We are mothers, just like you, tackling motherhood as best we can.
+ Founder of The Motherhood Project (June 2018)
+ Meditation Practitioner
+ Grad-Dip Teaching
+ NLP Practitioner
+ Diploma in Coaching
+ MusB, Otago University
+ 5 years in the corporate world
+Mother of 3
+Meditation, Mindfulness and Music
Gemma created The Motherhood Project in June 2018 after her third child was born. Originally as a way of bringing all the mothers she knew in her life together and initially as a support and community of empowerment for mothers in NZ. It became apparent that there was a great need around the world for quality support and resources for mothers regardless of where they lived.
Gemma is a Meditation Practitioner, NLP Practitioner and has a Diploma in Life Coaching through the NZ Business Institute of Studies. She is also a trained teacher and has a passion for all things related to motherhood.
Gemma has had a passion for meditation her whole life, beginning at a young age. She specialises in writing guided meditations and introducing beginners to this life transforming skill. Gemma believes meditation truly has the power to transform our lives and is one the most essential life skills for cultivating a fulfilled and conscious life.
Over the past year Gemma has been working on bringing together quality health professionals to launch TMP Village.
Originally from the South Island, Gemma studied music at Otago University specialising in Opera singing upon completing her degree. She went on to complete her teaching Diploma in Christchurch.
A move to Auckland saw Gemma join the e-commerce company GrabOne as Senior Business Development Manager. Gemma worked extremely hard and successfully brought in huge commissions for the company in less than a year. Gemma was offered a life changing promotion the same week she found out she was pregnant with her first child. It was at this juncture where she first felt the shift in her mindset between career & family. A push & pull, balancing act that would soon become her everyday norm.
Over the next 4 years Gemma had three children, whereby her transformation into motherhood and some challenging times gave Gemma a real sense of the importance of supporting mothers. Her understanding of the realities of motherhood; being both challenging and rewarding helped her strive to create this holistic approach. TMP Village was launched with the help of some incredible health professionals & mums.
Gemma now lives in Hawkes Bay on an apple orchard with her husband and three children.
The Motherhood Project Village professionals.
Lineé van der Meer
+ Clinical Psychologist (M.A. Clin. Psych)
+ Owner of private practice, Mamas in Mind
+ Psychotherapy and counselling for mothers
+ 9 years experience in mental health
+ Mother of one
Lineé is a registered clinical psychologist with a passion for maternal wellbeing. She works with mums and mums-to-be, supporting them through the challenges of early motherhood and helping them enjoy their lives, both as mothers and as women.
Hailing from South Africa, Lineé was a secondary school teacher – teaching English and Drama - for a few years before commencing her clinical psychology training. She graduated as a clinical psychologist from Rhodes University in 2010 and practised across a broad field with a special interest in maternal and women’s health.
In 2014, a love of travel and new adventures saw Lineé and her husband hop on a plane to New Zealand, not realising that they would fall head over heels with this beautiful country and end up planting their roots firmly in its volcanic soil.
It was the birth of her daughter, Mila, in 2016, and her own journey into motherhood, that gave Lineé a real sense of the importance of supporting mums’ psychological wellness through these early, challenging years. This prompted her to pursue her interest in maternal mental health more fully and establish her private practice dedicated to providing psychotherapy to mothers dealing with a wide range of challenges during the early motherhood years.
Following a holistic approach with a strong focus on enhancing overall wellbeing, Lineé is excited to be part of The Motherhood Project Village and supporting mums alongside an amazing group of professionals.
Lineé lives in Auckland. When she has the odd hour to herself, she enjoys listening to podcasts, researching exotic (but child friendly) travel destinations, and browsing second hand book shops for books she will probably never get around to reading.
+ Bsc (hons) Physiotherapy
+ 10 years experience as musculoskeletal physiotherapist
+ Pre and Post natal Coach
+ Certified Comprehensive Pilates Teacher
+ Owns own Pilates Studio
+ Mother of 2
Jennifer Mackie graduated from The Robert Gordon University, Scotland, in 2008 with a Bsc (hons) Physiotherapy. Having worked in the NHS public system for 6 months her wunderlust took over and she headed on a world adventure. Settling in Hawkes Bay New Zealand and working full time as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for 10 years.
Her love of all things health and fitness led her to discover the pilates method and she became a fully Certified Comprehensive Pilates Teacher.
After suffering a birth injury with her first child her already keen interest in women specific training was heightened. Going on to become a certified Pre and Post natal coach, as well as attend numerous womens health courses in person and online.
Jennifer owns and runs a Pilates Studio in Central Hawkes Bay. Where in person she treats a diverse range of clients from new mums to neurological conditions. Her studio runs 20 + classes a week. Having a history in coaching, she coached hockey from a young age and was a ski instructor for 10 years. Her classes are fun, dynamic, challenging and full of knowledge.
Jen's passion for exercise and movement is contagious. She is beyond excited to be able to offer her services for The Motherhood Project. Allowing her to share her knowledge of women specific training and create programs that will positively effect mothers lifes in so many ways. It takes away the barriers of obtaining sound and best practice based advice from a qualified source.
