Sabina Handorf

I was born in Germany and have had more than 30 years’ experience in midwifery and nursing. I have studied and worked in nursing, naturopathy and acupuncture, movement therapy, midwifery and, of course, birth preparation coaching, which is now my passion. I also have a Masters in Midwifery (Research) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

What career experiences have brought you to where you are now?

For the first 20 years of my occupational life, I worked as an ICU nurse. I was fascinated by the intensity of the work, and the one-on-one care it required. Over months of caring for the same person, often without talking as many of the patients were on life-support machines, I observed their body language and learned about their personal preferences, their strengths and their needs. 

Later, I shifted the intensity and one-on-one care to working as a midwife in acute gynecology in the birthing unit, caring for women who miscarried, or who chose to terminate a pregnancy, and supporting those who, heartbreakingly, had to birth a stillborn baby. 

I also studied movement therapist, worked with pregnant women, people in transitional and I spending a lot of time with children with special needs. In between, I studied three years naturopathy and acupuncture – just to have a basic understanding of how both work.

My early desire to help individuals going through major transitions in life has grown into a passion for helping women have a smooth transition into motherhood. I know how seeds of hope or fear of the unknown can be transformed into faith and self-confidence. 

Being pregnant and having a baby is not an overnight experience; it is the beginning of a process of transformation that includes physical, emotional and personal growth.

And personally?

I am a mum of one young male adult named Leon. When I was raising my boy, I also was highly involved in raising the two children of my best friend. Over 15 years both of my friend’s children lived with me and therefore I have always felt that I am the mum of at least three children. 

I live in a light-filled house in Titirangi, Auckland, with a lovely view across the Manukau Harbour. I’m currently in the middle of a renovation, and I love the creativity of it. I also love the challenge of new projects – such as tackling my garden – and enjoy going to the gym, biking and travelling.

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