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Holistic Bowen Therapist,
Midwife &
Childbirth Educator Sussex UK

 


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Lina Clerke

Bowen Therapist, Midwife, Childbirth Educator UK

Hello, my name is Lina. For many years I lived and worked in Australia, and now I am based in England, in West Sussex. I have over 30 years experience as a Childbirth Educator, Birth Attendant (Doula), Registered Midwife and Bowen Technique Therapist (this is my main focus at present - and as a Bowen Therapist I enjoy working with people of all ages!).

My (now grown up) son was born at home amidst the rolling hills and forests of Northern New South Wales, Australia (in the Byron Bay hinterland). He is the baby shown in most of the photos on this website (but not on this page!).

I have attended hundreds of wonderful births and this photo shows me holding one of my many gorgeous baby friends.

I see childbirth as a profound and potentially empowering experience in a woman's life. I feel passionate about helping women to grow within themselves during pregnancy and to become relaxed and confident as women during childbirth and motherhood. I have spent most of my adult life helping women birth with dignity and respect (accompanied by partners who are well prepared and supportive) and helping babies to be born gently into a loving and compassionate environment.

Although my special focus has been natural, undisturbed birth, I am well aware of the challenges facing parents-to-be in achieving such a birth within the (often fear-driven) medical-based hospital system. Because of my midwifery experience both in hospital and at home, I have many 'tricks up my sleeve' to share with expectant parents, wherever they choose to give birth.

When child-bearing couples become informed and confident, these empowered parents (by asserting their understanding and needs) can influence the practices and politics of birth in our society at large.

This has been my life's work and passion.

Since 2009 I LIVE IN ENGLAND, based in Shoreham by Sea, near Brighton, West Sussex (with short stays in London) where I am available for consultations,  skype sessions, private childbirth preparation classes,  Bowen Therapy, massage for women, and occasional birth support (doula).
Active Birth group Workshops are by invitation only at present (ie; you get a group together and I will run a workshop for them in UK or other nearby countries!)
See 'Consultations' and 'Active Birth Workshop' web pages for more details.

See also Positive Preparation / Useful Tips for Mothers to be By Lina Clerke


I am an Advanced Member of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia and Bowen Association of UK. I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; I have held memberships in The Australian College of Midwives, The Australian College of Doulas and the YogaBirth Association (UK). I am an Advanced Educator member of the National Association of Childbirth Educators (Australia);

I co-facilitate training for Bowen Therapists to work with mothers and babies. These trainings have been held around Europe including London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Bulgaria and Budapest.

In 2014 I co-authored the chapter on pregnancy and birth in ‘Using the Bowen Technique’ book and contributed widely in 2015 to the book "Choices in Pregnancy and Childbirth", both written by John Wilks.

 

BACKGROUND:

My first influence in the area of birth was my mother, Marilyn. I was one of the early 'Lamaze babies' born in the late 50's in Paris, France. My mother had a natural birth with me, and my father was with her throughout (rare in those days). My mother always told me that birth was natural and easy for her. She was not worried about it and in fact went to the hairdresser when she was in early labour! She used to often do guided relaxations with me as a child, and later she became involved in Buddhist meditation practice. Her positive attitude about birth rubbed off on me. I had no idea that later in life I would be so involved in birth and meditation myself. 

Over the years I have travelled widely and explored spiritual and personal growth through many avenues, too many to write about here in detail. My training and experience include the following (all of which inform my work):

Active Birth Teacher training in London with Janet Balaskas (renowned international author, teacher and founder of the International Active Birth Movement)
Childbirth Education Training with Parents Centres of Australia (now Birth International)

Graduate of the Bachelor of Midwifery Degree, Melbourne, Australia.
I have completed advanced training as a Bowen Technique Therapist (a gentle, wonderful and highly effective healing modality which I offer to all people- from newborn to the elderly). I also offer training to other Bowen therapists on use of Bowen Therapy with pregnancy and babies. For more details see link on home page and last article on the 'articles' page in this website.

