Nourish is the premium provider of antenatal classes online.
Our contributors are antenatal and early parenting professionals, passionate about supporting you both physically and emotionally in your journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Select a Contributor below to read more about them.
Melissa is the Founder of Nourish Baby. She is also a Registered Circle of Security© Parent Educator and RUBY volunteer mother, providing telephone support to first time breastfeeding mothers. Despite enjoying two effortless pregnancies, both Melissa’s labour and breastfeeding experiences were riddled with unplanned complications that she was completely unprepared for. Melissa truly believes she would have been better prepared – both physically and emotionally, if she had more than a few hours to retain the abundance of information delivered during a traditional antenatal class. She also believes the ability to learn in your own time and at your own pace, is the key to a positive birth and parenting experience.
Jacinta (Cindy) Davenport, RN, Midwife & IBCLC
Cindy is co-Director of Nourish Baby and Safe Sleep Space, together with Melissa. She is also a registered midwife, IBCLC and maternal and child health nurse. She is member of the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) and has worked in the early parenting field since 1998. Cindy has a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of families and offers a sensible, response-based approach to help babies and children with sleep problems.
Caroline Courtis, Midwife & Childbirth Educator
Caroline is a registered and practicing midwife, childbirth educator, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. She’s also a Midwife Advisor for both feature film and television. Her passion and specialty is the wellbeing, health and fitness of women during pregnancy and following the birth of their babies. This includes postnatal support at home, personal training, antenatal education and labour and birth preparation.
Simone Casey, IBCLC & Breastfeeding Educator
Simone is an IBCLC, member of the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and College of Lactation Consultants Victoria (CLC-VIC). She works in a private hospital breastfeeding clinic and has her own private practice, visiting mums in their homes. She’s breastfed three children of her own and volunteers as a breastfeeding counsellor and community educator with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Natalie Van Winkel, Early Childhood Educator & Parent Educator
Natalie is a qualified Early Childhood Educator and Certified Circle of Security® Parent Educator with qualifications in Pre and Post Natal Family Support and Gymboree International Play. She has been working with families in the field of sleep and settling for over 10 years.
Meg Campbell, Wellness Coach
Meg has a wealth of experience assisting women throughout their pregnancies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science/Human Movement and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Teaching. Meg’s inspiration and passion stems from her own mother, a professional mothercraft nurse. Meg remained active throughout her two pregnancies and enjoyed very positive birth experiences as a result.
Elisa is a Melbourne trained paediatrician who aims to practise integrative and holistic care. She has a special interest in mindfulness and nutrition. Elisa trained at the University of Melbourne and has worked regionally and interstate, before commencing Surrey Hills Paediatrics in Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills. She maintains links with the Royal Children’s Hospital, as well as the University Department at Monash University.
Bronwyn is the Director of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology – a handpicked Australia-wide network of psychologists specialising in the emotional wellbeing of parents and infants before and during pregnancy, and the three years following the birth of a baby. She consults in Fairfield, Victoria, and also enjoys facilitating her Mindfully Parenting Your Baby group program. Bronwyn co-authored the book Towards Parenthood: Preparing for the Changes and Challenges of a New Baby.
Jacqui facilitates workshops and runs training programs for health and human service providers who work with same-sex and transgender parents and their families. She’s been involved with the Rainbow Families Council, a volunteer support and advocacy group, for almost 20 years, and recently created OUTSpoken Families, an online resource for rainbow families. Jacqui is raising three children – two girls and a boy – with her partner, Sarah and is an outspoken advocate for the rainbow family community.
Timothy O’Leary is the author of Dads Who Can, the how-to guide for can-do dads. He is a Social Worker, with post-graduate studies in couples-counseling and infant mental health and has run dad’s classes for over a decade. Tim’s work can be found in parenting education programs at the Raising Children’s website, PANDA, and in the Shire of Nillumbik’s early years program.
Jen is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse and has also worked as an Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Nurse. She studied a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Midwifery as well as a Masters of Nursing Science in Child, Family and Community. Jen has also undertaken additional training in Family Violence, Mental Health First Aid, Family Partnerships and Motivational Interviewing.
Pam is a registered psychologist and mental health researcher. She specialises in the couple relationship during the transition to parenthood, and is the founder of Partners to Parents. Pam is passionate about the prevention of mood problems during pregnancy and early parenthood.
