About Us

About Us


I’m Sam Thurlby-Brooks. I’m a specialist in pregnancy, birth and postnatal massage. I’m passionate about people sleeping in the right position, so they can relieve pain and wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised.

So, I created the Mumanu pillow to help the thousands of pregnant women and other people I treat for lower back and hip pain.

Before hitting the market, the Mumanu pillow was tested by more than 1,500 pregnant women with 96% finding it more comfortable than before… so we know you’ll love it too. (I’ve been using mine for nearly five years!)

Sam-029-2Hear more from people who have used the Mumanu® pregnancy pillow before deciding if it’s right for you >>

Sleep well,


Sam Thurlby-Brooks, Creator and CEO, Mumanu Pregnancy Pillow

  • Trained massage therapist (specialising in pregnancy massage)
  • Trained doula (birth partner) with famous obstetrician Dr Michel Odent
  • Spokesperson including articles here. I’ve also been published a couple of times in the award winning OHbaby! Magazine
  • Set up Doula NZ, an organisation that supports and represents doulas across New Zealand
  • Former Bella Mama pregnancy massage franchisee in Mt Eden for two years
  • Private massage service
  • Qualified Hypnobirthing Instructor and studied the Yoga Academy’s Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Programme
  • Co-author of the Svastha NZ Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Course Theory
  • Certified BirthWorks International Childbirth Educator (the first person to do so outside the USA)
  • BirthWorks Ambassador of the Year Award 2012