Meet Julie Clarke

Birth Educator, Doula and “Baby Whisperer”

It’s no surprise…I love babies! I also love seeing the initial fear and worry that couples have melt away as they immerse themselves in one my courses.

I’ve been a Doula and running professional Childbirth and Parenting education workshops for over 30 years. I’ve had the opportunity to support 100s of expectant parents, and my happy clients tell me how glad they are to have found me!

If you’re looking for birth or parenting support then I would love to support you on your journey. I invite you to get in touch via phone or email.

Julie's Credentials

Independent Childbirth and Parenting Educator in registered business “Transition Into Parenthood” pre-natal classes

Breath Awareness, Relaxation and Mindful Course practitioner since 2006

Qualified with Community Organisation Parents Centres Australia

Advanced Childbirth Educator and Trainer with the National Association of Childbirth Educators (NACE) National Editor of the “Interaction” Journal of the National Association of Childbirth Educators, since 2003

Supervisor for the Associates in Childbirth Education training for Graduate Diploma Students (VETAB Accredited)

Doula: Professional birth support person at more than 150 births, including Delivery Suite, Birth Centre, Operating Theatre, Homebirths and Water Births

Consumer Representative for Maternity for the SESAHS South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service

The Sutherland Hospital Birth Centre Development Committee 2003/4/5

UTS Bachelor of Midwifery Planning Committee 2003/4

St George Hospital Homebirth Development Committee

Certified HypnoBirthing ® Instructor since May 2004

Former Karitane post natal depression telephone support counselor

Former trainer and presenter at “Doula Express” in Sydney for doulas – professional birth support)

Presenter at national conferences around Australia (see below)

Regularly attends conferences, seminars and workshops to remain up-to-date

Convener of the St George and Sutherland Shire Homebirth Support Group

Management Diploma Gymea TAFE 1986

PCA Breastfeeding Counsellors Course, 1988

PCA Childbirth Educators Course, 1989 (12 months part-time course)

Karitane Mothercraft Society Post-natal Depression Telephone Support Counsellors, 1990 (conducted by Ms Kerry Lockhart, Deputy Director of Karitane, 6 week short course)

CERT IV Workplace Training, October – December 2002

Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner Training, May 2004 (conducted with midwife and hypnotherapist Peter Jackson, HypnoBirthing Practitioner and Trainer for Australia)

Parents Centres Australia (PCA) Conference, Macquarie University, 1986

Legal, Ethical & Social Issues Pertaining to Childbirth Conference, Sydney University, 1989

Nursing Mother’s Assoc. of Aust. Conference, Melbourne, 1989

Parents Centres Australia Workshop for Educator’s and Midwives, RHW Paddington, 1989

Associates in Childbirth Education Workshop “Presentation Skills for Educators”, 1990

Associates in Childbirth Education Workshop “Coping with Grief – Educators and Parents”, 1990

Associates in Childbirth Education Workshop “Waterbirth – Dr Michel Odent”, 1990

Associates in Childbirth Education Workshop “Teaching Skills for Childbirth Educators”, 1991

2nd International Homebirth Conference Sydney University, 1992, featuring Sheila Kitzinger, Janet Balaskas, Dr. Marsden Wagner, Ina May Gaskin

RHW Workshop for CBEs and Midwives – Update on Birth Centre Philosophy , 1993

National Association of Childbirth Educators (NACE) Conference, “Into the Future” , 1994

National Association of Childbirth Educators (NACE) Workshop, “Childbirth Education – Choices”

Nursing Mother’s Assoc. of Australia (NMAA) Conference, “Breastfeeding“ , featuring Professor Peter Hartman, 1996

Childbirth and Parenting Educational and Resource Service (CAPERS) Teaching Skills Course, Sydney, 1997

Independent Educators Workshop with Swedish Pediatrician Lennart Righartd on Bonding and Attachment Early Parenting, 1998

Royal Women’s Hospital Waterbirth Seminar by the Birth Centre Midwives, 1999

Homebirth Australia National Conference, Byron Bay, 1999

Associates in Childbirth Education (ACE) Seminar “Enhancing Midwifery”, 2000, featuring Pat Brodie, Lynne Staff and Nicky Leap

Bi-monthly workshops throughout 1999/2000 with the Independent Childbirth Educators Alliance, skill sharing

South Eastern Health Workshop “Raising Child Protection Issues in Parenting Education Programs”, Lynne Clune, 2000

South Eastern Health Basic Training for Childbirth and Parenting Educators

South Eastern Health Mentor Training by Lynne Clune and Jane Svensson, 2001

Midwives Association Seminar, held at RHW, “Women and Violence”, 2002

South Eastern Health Lactation Department seminar “Breastfeeding”, 2002

International Lactation Consultants Conference, Sydney , 2003

Julie regularly welcomes student midwives, student childbirth educators, and student doulas attending her ante-natal preparation courses

Conducted a 2 day seminar at Tamworth for the New England Area Health Service, “Making Groups Work”, for midwives and childbirth educators in the region, focusing on adult education, group dynamics and facilitator skills, 2002

Conducted 2 day seminars at Tamworth and also Armidale for the New England Area Health Service, February 2003 and May 2003

Speaker on “Fatherhood Issues” at the April 2001 NACE Conference and also at the CAPERS Conference as well as presenting the “Fatherhood Issues” activity. Very well received at both conferences.

Presenter at the ACE Grad Dip Course 6 day workshop held in Sydney in 2002, 2003, 2004 and again in 2005.  Topics included “How to Present Parenting in Groups” and “Facilitating Groups”.

Presenter at the Birth International Conference in Auckland New Zealand March, 2008. Topics: “Teaching Birth: Reducing Fear” and “Parenting 101″

Presenter at the Birth International Conference in Novotel, Brighton, Sydney, Australia March, 2008. Topics: “Starting a Childbirth Education Practice” and “Giving Birth”.

An adoring mum to 2 sons, Ken and Ryan. Both boys born using all the natural active techniques, pain medication free, instead utilising all the breathing, relaxation, mindfulness skills and with the loving support of her husband Geoff.

Julie is...

For over 20 years Julie has had the pleasure of meeting with expectant parents, facilitating popular birth and parenting preparation courses, for pregnant couples, and being available as a professional Birth Doula support person during labour.

Julie Clarke is an adoring mother alongside husband Geoff to her own 2 sons, Ken and Ryan. Julie knows, from experience, that information, preparation, comfort and teamwork makes all the difference during pregnancy and early parenthood.

Julie is professionally trained, as a Childbirth and Parenting educator and group facilitator.

The course content Julie provides is in line with current evidence based research.

Learning is an ongoing process and continuing her professional education is a pleasure.

You can rest assured that you are getting the most current information as her knowledge is constantly being updated and includes the latest evidence based studies.

“Helping pregnant couples navigate their way from pregnancy, active birthing and attachment parenting is my passion.”

There is not a type of birth Julie has not attended, over 150 so far and counting.

Julie’s courses are practical and factual.

Julie understands pregnancy is a deeply human experience, which is why couples feel at home in her classes and no longer afraid as they are informed, confident and more bonded as a couple.

Julie explains the courses...