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Meet the team



MBChB, DCH, Dip Obst, MRCGP, FRNZCGP – Medical advisor for Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga – Crisis Pregnancy Support
Co-founder of HTH-CPS – Nelson

Joseph also works as a GP at St. Luke’s Health Centre.


BN.RN – Clinical Nurse Leader -Nelson

While raising their own family, Cushla noticed the positive impact of supportive whānau and friends and how this allowed her to be more emotionally available to her pēpi and tamariki.

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Cushla is passionate about ensuring that pregnant women who feel overwhelmed with their circumstances know that nurturing, authentic care is available, which in turn promotes loving, trusting, responsive, and reflective relationships to thrive.


Infant and Maternal Mental Wellbeing Nurse – Nelson

Chelsea is a Registered Nurse working with Hapai Taumaha Haputanga – Crisis Pregnancy Support in Nelson.

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Chelsea has a heartfelt passion to support people in crisis and hold hope for them while walking alongside them on their journey. Chelsea supports, encourages and promotes healthy relationships within each whanau so all can flourish.


BN, RN – Infant and Maternal Wellbeing Nurse – Nelson

Sophie is a Registered Nurse working for Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga – Crisis Pregnancy Support based in the beautiful Whākatu Nelson.

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She works in the area of Infant and Maternal Mental Health and is passionate about supporting responsive, reflective and loving relationships between māmā and pēpi and whānau through therapeutic relationships within a holistic healthcare framework, supporting parents to give their pēpi the best start in life.



Registered midwife
Team leader for HTH – CPS
Care coordinator – Wellington

Deborah really enjoys working with women especially with a focus on women’s health and wellness. Deborah has worked for the last 12 years as an LMC midwife in the Hutt Valley area and 1 year as a core midwife at HVDHB.

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She has also been able to spend some time teaching birthing skills and women’s health cross-culturally in 5 different countries. Looking into the future at an unknown journey can feel very overwhelming and Deborah really enjoys assisting people in self resilience, hope and supported growth.


Registered midwife
Care coordinator – Wellington

Joy has been a midwife for 13 years and is currently working as an LMC midwife.

She is a mum to two boys and wife to Sam.

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She loves taking the time to help newly pregnant women explore all the options available to them. She has been working for HTH-CPS since it started in 2021.

Mary Clare

Registered nurse, registered midwife, lactation consultant
Care coordinator – Wellington

Mary Clare works on a casual basis for Wellington Hospital as a midwife and privately as a lactation consultant visiting women in their own home to support with breastfeeding challenges. 

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She is passionate about supporting women with an unplanned pregnancy, listening and walking alongside. 


Registered nurse, student midwife
Care coordinator – Wellington

Hannah is a registered nurse with a background of working in a GP practice and the emergency department. She is also currently studying to be a midwife.

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Hannah has a passion for caring for women and finding ways to support them and their whanau as they navigate through a time of uncertainty. Hannah loves summer and going to the beach.


Student midwife
Administrator for Hapai Taumaha Hapūtanga – Crisis Pregnancy Support – Wellington

Rebecca has been a part of HTH-CPS from the beginning. She is studying to be a midwife. Rebecca answers our 0800 number and coordinates the first contact between a woman and the care coordinator.