Gemma Douglas

+ Founder of The Motherhood Project (June 2018)

+ Grad-Dip Teaching

+ Diploma in Coaching

+ NLP Practitioner

+ MusB, Otago University

+ 5 years in the corporate world

+Mother of 3

+Meditation, Mindfulness and Music

I'm a mother, just like you, tackling motherhood as best I can.


In this motherhood project, you are first.  

Life is beautiful, it can also be challenging, troublesome and sometimes even tragic. It's not about trying to be happy all the time, its about facing our problems and solving them in the best way by creating better habits and tuning into our superpowers. I believe, through this community, we can encourage each other to live our best lives. I want mothers to discover their own personal bliss, and learn that this doesn't take away from your childrens' lives, it enriches them. Through our motherhood community, our village ‘launching soon’, events, collaboration, our store, with more to come, I hope you find what you are looking for. 

So, Why the Motherhood Project? 

+ Mothers are incredible beings. We give so much of ourselves, we are hardwired to believe we need to put our children first before everything, even ourselves. The thing is, if we don't look after ourselves, we truly have nothing to give.

+I left the corporate world 6 years ago to be a mother, I worked for a multi-million dollar e-commerce company and bought in over one million dollars in commission for the company in less than a year and won overseas trips as part of my success. I was also chasing my boss's job. I was offered his job the week after I found out I was pregnant with our first child.

Three children later and I don't want to go back. 

+ Motherhood, in a way, broke me and put me back together, differently, in a better way. We all have our struggles, one of mine was dealing with having a sick child. Throughout this stage of my life, I realised the power of mindfulness and meditation, as well as having the right kind of support around me. It also required me to look inward for strength, peace and guidance, not only for myself but for my children and husband. 

+ I have also had powerful mentors and coaches along the way that have asked the right questions that have lead me on this journey. I'm far from the perfect Mum, I don't have it all together all the time, actually far from it, and often show you the very real and imperfect side of my motherhood journey. I juggle family life, like you, I have 3 children, 5 and under, and go through the similar daily battles that comes with motherhood. We have a family business in Hawkes Bay New Zealand and my husband is one of the hardest working people I know. 

+ I have a Diploma in Life Coaching through the NZ Institute of Business Studies. An amazing institute that supports, inspires and tests you every step of the way. 

+ A qualified NLP Practitioner.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming is used for personal development and success in business. NLP is the study and practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do and once understood, using these practices to get the results you want. 

+ I have a post graduate diploma in teaching and taught for 4 years before going travelling and pursuing the corporate world in Auckland. I also have a degree from University of Otago. 

+ Top 24 in NZ Idol the first year in ran. Played netball for the Southern Sting, and I'm originally from the South Island. 

 Motherhood can be just one of your journeys, you may be craving more, destined for more. The world is so accessible now, accessibility allows you to tap into your potential effortlessly. All it may take is making a few key adjustments to your lifestyle. It really can be a reality to strive for that dream, that little niggle, that just won't go away.

The Motherhood Project Village professionals.

Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 1.27.15 PM.png

Jennifer Mackie

+ 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!

Screen Shot 2019-03-13 at 1.26.01 PM.png

Gina Ulrich

+ 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.

Screen Shot 2018-08-19 at 8.16.43 PM.png

Lacey Owen

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.


Screen Shot 2019-02-06 at 4.10.12 PM.png

HannaH Findlay

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.