nurture ambassadors

Allyson Gofton becomes an Ambassador for Nurture

We're delighted to announce that Allyson Gofton, well-known food editor for Next magazine and presenter of Wattie's "Food in a Minute", has become Nurture's first Ambassador.

Allyson's association with Nurture was announced on Mother's Day 2007, with an article and photo in the Sunday Star Times.  Allyson, her husband Warwick and son Jean-Luc had much to celebrate this Mother's Day with the safe arrival of gorgeous new daughter and sister, Olive-Rose on April 27th 2007.  Olive-Rose was conceived with the aid of fertility treatment and delivered by caesarean section four weeks early due to a condition known as placenta previa which can cause sudden haemorrhage, increasing the risk of stillbirth, premature birth or an undernourished baby.

Allyson also experienced a difficult pregnancy leading up to the premature birth of Jean-Luc when she was hospitalised with pre-eclampsia, a condition that can seriously compromise the health of both baby and mother.  Jean-Luc then spent 12 weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit.

As Nurture's first Ambassador, Allyson has agreed to help raise awareness of the prevalence of reproductive problems in New Zealand, and to highlight the need for funding to support research into miscarriage, stillbirth, pregnancy complications and infertility.  "I am personally very fortunate to have had the benefit of expert care throughout two medically challenging pregnancies.  I have no doubt that my family has benefited from the research and learning that has gone before and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to help Nurture in its endeavours to find new ways to predict and prevent distressing reproductive problems" says Allyson.

We're grateful for Allyson's invovlement , and believe that having such a well-known Ambassador with personal experience of reproductive problems will help to raise awareness of The Nurture Foundation and encourage more New Zealanders to support reproductive research by making a donation to Nurture.