Jasmine is a midwife and a mother to five children. She sees health as a holistic endeavour that is connected to all the ways in which we are in a relationship with the natural world, with our communities, and with our bodies.
‘He kai kei aku ringa’ for her reflects the hands of Papatūānuku, our primordial mother, providing nourishment for those who need it. She reflects on her own role as a mother, the times during which she persevered for the betterment of her children.
She learned how important it was to build relationships with her community and how to advocate for herself. In her work as a midwife, Jasmine shares this same learning with expectant parents in the hopes that they can advocate for themselves through the process of pregnancy, birth, and child rearing.