Our two fantabulous authors!

Sue Pullon

  • Associate Professor at the University of Otago
  • GP
  • Mother of three and 
  • Women's health researcher

Principal author Sue, trained as a Doctor and then as a GP in the 1970s and early 80s. She has worked as a GP ever since, continuning part-time while her own three children were small. She has postgraduate qualifications in obstetrics, general practice and primary health care. Sue is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches undergraduate medical students, supervises and teaches postgraduate studies for primary health care professionals, and researches women’s health, health promotion and inter-professional learning.

Cheryl Benn

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Midwife
  • Mother of two and 
  • Regional Midwifery Advisor

Principal co-author Cheryl, trained as a nurse and midwife in South Africa in the mid-1970s, and has practised as a midwife from that time on. After the birth of her two children, she moved to New Zealand in the early 1990s and worked as a lecturer in midwifery at Massey University. Since 2000 she has practised as a self-employed midwife while continuing her teaching and research into breastfeeding, midwifery practice and the health needs of women in New Zealand. Cheryl has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1992, and is Regional Midwifery Advisor to the MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board.

Our NZPB whānau

Daniel Allen

  • Photographer

Daniel got his first camera at seven, enrolled in a camera club at ten, built his first dark room at eleven and has been passionate about photography ever since. Originally from London, Daniel moved to New Zealand in 2003 and quickly established himself as one of New Zealand’s leading lifestyle photographers. Daniel’s work includes commissions from publishers in many fields as well as commissions from advertising and editorial clients. Based in Nelson, where Daniel lives with his wife Sarah and their three daughters, Daniel felt privileged to work with the community of parents, midwives and other health professionals who contributed to the book.

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Margot Schwass

  • Expert editor and 
  • Writer

Margot worked with Sue Pullon and Cheryl Benn on the text, providing expert editorial advice for the book as a whole. Margot also worked with all the pregnant women and new parents who shared their stories for the 3rd edition – some by writing, some by being interviewed. Margot has many years experience as a writer and editor, including working with people from different cultures and faiths to produce Last Words: Approaches to death in New Zealand’s different cultures and faiths (BWB). She works regularly as a writer/editor with organisations such as the Waitangi Tribunal, Te Papa and the Institute of Judicial Studies; she is also a partner in the writing consultancy words@work, which teaches writing skills to decision-makers and professional groups.

Yvonne Ferguson

  • Physiotherapist and 
  • Women's Health expert

Physiotherapist advisor and contributor, Yvonne, has postgraduate qualifications in women’s health physiotherapy, and has provided expert physiotherapy care for pregnant women in the Nelson area for many years. She is passionate and knowledgeable about the role of exercise and movement in daily life, especially as part of the active enjoyment and management of pregnancy.

Hope Tupara

  • Experienced midwife and 
  • Midwifery lecturer

Hope (Ngāi Tamanuhiri, Ngāi Te Rangihouhiri, Kāi Tahu) is an experienced midwife with a background as a midwifery lecturer. Hope reviewed the book from a Māori perspective, making a range of contributions. She also served on the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and as a national committee member for the New Zealand College of Midwives.

Donna Cormack

  • Health researcher and 
  • Mother of one

Donna (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu) is a health researcher at the Eru Pomare Research Unit at the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago. She reviewed the book from a Māori perspective, making a range of contributions. Her research interests are Māori health, ethnic disparities in health, access to health services, and racism. Donna participated in the 3rd edition project as a new mother, her first child having been born as the book was being written.

Janice Wenn

  • Nursing experience

Janice (Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa) has an extensive nursing background and shared wise and special reflections for the book.

Lani Wills

  • Nursing background

Lani, from Tonga, has an extensive nursing background and shared wise and special reflections from her experience for the book.

Adam Errington

  • Illustrator

Adam has been illustrating for a wide variety of media since 1990, with clients in New Zealand and the UK. His work ranges from advertising storyboards to corporate logos, from diagrams to woodcuts. The diagram style used in the book was developed to convey information in the clearest way for a general audience.