WHO WE ARE
INHABIT is a project born out of love for postpartum people. Created by Holli McEntegart, artist, parent of two, and full spectrum doula, each project is lovingly supported by a team of experienced perinatal professionals dedicated to supporting birthing & postpartum families in Aotearoa.
HOLLI MCENTEGART / ARTIST, FULL SPECTRUM DOULA, CERTIFIED LACTATION COUNSELOR
Founder & Director
Holli is passionate about birth and postpartum care. A mother to two spirited little souls, she has been a Full Spectrum Doula since 2018 and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. She is honored to support folks as they traverse the wild landscape of new parenthood and believes all birthing bodies, and spirits, should be supported, nurtured and truly validated throughout the postpartum experience.
Holli lived and worked as an artist and doula in New York and Los Angeles for six years. She holds a Masters of Visual Arts and has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Her work in Motherhood is an extension of her art practice, with a focus on re-centering and healing lived experiences. She approaches her making with a social practice framework and a desire to unpack the complexities of who and what we value as a society, so we may explore systems of change.
Holli’s move back to Aotearoa in 2020 amid the global pandemic, opened her eyes to the inequities within our healthcare system. In particular, there is a horrific lack of maternity and postpartum care, support or funding available to birthing families, having a direct effect on postpartum mental health as well as the general health and wellbeing of our whānau and communities.
Guided herself by Celtic and Pākehā traditions, Holli wishes to expand access to postpartum health resources that support our communities, whilst centering conversations about how traditional healing practices are carried with us or passed down as oral history. How are patterns of care surviving colonization and migration? How can we better learn from them?
THE WELLINGTON WHANAU
JO CHAMBERS / POSTPARTUM DOULA, IAIM INSTRUCTOR
My name is Jo and I am a qualified Norland Nanny from the UK (the nannies of the Royals) with over 20 years of experience. I am also a postnatal doula, an infant massage instructor, a baby yoga instructor, a sleep coach, and a trainee lactation consultant. My mission is to help families to thrive during the postnatal period by tuning into their individual needs and helping them navigate the fourth trimester with confidence. I was born and raised in the UK, but currently live in Wellington with my four kids, husband, two dogs and a cat! I am passionate about providing support and education so families can flourish.
LITTLE SHADOW / PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Creating headspace for parents
Little Shadow offers counselling, support and information for those experiencing perinatal distress. We walk beside you in your journey, working collaboratively with health professionals and other organisations to help you on your journey to wellness. Founded in 1989 by a midwife and a mother with personal experience of perinatal distress, we now provide a pathway to counselling and specialist services, as well as events, support, information and education for parents and whānau during the perinatal period.
EMMA CHEN FILTCROFT / PRE & POSTNATAL YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Hi I am Emma, I am a certified pre & postnatal yoga teacher. I fell in love with yoga when I was pregnant with my first child, and decided to become a yoga teacher to support and bring the benefits of yoga to all mums/parents. As I was doing my teacher training, I realized the importance of slowing down, resting and looking after ourselves after we give birth, especially during the first few months of postpartum. Now I am a mother of two, I teach yoga to all mummas (prenatal, postnatal and beyond) in Wellington, my classes are therapeutic, educational and fun. My goal is to provide holistic support to everyone coming to my class, share my knowledge with our wider community, and ensure all women are empowered to properly care for themselves during their motherhood journey.
ANNA DRIVER / BIRTH DOULA, KGHYPNOBIRTHING TEACHER / TRAUMATIC BIRTH RECOVERY PRACTITIONER
Kia Ora, I'm Anna. My pronouns are she/her. I grew up in Southampton, England, and now live in Wellington with my 2 children, partner and a quirky cat. It is a total privilege to offer and be involved in a range of services that orbit around my one fundamental passion and priority - good emotional and mental well-being in pregnancy, birth and beyond.
