Julie Clarke Birth Blog

Childbirth Education Training by Julie Clarke

I recognized the need and the chance to be able to really help other woman via pre-natal courses, but first had to undertake the year long course, with a community based organization known as Parents Centres Australia, which may have been similar to the...

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A better future for maternity in Australia by Julie Clarke

Since the late 1980’s natural birth has grown in popularity and in availability in mainstream Australia, though our medical intervention rate has increased, which continues to create despair for many midwives, some obstetricians, childbirth educators and many informed...

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A Poem: Birth and Bonding… imagine this experience…

Birth and Bonding Experience this with me: I’m a very little person, I’m completely surrounded, supported, nourished, Warmed, cushioned, Swimming in a warm sea, I am one with my mother, At one with my newness, Feeling, hearing a heart beating, blood rhythmically...

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“Was your father at your birth?” by Julie Clarke

Many men currently expecting their first child when asked, “Was your father at your birth?” reply emphatically “No!”, and for the rare one who says “Yes!” they usually haven’t had much of a description from their father as to what occurred – you could say...

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Connected to nature

Humans seem to have this innate need to be connected to nature. Perhaps this is why so many people when they go on holidays to "get away from it all" head for the coast, or a tropical island paradise, or a rainforest, the bush, the countryside which...

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The Ultimate Human Experience: Birth of a baby

I am an adoring mum of 2 sons Ken and Ryan, both born naturally, with the care of midwives... Ken in the first birth centre available in Sydney, Australia. I birthed him drug free, in the squatting position with Geoff my husband of 7 years behind me, I was...

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Pregnancy: Varicose Veins and Swelling of the Feet…

Varicose Veins and Swelling of the Feet During pregnancy, your legs and feet might swell. This is sometimes termed Oedema. The blood veins in your legs may swell, too, this is termed varicose veins. Hormones produced in pregnancy cause blood vessels to...

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The feeling of awe and ecstasy and euphoria…

The baby is out... the feeling of relief and awe begins... as you looked at your baby for the first time what did you think? what did you notice first? what surprised you? what aspects of meeting your baby for the first time delighted you? how did you...

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About Julie Clarke Childbirth and Parenting Educator

What does your work involve? Knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, energy and the dedication to share it with pregnant couples as an active birth pre-natal educator, in independent private practice for 20 years, a professional birth support person (doula),...

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VBAC – what does it mean for pregnant women?

Have you experienced a caesarean section? How do you feel physically and emotionally about it? Would you recommend a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean section it to others? or not? VBAC stands for vaginal birth after caesarean section - NBAC stands for normal...

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The Beacon in the South of Sydney for Natural Birth

Welcome to my very first ever blog, I am so excited to be sharing my knowledge with you, the reader, and keeping my posts fun at the same time. My name is Julie Clarke, I have trained as a childbirth educator and doula, and for over 20 years have been...

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