Franklin Peer Support for Women
Meet the Well Women team


Cathy Fletcher

I have four daughters and live locally in Mauku. After the birth of my second daughter I suffered PND, an experience that has changed my life for the better. I am now one of the facilitators at Well Women Franklin and love helping other women on their journey to wellness.

Jane Fausett

I am one of the facilitators at Well Women Franklin and a Wellness Coach specialising in recovery from depression and anxiety. I have four children and live locally in Pukekohe. Depression has touched my life and I urge you to speak up and share – you are not alone. With encouragement and support we can recover and enjoy a whole new stage of our life’s journey.

Rachel Abernethy

Kia Ora my name is Rachel and I’m a mother of two and a Franklin local. I experienced a difficult time after the birth of my first child 5 years ago and it made me realise that it’s not what we experience but rather how we experience those things that impacts us. I’m incredibly passionate about all mothers being supported and heard.  Im honoured to be apart of this wonderful community supporting mothers to thrive. 


Judith Couch

Tena koutou katoa, I am currently the Chairperson of Well Women Franklin and a Midwife. I live on a lifestyle block and have four children and three grandchildren! As a midwife I know how valuable this group is for women and their whanau needing support. Kia kaha, kia manawanui – stay strong, stay patient.

Bridget Davies

I am the Co-ordinator of Well Women and oversee the day to day operations, funding, marketing and building of relationships with other social services. Within the community I hear stories of support for Well Women and this makes me proud to be involved in a group which helps so many women and their whanau.

Melva Kuunders

I joined Well Women as a Peer Support Facilitator in 2013.  My experience with PND followed the birth of my eldest daughter over 30 years ago and it coloured many aspects of my life. For me the most effective assistance has been peer support. “A problem shared is a problem halved”. I continue to work with Well Women as a support facilitator and Committee member.

Karen Bowden

I am part of the childcare team at Well Women and also provide in home support. I love being able to support and lend a hand to women where I can. I’m proud to be involved with such a unique and empowering group.

Clair Huggard

I am the treasurer for Well Women Franklin.

Kate Barby

I have three young children and live in Pukekohe.  After the birth of my second son, I suffered with PND.  To help aide recovery, I joined Well Women as a member – an experience I will be forever grateful for and most importantly knowing I wasn’t alone on this dark journey.  I have actively been involved with Well Women Franklin’s committee from late 2019.