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Hi! I'm Claire!

 

I am a mother of four, stepmum of two, birth and baby geek, early years play enthusiast, and self confessed tree hugger! Nature based play, touch, connection, oxytocin and supporting parents and babies are my vibe, as well as empowering parents with education, tools and techniques to find their own flow through their journey as a family.

I am mummy to Dylan (11), Frankie (8), and twins Louie and Pippa-Jane (6). As a family we adore spending time in nature, and I am known to be partial to the odd glass of gin and lemonade!

In what feels like a past life, I graduated the University Of Wales, Newport, with a BA(Hons) Degree in Ethics and Community Justice, and I worked as a Retail Manager for 10 years. However, after having children of my own - along with my own first hand experiences of birth trauma and postnatal depression - I was drawn in to the world of pre and postnatal support and early years development.

I feel passionate about ensuring that all families are able to access impartial, evidence based information and non judgmental support at each and every stage of their parenting journey. They say it takes a village, but I remember sobbing in to my cold cup of tea with blistered nipples and a crying baby, wondering where this mythical village was!

So, when I had my second baby and postnatal depression set in I realised that Monmouthshire was really lacking in support and community for parents - so I made it my mission to change that.

After initially training and working with a franchise, I launched Little Pips 3 years ago. In 2018, I was honoured to win the MAMA Award for Antenatal Teacher of the Year, before going on to win the Mpower Community Award in 2019. In 2020, I had a poem published in the beautiful book, "Mother Light - Poetic Voices of Motherhood", alongside Blossom and Berry teachers and colleagues. You can purchase this beautiful book here.

This year, in October 2021, I was thrilled to be awarded the 'Nurturing the Future Catalyst Award', honouring my work supporting families in their first 1001 days. I am so passionate about providing continuity of care at a time when families worlds are constantly changing, so this award truly meant the world.

It has always been important to me that Little Pips is accessible to all, and I therefore offer a balance of both free and payable support and classes, with an ever growing community of hundreds of families across Monmouthshire, Newport and the Forest of Dean. From antenatal and baby classes, to the free weekly Cuppa Club, appeals for families in need and a Welly Bank, Little Pips is a beautiful, nurturing and safe space to feel held and supported throughout your journey.

Classes are currently held at Portskewett and Sudbrook Recreation Hall and Caldicot Castle Country Park.

Qualifications and Training:

  • Diploma in Hypnobirthing - KG Hypnobirthing

  • Diploma in Baby Massage - Blossom and Berry

  • Soothe, Settle and Sleep Instructor and Colic Consultant - Blossom and Berry

  • Tummy Time Practitioner - Carly Budd Developmental Play Academy

  • Developmental Play Practitioner 1-3years - Carly Budd Developmental Play Academy (ongoing)

  • Tree Babies Guide - Blossom and Berry

  • Beyond Birth Mental Wellbeing Practitoner - Sophie Burch (ongoing)

  • Postnatal Recovery Massage - Sophie Messager

  • Rebozo - Sophie Messager

  • Postnatal Doula supporting with Traditional Moroccan Postpartum Medicines - The Nafsa Project School

  • Wildflower Developmental Play Practitioner - Little Wildflower

  • Solihull Approach Breastfeeding Peer Supporter - The Acorn Project

  • Potty Training Practitioner - Little Wildflower

  • Terrific Two's Practitioner - Little Wildflower

  • Aromatherapy for Family Wellbeing - Little Wildflower

  • Natural Weaning and Fussy Eating - Little Wildflower

  • Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation - Hygge in the Early Years

  • Mother Circle - Mandy Rees, Mother for Life (ongoing)

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