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evidence based, friendly & comprehensive classes empowering you to birth with confidence

Ready to birth

Lamaze certified birth education / Antenatal class

 

Mel Clare - LCCE
Lamaze certified Childbirth Educator 

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Mel Clare LCCE - Lamaze certified childbirth educator

As a birth educator, birth doula, remedial massage therapist specialising in pregnancy, and as a pelvic care practitioner, Mel has supported thousands of women through their pregnancies, births and beyond over the last 16 years.

Book a pregnancy massage with Mel here 'Bodybright'.

Mel's passion is working with women to support both their wellbeing and their physical body. She is mother to two teen girls and has personally experienced both birthing at home and the hospital system.

 

Mel's aim is to help you and your birthing partner feel prepared, confident, supported, empowered to ask questions, make decisions and create positive experiences through pregnancy, birth and into early parenthood.

Over the last 16 years Mel has been fortunate to learn from some incredibly accomplished & respected teachers in the birthing world such as; Janet Balaskas 'Active Birth', Gail Tully 'Spinning Babies', Jenny Blyth & Fiona Hallinan 'Birthwork', Ginny Phang-Davey 'Optimal Maternal Positioning'. Mel studied to teach Yoga back in 2007, followed by Prenatal Yoga Teacher training 2013 with Janice Clarfield.

Mel qualified as a birth & postnatal doula with Australian Doula college in 2018 and

became a Lamaze certified childbirth educator in 2020.

Lamaze International is widely acknowledged to be the gold standard in antenatal education and is the only childbirth education program approved by the National Council of Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

 

The vision of Lamaze International is

“knowledgeable parents making informed decisions”.

Following the most current evidence based research, the small and tailored classes cover topics such as,

Signs & stages of labour

Hormones / physiological process of labour

Unpacking our beliefs around birth​

Comfort measures/positions for labour & birth

How a support person / birthing partner can help

Interventions and obstacles during labour & birth

The fourth trimester - Healthy relationships 

Breast-feeding & newborn care

Postpartum recovery

Pregnancy

Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices

  • Let labour begin on its own

  • Walk, move around and change positions throughout labour

  • Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support

  • Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary

  • Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body's urges to push

  • Keep mother and baby together — it's best for mother, baby and breastfeeding