Training in Infant Massage Instruction, Lactation Management, Women's Health, Natural Fertility Management,  and Counselling
Training in Yoga (specializing in pre / postnatal yoga and restorative yoga)

Training in mindfulness/deep meditation in England, India , USA and Australia

Training in Therapeutic, Remedial, Shiatsu, Prenatal and Deep Tissue Myofascial Release Massage in UK and Australia

Teaching Breastfeeding Classes and helping many new mothers with breastfeeding and newborn baby care.

Helping to set up inumerable self-help mother's support groups all over Melbourne

Exploration of creative and therapeutic dance, Tai Chi and belly dancing (lovely for pregnant women and babies)
Training in singing, breath and voice-release work (use of voice and breath is an important part of my work) and I have produced a double guided Relaxation CD for use during pregnancy and beyond (details at link on homepage). A general guided relaxation CD is on its way soon too!
Ongoing study of alternative therapies relating to the childbearing year and women's health.

I have taught Pre-natal and Infant Massage to massage therapists at the Melbourne School of Tactile Therapies and Victoria University
I learnt photography skills from my mother, a professional photographer. I have specialized in birth photography for over 20 years (I use many of these photos in my teaching and have created an inspiring photographic teaching aid for use in ante-natal education, which is being used by childbirth educators in Australia, Europe and USA).
I am a trained Montessori pre-school teacher (my teaching passion began here!)
I have trained in Hospice voluntary work/ palliative care (serving as a midwife for the dying has been a great privilege)

I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; I have held memberships in The Australian College of Midwives, The Australian College of Doulas and the YogaBirth Association (UK). I am an Advanced Educator member of the National Association of Childbirth Educators (Australia); Advanced Member of the Bowen Therapy  Academy of Australia and Bowen Association of UK.

I have presented nationally in Australia and in UK as a guest speaker for: conferences, maternity hospitals, schools and universities, students and practitioners of midwifery, massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy.


I have experience working as a registered midwife in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland - in a very progressive baby-friendly woman-centred maternity unit where women were supported to give birth instinctively and naturally to breech babies, twins, waterborn babies, and to have vaginal birth after multiple caesarian births.

In Australia I worked as a midwife in the Melbourne public hospital system, where I especially enjoyed working with migrant women.

I have over 30 years experience attending births in a wide variety of settings including home and family birth centre.

I contributed regularly to the Childbirth Education Teacher Training program for midwives and health workers at Melbourne's Royal Womens Hospital. I also offered professional development trainings and workshops in maternity hospitals around Australia.

I have done voluntary midwifery work in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. (Please visit www.highlandsfoundation.org.au to find out more. ) 

I speak fluent french and have offered birth workshops in France for parents and birth professionals..

I have been guest teacher on the Holistic Birth practitioner training course (Devon, UK).

I now co-facilitate training for Bowen Therapists to work with mothers and babies. These trainings have been held around Europe including London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Bulgaria and Budapest.

In 2014 I co-authored the chapter on pregnancy and birth in ‘Using the Bowen Technique’ book and contributed widely in 2015 to the book "Choices in Pregnancy and Childbirth", both written by John Wilks.


See my 'Consultations' and 'Active Birth Workshop' web pages for more details.
See also
Positive Preparation / Useful Tips for Mothers to be By Lina Clerke

Since 2009, I am living in UK, based in Shoreham by Sea, near Brighton, West Sussex (with short stays in London) where I am available for private consultations, classes, Bowen Therapy, massage for women, and occasional birth support (doula).
I offer private childbirth preparation sessions.
Active Birth group Workshops are by invitation only at present (ie; you get a group together and I will run a workshop for them in UK or other nearby countries!)

(Apologies for mismatched typesetting layout on this page - something I never did was learn how to create websites and fix computers!)


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