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CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Hi,  I’m Jen!
Mother, neuroscientist, author and speaker. 
It may sound simplistic but I believe “If mother is well, all is well”. Too often women are forgotten in the birthing process. Focus is often only on the baby, but we must remember that along with the baby, a mother is born. I wish I knew this when I became a mother. Having studied for many years (I have a PhD in Neuroscience and a degree in Psychotherapy) I understood the brain well. But when I had a breakdown (read: stress, anxiety and overwhelm) after my third baby was born, I was at a loss to understand what was going on within me. This resulted in me embarking on a journey of self-discovery.
I spent the better part of two years analysing  and learning about my mind, tapping into neuroscience knowledge, researching and learning, and creating a life within myself that I previously didn’t even dream of (… I am still going). And it all started with my brain. Although I would never want to re-live my breakdown, I am glad it happened. It has made me a better person, a better mother and a better wife. I am now lucky enough to educate and support women during pregnancy and motherhood, to help them create their best self, using the knowledge, tools and techniques I used to change my brain.

HOW?

By making mums a priority, and illuminating what is going on in their brain, mind and body, through translation of neuroscience, scientific research, and findings and theories of how the mind works.

Why?

Because if mum is well, all is well. I know first-hand how difficult the journey into and through motherhood can be.

I now also know it doesn’t need to be so hard.

So?

By better understanding how the brain and mind work, and how these affect our body, emotions and life, mums can design tools and techniques specifically for themselves to reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm, and create a wonderful life for themselves.

I'd love to hear your story, let's connect

MY STORY

I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
  • I was born in Munich, Germany and lived there until I was 10 years old.
  • Mum, my brother and I moved to Australia and settled in Byron Bay – tough life!
  • Graduated from High School
  • Following school, I worked abroad and travelled most of the world for almost 2 years
  • In 1997 I moved to Sydney to attend University
  • In 2005 I met Marcus aka Hubs
  • Finally completed University after 12 years, with a PhD in Medicine (Neuroscience and Pharmacology)
  • Married Marcus – 2009
  • Daniel is born in 2010  and my life changes forever – The I Wish Someone Had Told Me… journey begins accidentally
  • Jake joins our family in 2012 – I Wish Someone Had Told Me… now becomes a more serious project because I realise how important the information in it is.
  • Everly our baby girl arrives in 2014 – she challenges me in ways I have never experienced and finishing I Wish Someone Had Told Me… now becomes a must.
  • I Wish Someone Had Told Me…  is released in 2016 to rave reviews
  • We leave Sydney after 20 years and move to Auckland, New Zealand for new adventures
  • 2018 Complete Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy
  • 2018 sees the expansion of my business from book and medical writing to incorporate The Mother Mentor – supporting women during pregnancy and motherhood using neuroscience as a basis
  • 2019 I join the board of not for profit organisation PTSD Help NZ, as their Neuroscience expert and adviser

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*I write postnatal instead of postpartum and mum instead of mom because I’m Australian (pure-bred German but Australian citizen). It is also the reason for my dry humour (humor).

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MY ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

Nature Neuroscience Bagley E.E., Hacker J., Chefer, V.I., Malet, C., McNally, G.P., Chieng, B.C.H., Perroud, J., Shippenberg, T.S., Christie, M.J. Drug-induced GABA transporter currents enhance GABA release and produce opioid withdrawal behaviours. Nature Neuroscience (2011) 14: 1548–54

Neuroscience Hacker, J., Pedersen, N.P., Chieng, B.C.H., Keay, K.A., Christie, M.J. Enhanced Fos expression in glutamic acid decarboxylase immunoreactive neurons of the mouse periaqueductal grey during opioid withdrawal. Neuroscience (2006) 137: 1389-96