Melbourne to welcome a revolutionary model of community hubs for parents

Ten community hubs, called The Nests, are soon to be launched across Melbourne to support parents throughout the stages of pregnancy, birth and early childhood development.

Offering a drop-in service, The Nests will give mothers and fathers direct access to a range of health practitioners and support services under one roof.

The Nests are currently in the fundraising stage of development and will be further supported by a series of community awareness events, Motherhood Matters, commencing on Friday 28 April in Thornbury.


Accessing support services and professional referrals can be a fragmented and difficult process for parents to navigate. At The Nests, parents will be able to seek advice from a range of professionals including midwives, GPs, lactation consultants, psychologists, and more. In addition, The Nests will provide a co-working space with child care services, a café, workshop spaces, and communal meeting areas.

The concept has been three years in the making, driven by community entrepreneur, Pippa Campbell. During her time working with families as a doula, birth attendant and early parenting coach, Pippa realised there was a need for permanent centres with all the family support services in one place.

“By establishing The Nests, I want to recreate our communities so that women can feel empowered during their parenting journey, instead of marginalised and alone.

“If we [communities] can adequately support the vital stages of early parenting we will positively change the long-term outcomes for mothers and children and celebrate the amazing contribution mothers make to our society.”


From visiting the communal areas or the café for moral support, to attending workshops on pregnancy, birth and parenting, The Nests will offer parents a vast range of support services. The centres will be inspiring places to be, with each centre individually designed by local artists.

The Nests will initially launch 10 centres across Melbourne: Thornbury, Melbourne City, Hawthorn, Elsternwick, Brunswick, Sunshine, Mornington, South Yarra, Eltham and North Melbourne. There are plans to expand the model into regional Victoria, interstate and overseas.

Motherhood Matters Events Thornbury


To support the opening of The Nests, a series of fundraising and awareness events Motherhood Matters, will take place across Melbourne, with the first on Friday 28 April in Thornbury. The event features eight expert speakers and 30 stallholders and aims to celebrate and support the experience of motherhood at any stage.

Many mothers dismiss their family struggles and assume they are normal and bearable challenges, however most don't realise how their daily lives can be improved. Motherhood Matters Program Director, Pippa Campbell explains her inspiration behind the events:

“My drive to create the Motherhood Matters events is to give mothers practical support to allow them to enjoy a healthy and happy parenting experience.

“As communities, we need to recognise that mothers aren’t a single homogenous group; they are a diverse collection of individuals who can change the fabric of our societies in a unique and positive way.”

The aim of the event is to provide parents with simple and practical strategies that can be immediately incorporated into their lives. Motherhood Matters will be a relaxed and engaging forum that offers parents the opportunity to connect with their local community and build new avenues of support.

The ticket includes a full day of inspiring talks (exploring topics including financial strain, the experience of fathers, the impact of hormones, gut health, physical strength, mental health, and sleeplessness), access to speakers and stallholders for advice and support, a gift bag, and a delicious lunch.

The event will also fundraise for the set-up of the 10 permanent support centres across Melbourne.

Motherhood Matters

Friday 28 April, 9.30am – 3.00pm

Welcome to Thornbury, 520 High Street, Northcote, VIC

Tickets: $100, or ‘bring a friend’ two tickets for $150. Concession: $65 Tickets on sale HERE NOW!



Timothy O’Leary, author, therapist and educator The Experience of Fathers Timothy a social worker with a Masters in Couples Therapy and a Graduate Diploma in Parent-Infant Mental Health. He is the author of Dads Who Can - Love, Nurture, Play; Get Smarts - the new brain-gain study system and Parents Who Can - the secrets to raising happy kids. Tim's work focuses on child development, learning and success, and relationships.

Elissa Jewell, Jewell Body Sculpting Food and Exercise Elissa Jewell is a personal trainer, sports nutrition expert and lifestyle coach. Operating Jewell Body Sculpting for more than seven years, Elissa has worked with hundreds of women to educate them on how to make long-term, sustainable changes and she promotes a flexible and enjoyable approach to nutrition.

Dr Julie Peipers, Northcote Osteopathic Clinic Graduated as an osteopath in 1996, Julie has spent twenty years in private practice, treating mothers and babies, and as a lecturer in osteopathy. Julie will share how to gain an understanding of your own musculoskeletal system and ways that you can prevent injury and stay pain-free during the different stages of motherhood.

Danielle Maguire, Embrace Acupuncture Hormones Danielle is a qualified acupuncturist, herbalist and human biologist with a postgraduate in natural fertility. Her approach is holistic and treats both the mind and body as she combines the natural treatment of Chinese Medicine with a measurable, clinical approach. Danielle's practice treats hormonal imbalances, improves infertility and helps women to heal in both mind and body.

Sharon Flynn, The Fermentary Gut Health Sharon Flynn is the founder of The Fermentary, a thriving artisanal business in Daylesford that produces authentic, slow-fermented vegetables and kefirs. She has a passion for nutritious food that is both beautiful to make and delicious to eat. She conducts workshops, passing on her know-how to the growing numbers of home fermenters who want to learn this ancient practice.

Nathalie Heynderickx, Zen High Achiever Mindfulness A qualified yoga instructor, masseur and wellness coach, Nathalie's experience and understanding of how to create a successful career whilst enjoying a lifestyle which is caring and nurturing for the soul makes her a perfect addition to our expert panel. Nathalie will introduce mindfulness techniques which can be used daily to increase energy and reduce stress.

Pippa Campbell, founder of The Nests and Motherhood Matters Recognising when help is needed and how to find it Pippa is a doula, birth attendant and early parenting coach. She provides the support needed for parents to flourish and babies to thrive. During her time working one-on-one with families she conceived the idea of The Nests - permanent centres with all the support services that families need in one place.


The Nest presents Motherhood Matters