Jen has 2 preschool aged boys and lives in Central Hawkes Bay with her husband. She is into anything active having skied the world, completed half iron men, played hockey and climbed a few hills!
+ Clinical Nutritionist
+ Owner of Gina Rose Nutrition
+ Lover of wholesome food
+ Over 13 years experience in health care industry
+ Mother of 3
Recognised as a leader in her field, with over 13 years experience in the health care industry, Gina holds a BHSc in Nutritional Medicine, has a background in nursing and is a mother to 3 young children. She is a lover of wholesome food and has a real passion for using the power of nature to heal the body. Many women relate to Gina's online profile, as she is a modern-day mum balancing a career, children and a healthy household.
Whilst Gina enjoys all aspects of nutritional medicine, she has a special interest in natural fertility, preconception care planning and hormone analysis. By treating common hormone imbalances, stress, toxic overload and nutrient deficiencies, this approach can overcome challenging barriers to fertility. Gina guides women through a healthy pregnancy and continues support through the postpartum period & into infant nutrition.
Gina aspires to educate and help clients understand their health concerns & provides key steps to achieve exceptional health.
Gina also has a keen focus in treating a wide range of female health issues, including menopause, premenstrual syndrome, period pain, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, weight loss, anxiety, acne and other skin issues.
Gina practices what she preaches & lives and breaths what she teaches. Gina feels very privileged to be able to share life’s journey with her patients and their families. Gina’s compassionate and gentle nature helps the client ease into the necessary lifestyle changes with support and encouragement, allowing for the best possible results.
Contributing Writers for The Motherhood ProjecT.
Lacey Owen is a busy Mum of three gorgeous children who provide the basis for her blog; experiences along her journey to becoming a Mother and all that Motherhood entails such as miscarriage, birth, ill babies, secondary infertility and raising young children. She works part time as a health professional and is a self confessed crazy cat lady breeding Burmese kittens on her 10 acre property in the winter less north.
You can read more of Lacey's beautiful, real and honest words, over on her blog, as well as featuring on our own TMP blog.
HannaH Findlay is a first time mum to her daughter McKenzie. After a fertility delay, pregnancy and birth complications followed by a slow post-partum recovery, she felt the need to share her experiences to help others who may also be having a tough time entering motherhood. Firstly, through her Instagram account and more recently she has begun a blog and podcast (yet to be launched) to share her insights and that of others as they navigate motherhood for the first time.
HannaH works with her husband Brent in their Mortgage Advice business, is a Group Fitness Instructor for Les Mills and loves photographing weddings and dogs. She lives in North Canterbury, with Brent and McKenzie on 10 acres with her other "baby", Ruby the Golden Labrador.
Originally from Tauranga New Zealand, Lou Marx has spent the last ten plus years in the media industry as a journalist, and now resides in Brisbane Australia with her husband Divan and baby daughter Bodhi, where she works in the digital media and marketing space helping brands communicate their story to the world. Lou is passionate about conscious and connected living, and enjoys writing pieces that awaken and enlighten readers to reflect and go more deeply within.
Instagram handle: @lou_marx_
I’m a wife, mum of two ‘big’ kids (11 and 13), and I live with my family in rural Canterbury. I work part time as a radiographer, and women’s well-being coach, and I am a survivor of severe antenatal and postnatal depression. I use my experience of being so unwell to inspire and support other mums, advocate for better understanding of maternal mental health, and to offer hope and support to mums who are facing their own mental health and well-being challenges.
Writing is my passion, and I have recently embraced this by sharing my own wisdom, along with other mums inspiring stories on my Instagram and blog. Other things I love include yoga, reading fiction, baking and cake decorating, being outdoors, and snowboarding.
I’m from Christchurch, yet have spent the last few years living in Australia where I met my wonderful Husband in Melbourne. We decided to make the move back to my hometown after many discussions of starting a family together.
I’m a stay at home Mother to two babies a year apart, Harrison and Holly, and before this worked in Human Resources. My passions are my family, my home made candle business and writing.
I’ve always liked to write the truth about what I know, with humour at times because that’s just me. Writing about Motherhood has been the best outlet and I love being able to reach others and connect with many who are on the same challenging but incredibly beautiful journey.
Karen is a first time mum to her two year old son Casey and lives in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Karen is a stay at home mum but has a background in Human Resources. She has recently started an Instagram account as @mother_truths where she candidly talks about parenting, through poetry.
Karen has always enjoyed writing but didn't have a clue what to write about. Cue sleep thief Casey and the madness of motherhood and suddenly her imagination was sparked. She has written poetry on a range of subjects close to her heart: the need to normalise infant sleep, the change in relationship dynamics after a baby, the pressure mums often feel to wean earlier than they would like, the dangerous compulsion to compare our child to every other child we know, and the stigmas often attached to stay-at-home mothers. She hopes that her poetry provides other mothers with reassurance and solidarity. She is in the process of writing a book of poetry and is seeking a publisher.