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About Nurture & Josie

I tipu aku au i raro i te maunga Cnicht.  Ahakoa he maunga iti, he maunga wairua nui.

I taku tamaititanga, i kaukau au i roto i ngā awa Afon Croesor rāua ko Afon Maesgwm. Ngā awa tino makariri, ataahua rawa atu hoki.

No Were ahau, ā, e korero ana au te reo Wera.

I tae mai ahau ki Aotearoa i te tau rua mano.

E noho ana au ki Mangawhai inaianei

Ko Moana-nui-a-kiwa te moana e rū nei taku wairua inaianei.  

Ko tenei taku mihi nui ki ngā tāngata whenua nō te rohe o Kaipara, ā, ko ngā iwi māori o Aotearoa.

Ko Josie toku ingoa

I'm Josie and I'm passionate about changing the way we view birth and parenthood. 

The way we birth our babies matters. It matters to support people, it matters to the baby and, most of all, it matters to mothers.  A birth where mama is supported, cared for, honoured and heard is a birth where mama can walk away feeling proud and empowered. 

A colur inage of a lovely woman Josie Gritten standing by some autumn leaves

I believe that if we honour women, listen to their voices, bring back trust, quiet and ease into our birthing spaces we can bring joy and pride back into those birth spaces also. We can support women to give birth with power, passion and courage.  An empowered mother is a joy to behold and is an asset to any family and to our community as a whole.  

Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te Moana, kia tere te karohirohi i mua i to huarahi.

May the calm be widespread, may the sea glisten like greenstone, and may the shimmer of light guide you on your way.

My background

I'm a Doula, a ChildBirth Educator, a Breast-feeding Peer Supporter and I run Nurture in all its facets!  I'm a mama/foster mama  of 5 kiddies aged  4-16 and I live in Mangawhai. Oh, I'm also  a photographer (you can see my work here:  www.josiegrittenphotographer.com

I've been raised to believe that birth is a wonderful, powerful process. Hard work, yes, but incredibly potent, rewarding  work that prepares you for the demands and joys of parenting.

I offer Nurture  as my way of weaving the threads of courage, power, support and healing into the community so that together we can build a stronger society where we, and our children, can thrive.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takatahi, engari he toa takitini.

Our strength is not made from us alone, but made from many.