With a background in mental health social work, it was after the birth of my first baby that my dedication to, and passion for serving other new parents, through a variety of means, was born. I am an experienced and accredited birth doula, I walk alongside parents-to-be (and their partner and baby's siblings if applicable) and work cohesively with their LMC as they gain confidence in their ability to have an empowering birth experience, whatever choices they make. I am a qualified KGHypnobirthing teacher and run courses to support people's mindset around birth; releasing fear, getting informed and building trust; ready and equipped for a calm and more comfortable birth. As the first member of the Traumatic Birth Recovery College of Perinatal Emotional health here in NZ, I offer safe, gentle and effective therapeutic skills to help parents who have experienced loss to navigate perinatal anxiety, and release symptoms of trauma. I facilitate Birth Wise antenatal courses, and He Waka Eke Noa with Little Shadow. I am passionate about the importance for all parents to engage in birth story-telling. I love what I do it is an honour to support families in these ways. I really look forward to meeting you.
Nga mihi, Anna
HILARY GARDNER / BABYWEARING CONSULTANT
I am a professional trained babywearing consultant, trained through the Slingababy Training School. For the past two years, I have been providing one on one and group babywearing consulting services across the Wellington region. Alongside this, I have volunteered with Babywearing Wellington, a not for profit community babywearing library, informally since 2014 and in a formal capacity since 2018. As a mother of three tamariki, babywearing has played a central role in my parenting. All three of my tamariki have been carried since birth, and are still often carried now at 8 years, 5 years and almost 3 years. Babywearing is a passion of mine and I am keen to spread the love and knowledge to allow caregivers the ability to safely carry their tamariki.
HANNAH COOK / RN, IBCLC, IAIM INSTRUCTOR
Kia Ora all. I am Hannah, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, commonly known as a Lactation Consultant, a Registered nurse, and infant massage instructor. I have more than 20 years working with whanau supporting their unique and special journey’s. I encourage you to achieve what works for you and your situation and what you want to achieve. I have supported many 100’s of families with breast/ chest feeding, bottle feeding, feeding multiple’s and tandem feeding. I am friendly, compassionate, non judgmental and use evidence based practiced in a calm and measured way. I look forward to meeting and supporting you. Nga Mihi
MARIA MILNILE / LEAD FACILITATOR, LITTLE SHADOW
Maria (she/her/ia) has experience in child and adolescent mental health, addictions and perinatal counselling.
Maria is Filipina, born and raised in Aotearoa, has two school aged children and is passionate about parents feeling supported and connected wherever they are on their own unique journey. Her enthusiasm for group work stems from her work experience in working within community mental health and Primary Health care settings.
Maria’s practice is based on collaboration, focusing on relationships characterised by warmth, empathy and respect.
As a facilitator, she takes the dual role of sharing knowledge and psycho education but also places great value on tangata whaiora, bringing their own knowledge and lived experiences.
GEORGIE MANNING / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LITTLE SHADOW /PRESIDENT & ANTENATAL COORDINATOR WELLINGTON MULTIPLES
Georgie has been the Executive Director for Little Shadow since September 2021 and the President & Antenatal Coordinator for Wellington Multiples since 2019. She has 4 children including 4 year old twins and is passionate about supporting māmas during the challenges of the perinatal period.
RUBETTA NEAL / INTERN
Kia ora, my name is Rubetta and I am currently a third year fine art student at Massey university. I am originally from Christchurch but have come to Wellington to explore a career in the arts. In my own practice I predominantly use Painting and Drawing to explore the themes surrounding humanity’s private anxiety’s and search for self. As part of an internship I have been helping with the creation of INHABIT and in turn gaining the privilege to learn from some amazing artists. I look forward to seeing you all within this very special space of ours, in the heart of Pōneke.
LILY DOWD / INTERN
Kia ora, I’m Lily, a current Master of Fine Arts student at Massey Wellington. Recently finishing my Bachelor of Design with First Class Honours, majoring in Photography. My practice draws on own lived experiences, home and how memory is interlinked to and with them. Working predominantly in alternative processes and film photography, I would describe my practice as fine arts and poetic documentary-based. My current interests include durational work where the physical interaction becomes a part of the experience/art. I am grateful for the opportunity to work as an intern within Inhabit, and am excited to experience the space when presented to the community.