Hi, I’m Clare. I am a mother of three wonderful children (well, one is an adult now really!) and am married to a lovely supportive husband. I worked for 17 years as a Science teacher, specialising in Biology, and whilst I found it enjoyable, particularly in my interactions with lively minded teenagers, and achieved good results I always felt that there was something missing.
I have always been fascinated by the workings of the human body. I loved learning (and latterly teaching) about how living organisms are perfectly adapted to their natural habitats and how the cells, tissues and organs work together in perfect synchronicity, particularly the way in which we, and all organisms, are biologically driven to reproduce and pass down our genes.
When I was pregnant with my first child and was able to breastfeed her for the first few months of her life I became even more interested in how my body was capable of growing another human being, surviving, getting her out of my body (!!) and producing the perfect nutrition for her. Birthing bodies are truly amazing!
Since my eldest daughter was born over 20 years ago (gulp!) I have loved hearing other people’s birth stories: the dramatic ones, the scary ones, the fast ones, the marathon ones… There are no ‘ordinary’ ones; every birth is special and unique. What I began to notice though, in so many, too many, of the birth stories was the sense of lack of control that many people experience during childbirth, and the lack of support afterwards.
I came across the concept of doulas when my second child was a baby. A local doula visited the Bumps and Babies group that I attended. She spoke about what doulas are, what they do and how they can help. In the intervening years, as I came to the realisation that teaching was not ‘enough’ for me I researched the role of the doula further. I feel that with my scientific background and ability to deal with rapidly developing situations I am very well equipped to help parents to bring back that control and clarity in realising their own birth story and to settle into new parenthood feeling well informed, empowered, in control, and above all: happy.
I am proud to be inclusive of all birthing people and will support you to the best of my abilities regardless of your ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender identity and family dynamic. It is a sad truth that those who are outside the cultural 'norm' are more likely to experience prejudice, challenging experiences and poor outcomes in pregnancy, birth and beyond. I hope that will my continuous support we will achieve a positive and empowering birth for you and your baby.
I hope to hear from you soon, for an informal chat or to arrange an interview.