about julie clarke

birth educator, doula & baby whisperer

Julie Clarke is an Active Birth Antenatal Class educator, a Calmbirth® Specialist facilitating classes for 10 years.

She is a Doula that has supported over 150 births over 25 years and is also a Doula Trainer, providing unique training click here for the details of the next Doula courses 

starting:   10 x Tuesday: 25 July to 26 September, 2017

(OR) 10 x Tuesday: 10 October to 12 December 2017

Evenings: (OR) 10 x Tuesday evenings: 8 August to 10 October, 2017

 Julie is also a mother to 2 sons of her own. She has presented at seminars, conferences and is a passionate maternity health advocate. With all her experience and dedication to her field, it is no wonder they call Julie – ‘The Baby Whisperer’



Dates for Doula Training are as follows:

no exams – no stress

  • Wed 6 September 2017, Thurs 7 September, Friday 8 September, Saturday 9
  • Wed 4 October 2017, Thurs 5 October, Friday 6 October, Saturday 7 Oct
  • Wed 1 November 2017, Thurs 2 November, Fri 3 November, Sat 4 Nov
  • Wed 29 November 2017, Thurs 30 November, Fri 1 December, Sat 2 Dec



Call Julie to chat about the best option to suit you 0401 265 530


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help to thousands of families

For over 20 years Julie has had the pleasure of meeting with expectant parents, conducting parenting and birth preparation courses, acting as a support person during labour and of course mothering her own sons. Julie knows, from experience, that information, preparation, comfort and teamwork makes all the difference during pregnancy and early parenthood.

about julie’s courses

Julie is prepared with comfy cushions, cold and hot beverages and her gentle approach. Julie conducts courses regularly throughout the year and in a variety of formats. Classes are held in a purpose built classroom, designed with pregnant couples in mind in Sylvania, a lovely suburb in Sydney, just 20 minutes south of the Airport with nice accommodation close by.

both a passion and a calling

“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.

learning is a lifelong process

Beginning my professional training in 1988, my course content is in line with current recommendations. Learning is an ongoing process and continuing my professional education is a pleasure. You can rest assured that you are getting the most current information as my knowledge is constantly being updated and includes the latest evidence based studies.

areas of expertise

Natural Active Birth including the full range of comfort skills for women in labour
Calmbirth® techniques using breathing, relaxation, creative visualisation
Childbirth strategies to minimise the use of medical interventions where possible
Breastfeeding newborns; attachment, positioning, biological nurturing
Parenting using a balance approach of attachment theory techniques instead of controlled crying
Calm gentle stress free techniques for sleep, settling, feeding, caring for babies
Post-natal Depression; self-help treatment options
Newborn baby care: insights reading unique signals and baby body language and sounds

notable roles

National editor of the Journal of the National Association of Childbirth Educators “Interaction”
UTS Bachelor of Midwifery Planning Committee
St George & Sutherland Hospitals Birth Centre Development Committee
Convener of the St George & Sutherland Shire Homebirth Support Group
Regular presenter at professional conferences and seminars

formal qualifications

  • Advanced childbirth educator and trainer (NACE)
  • Calmbirth® practitioner training with Peter Jackson
  • Childbirth Educator (PCA) Sydney
  • Breastfeeding Counsellor (PCA) Sydney
  • former Hypnobirthing practitioner and trainer
  • former Karitane Post-natal Depression counsellor training
  • Cert IV workplace education, training & assessment TAFE
  • Qualified with Community Organisation Parent Centres Australia

detailed credentials

  • Independent Childbirth and Parenting Educator in registered business “Transition Into Parenthood” pre-natal classes.
  • Calmbirth® practitioner since 2006 trained by Peter Jackson midwife Bowral calmbirth® founder
  • 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 Certificate no. 1922-04
  • 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 Cert 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
  • Every year in August the Calmbirth® Conference for Calmbirth® Practitioners since it’s inception in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • 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”.

These health funds currently recognising Julie’s course for health fund rebates, however, it is dependent on your health fund cover with health fund.

Julie is a fully qualified childbirth educator, facilitator, trainer NOT a midwife, nurse, or doctor. If a health fund requires a midwife to be the course provider then it will not accept Julie’s credentials unfortunately.

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