Johanna became a qualified midwife in 2012 and by 2016 completed her postgraduate diploma in Health Care. Johanna is a lead maternity carer in the community, and has previously been charge midwife of the Day Assessment Unit at Hawkes Bay Hospital. She is passionate about women’s health and empowering women to have a voice in their childbirth experience. She is currently working on a Master of Health.
"Midwifery is more than just a job; it's an honour and privilege to be part of a woman’s journey into motherhood." —Johanna
Gina is the owner and founder of the successful nutritional medicine clinic and online platform ‘Nutrition by Gina Rose’. Gina holds a BHSc in nutritional medicine and also has a background in nursing. With a special interest in natural fertility, preconception care planning and hormone analysis, Gina also has a keen focus in treating a wide range of female health issues, including menopause, PMS, period pain, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, weight loss, acne and other skin issues. As a mother to four children, Gina’s journey through motherhood has also shaped a key interest in infant nutrition and children’s health. Gina is the author of Tiny human, what do I feed you?, a guide to the process of starting solids and setting up your baby with lifelong health.
"Nourishing our children is the greatest environmental influence we can have on their health. But always remember, food is much more than nourishment; it is the vehicle through which we communicate, show love and create memories."—Gina
Amanda & Nicky
Amanda Snedden and Nicky Barker are the mamas behind Little Ones, a company dedicated to helping families around the world with their baby and toddlers' sleep. Between them, Nicky and Amanda have five children who were, at one point, babies who didn’t sleep, babies who slept too much, babies who wouldn’t settle, babies with pacifiers, tummy sleepers, side sleepers, babies with reflux, colic, allergies and intolerances. Babies who were breastfed, bottle-fed, slept in bassinets, hammocks, swings, strollers, frontpacks and arms. Understanding how important sleep is to the functioning of a whole family, Nicky and Amanda used their combined backgrounds in healthcare and education, their amassed real-world experience, first-class research and the success of their own trialed methods to develop their ideas into a globally successful, professionally accredited sleep program and support system. They’ve already helped over 150,000 families so far and we’re so pleased they’re on hand to help our Haven community of parents.
"Our passion is and has always been to help people see through the fog of parenthood, to give families an alternative to sleep deprivation, to let everyone know that with the right advice and a village behind you - anything is possible."—Amanda and Nicky
Caitlin is a highly skilled physiotherapist based in Auckland, with expertise in women’s pelvic floor health and postnatal recovery across both public and private systems. A mother of one, with another on the way, Caitlin is passionate about the lack of information and support for women’s changing bodies throughout the childbirth process and as a result, identified a need not being met by the standard health system. Keen on breaking the taboo around these issues, Caitlin has garnered a popular social media following sharing her knowledge via her account The Vagina Physio. We are proud to have this groundbreaking health professional on our team to help guide and inform our Haven mothers.
“Knowledge about how your body changes during and after pregnancy, and where to seek help from, is one of the most empowering things that you as a mother can have."—Caitlin
Mum-of-four Kara is the friendly face answering all your queries via the Haven Care Line. With a career that has included various senior roles within the New Zealand dairy industry, Kara has been involved with the development of Haven from its inception, working closely with both the product team on formulation, as well as the branding and marketing teams, to deliver high quality toddler nutrition utilising the very best and most gentle New Zealand-sourced ingredients for little tummies. Kara is passionate about supporting parents as they navigate the challenging yet rewarding world of raising children, and believes whatever feeding choice works for a family is always the best choice.
“As I look back on my early parenting days and then look at my wonderful grown young men, I realise that my feeding choices in their early days were loving choices that worked best for me and my baby. My boys were all both breastfed and bottle-fed and I want to reassure parents that whatever choice they make will be the right one for their unique situation.”—Kara
Sarah is a specialised osteopath, focusing on pregnant and postnatal mums and guiding them through their journey into motherhood. Whilst pregnancy can be the most joyous time in a woman’s life, it can also bring unwanted aches and pains. Sarah specialises in helping women’s bodies adapt to the natural changes that occur with both pregnancy and motherhood. Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of hands-on, physical therapy that treats the entire body holistically, rather than just relieving the symptoms. Treatment addresses all areas of the body that are not functioning well to make women as comfortable as possible.Tailored advice is given, including stretches, exercises, lifestyle changes and so on, where appropriate. Sarah works closely in with other medical professionals for continuity of care and the best outcomes for the patient.
“My passion has always been helping women through this exciting time of their lives and making them as comfortable as possible. Sometimes those extra tips and tricks are just what some people need to hear to make the world of difference”—Sarah