Jane Barry, RN, Midwife & Child Health Nurse
Jane has qualifications in general, paediatric, immunisation, midwifery and child health nursing. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (Nursing) and has almost 30 years specialist experience in child health nursing. She is a member of a number of professionally affiliated organisations including AHPRA, The Australasian Medical Writer’s Association, Health Writer Hub and Australian College of Children and Young People’s Nurses.
Dr Grant Saffer, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Grant is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist consulting at the Epworth-Freemasons in East Melbourne. Grant specialises in complicated and high-risk pregnancies and ensures his patients are always given an exception level of care. Grant keeps his patients up-to-date with relevant information about their condition which enables them to make informed decisions about their pregnancy and delivery, taking into consideration their beliefs and therapeutic preferences.
Michelle Fiddian, Paediatric First Aid Educator
Michelle is a mother of two and a First Aid educator specialising in babies and children. With over 14 years combined experience as a 000 ambulance operator, ambulance operator trainer, First Aid educator (and her personal experience as a mother), Michelle is passionate about teaching parents how to stay calm and apply First Aid in times when their children need them most.
Dr Andrea Parisio-Ferraro, Doctor of Chiropractic
Andrea is a bubbly and energetic family Chiropractor and mama, working primarily with mothers and babies. Andrea has a great passion for helping women conceive, experience their optimal pregnancy and birth, and then raise healthy happy children. Andrea has also trained as a Doula and runs workshops for midwives at leading maternity hospitals, as well as brain development classes through Maternal Health Centres.
Rebecca Joy Stone, Early Parenting Educator & RN
Rebecca is a qualified Early Parenting Educator, Registered Nurse and a mother of two, with over a decade of Adult and Paediatric nursing experience. With a sound knowledge of the maternity system, mental health care support, and a range of perinatal healthcare specialists in her network, she provides families with a holistic wealth of knowledge when embarking on their parenting journey.
Tasha Jennings, Naturopath, Nutritionist & Author
Tasha holds degrees in naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine with over 15 years experience in the field. She is also a health writer, author (The Vitamins Guide/The Fertility Diet) and speaker. Tasha specialises in fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding as Managing Director of Zycia Premium Pregnancy Nutrition and Founder of Conceive Baby. After battling her own fertility issues to now be a Mother to 2 beautiful children, Tasha is passionate about helping couples have happy, healthy babies.
Melanie Strang, Counsellor & Author
Melanie is a counsellor, author and mother of two. She has over 12 years experience in mental health, wellbeing, counselling and education and is passionate about issues relating to the transition to parenthood. Melanie’s book: Mother Love: Embracing the Ups and Downs of Being a New Parent, provides practical ways to deal with the daily challenges of parenthood.
Anna Rogacki, Mental Skills Coach and NLP Practitioner
Anna is a Mental Skills Coach, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and mother of two, who believes deeply in everyone’s ability to live with purpose and reach their full potential. With over 10 years experience working with elite athletes, coaches, pregnant women and new mothers, Anna is committed to empowering women to gain a strong and successful mindset through the most exhilarating and challenging times of their lives.
Lindsey Jean Crockett (nee Shepherd), Mental Health Nurse & Perinatal Counsellor
Lindsey is a mental health nurse, perinatal counsellor, family therapist and the director of HELD and The Australian Birth Trauma and PTSD Treatment Centre. She is a survivor of birth trauma and experienced PND with her first child, severe pelvic instability with her second and Hyperemesis Gravidarum with both children. Lindsey is extremely passionate about perinatal mental health and also about working with trauma.
Rani Farmer, Perinatal Wellness & Parent Educator
Rani is a parent educator and founder of Hands Holding Hands – passionate about fostering secure attachment relationships between caregivers and their children. Rani’s interest in parent-child attachment began at university and re-ignited when diagnosed with postnatal depression/anxiety after the birth of her first child. She has a deep understanding of how everyday challenges can put strain on couples and parent-child attachment relationships.
Anna Partridge, Positive Parenting Educator & Teacher
Anna is a parenting educator, school teacher and mum to 3 children. Using the Positive Parenting philosophy, Anna helps parents build strong, connected family relationships, raise confident and resilient kids and find maximum enjoyment in the every day of the parenting journey. She also tackles the big issues of sibling rivalry, temper tantrums, power struggles and morning and bedtime routines from toddlers to teens.
Robyn Bishop, Paediatric Speech Pathologist
Robyn is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist and the proud founder of Little Parrots Speech Pathology. With over 15 years experience, Robyn has worked in schools, Community Health Services, Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Private Practice, developing a passion for working with children and their families in their own homes. Robyn is also a mother of two beautiful daughters, who certainly keep her on her toes!