred care, according to what we agreed was safe and important to them, following eastern, western, and indigenous preferences. For a time, I also practiced in busy hospitals.
Ensuring the pregnancy to parenting transformation is a positive experience is key to my work with birth-givers. My goal is to help empower and extend birthing people to do and be the best they can for themselves and their baby from conception. I am passionate in my belief that birth-givers who are respected and treated with integrity, who receive evidence-based knowledge with one-on-one care, will prepare themselves the best they can for their immeasurable role as mothers.
In 2019, I studied with the Integrative Institute of Nutrition, New York, to become a certified Holistic Health and Nutritional Coach. This approach promotes wellness in all parts of our lives, broadly overviewed it feeds and balances us in our entirety, in relationships, with stress management techniques, spiritual practices, physical activity and, in this field of work it encompasses preparation for birth, from a healthy mind-body-soul perspective. The power dynamic of holism is a complete view of wellbeing, where everything is integral to oneself.
While travelling in Latin America, I developed a deep interest in traditional practices, listening to and observing first-hand health strengths, strategies, and challenges specific to pregnancy, birth culture, and the postpartum. Subsequently, I returned to tertiary study. Understanding human behaviour, cultures, and societal skills is essential to embracing each unique person’s pregnancy to parenting choices.