Website of Lina Clerke -

Holistic Bowen Therapist,
Midwife &
Childbirth Educator Sussex UK


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Labour - your hormones are your helpers. By Sarah Buckley.
Human birth is like that of other mammals- those animals that suckle their young- and involves the same hormones ... If we can be more respectful of our mammalian roots, and the hormones that we share, we can have more chance of a straightforward birth ourselves.
Ecstatic Birth - Nature’s Hormonal Blueprint for Labour. By Sarah Buckley.
Giving birth in ecstasy: This is our birth right and our body’s intent. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, prescribes birthing hormones that take us outside (ec) our usual state (stasis), so that we can be transformed on every level as we enter motherhood.
Birth is about letting go. By Lina Clerke
Birth is fundamentally about letting go. - letting go on every possible level, and that can be pretty scary and very intense.
Positive preparation / useful tips for mothers to be. By Lina Clerke
Lots of simple reminders and ways to prepare for your wonderful birth and beyond
The first hour following birth. By Michel Odent.
The hour following birth is undoubtedly one of the most critical phases in the life of human beings...
Leaving well alone: A natural approach to the third stage of labour. By Sarah Buckley.
Third stage represents a first meeting, creating a powerful imprint upon the relationship between mother and baby. When both are undrugged and quiet, fully present and alert, new potentials are invoked, and we discover more about ourselves, and the sacred origins of our capacity to love.
Healing birth, healing the Earth. By Sarah Buckley
As a birthing mother, I have both seen and experienced the enormous passion that can be unleashed at birth, and which can fuel both passionate motherhood and a lifetime's work on behalf of mothers, babies and the earth...
The need to humanize birth... By Marsden Wagner.
"By medicalizing birth, i.e. separating a woman from her own environment and surrounding her with strange people using strange machines to do strange things to her in an effort to assist her, the woman's state of mind and body is so altered that her way of carrying through this intimate act must also be altered and the state of the baby born must equally be altered.
A Declaration of the Rights of Childbearing Women. By Leilah McCracken.
There are qualities inherent in safe, loving childbearing which must be recognized as the global rights of all women. Dangerous, dehumanizing medical procedures are violations against women's most basic human rights and are also violations of children'
Birth Stories: the Instinct of Birth. By Candace Whitridge
But from the other part of the brain will come an urge so deep within her that it will compel her to move her body and to use her voice in a completely different way. Those are her deep instincts about childbirth, but we have buried these for so long that most of us have forgotten that knowledge. Occasionally, though, I see women who remember...
Healing wounded mothers. By Rhea Dempsey.
There is power locked away in women’s birthing wounds, creative power, which our bodies, our babies and our communities need. Healing wounded mothers and changing the system to stop further wounding is urgent.
How Aphrodite, Buddha and Jesus Developed Their Capacity to Love. By Michel Odent
The capacity to love is determined, to a great extent, by early experiences during fetal life and in the period surrounding birth.The first contact between mother and baby, during the hour following birth, is considered critical.
Can I spoil my baby? By Pinky McKay
Your baby's cry has been designed for her survival and you are programmed to react. A mother's body chemistry changes when her baby cries: the blood flow to her breasts doubles and she has a hormone-induced urge to respond ...
Co-sleeping with your baby. By Sarah Buckley.
Imagine this. Your baby is two weeks old, and you have finally settled her to sleep for the night in her cot, in the newly painted nursery next to your room. You are awakened from a short, but deep, sleep, by distressed crying, and you stagger out of bed.
Loving guidance for littlies. By Pinky McKay
There is so much confusion around the issue of discipline. And so much fear. Really, it is simple: the word discipline is derived from Latin – ‘to teach’. Almost certainly, by not responding to a baby’s cries, you will teach him not to cry.
All About Epidurals. By Sarah Buckley
Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one-third of all birthing women have an epidural,(1) and it is especially common amongst women having their first babies.(2)
All About Ultrasound. By Sarah Buckley
Ultrasound scanning was originally developed in World War II to detect enemy submarines. Its use in medicine was pioneered by Dr Ian Donald in Glasgow, who first used ultrasound to look at abdominal tumours, and later babies in utero in the mid 1950’s<
Loving hands - baby massage. By Pinky McKay
By following babies’ cues as they are massaged, parents teach their child, ‘you are worthy enough for people to want to be with you and touch you in a nurturing way,’ and the parents get to know their babies really well.”
Pregnancy, babies and chiropractic. By Martin Harvey
Pregnancy is a time of great change for your body, especially your spine. As your belly grows your spine changes shape so that your low back arches back more, your hips move forward and your body compensates to balance you by moving your head and neck
Hold your Baby Close to your Heart. By Anita Lincolne-Lomax
Hold your Baby Close to your Heart – The Many Advantages of Babywearing.
A poem for mothers
The Bowen Technique has been described as being "one of the most down to earth therapies in the book". It has gained recognition and popularity worldwide for its non-invasive, gentle yet highly effective way of helping people to be free of pain without resorting to manipulation, needles, pills or massage. Producing a deep sense of relaxation and providing lasting relief, the Bowen Technique works well with all ages from newborn to the elderly.   email: