Over the last 25 years I have been working in family homes during the first few important years of their children's lives. I currently live in Dorset but spend quite a lot of my time in Rode, Somerset.
I have built a successful career working as a nanny, maternity nurse, sleep consultant and troubleshooter working with first babies, up to large families with 5 or more children, and have a huge amount of experience with twins and triplets from newborn to school age. Regularly liaising with medical staff and other adults involved in children's care.
I've supported families working with newborn babies at home and in hospital assisting parents with their newborn singleton, twins and triplets. Also helping families prepare for the birth of their babies' by discussing equipment, routines, setting up the house and babies rooms, and how to manage bringing multiples home to meet older siblings.
I help with establishing routines, getting babies sleeping through the night, resolving sleep problems, weaning and feeding issues, reflux, colic, CMPA and have potty trained countless numbers of toddlers.
I am passionate about everything I do, and I work with each family and child as an individual so they can achieve their personal goals and beyond. I believe nothing is impossible with a child but sometimes it may just take a bit longer to achieve.
Over the last few years I have found a real passion for teaching and encouraging parents and passing on my vast array of knowledge. Please contact me in relation to any of the following:
Sleep issues - newborn to 8 years
Troubleshooting - newborn to 8 years
I have worked with lots of families with children ranging from newborn to 21 years. I have worked with newborn singletons, twins and triplets and have experience of tube feeding at home, premature babies as young as 28wks, routines, breast and bottle feeding, weaning, post natal depression, severe reflux , CMPA, colic, sleep issues, haemophilia, bronchiolitus, club foot, hearing impaired, dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic and sick children (Leukaemia and kidney failure, transplant and dialysis).
Early Years Montessori
MNT Care of Multiples
MNT Sleep training
EDS Paediatric Sleep Training (3 full days)
Maternity Nurse Booster Course
Childhood Illnesses and Vaccinations course
Reflux and Allergy course
RTP sleep training course
I work solely temporary and short term jobs, from as little as a few hours consult up to 8 weeks fulltime.
I have several different ways I can help you, these include a simple consult to discuss your new baby before they are born. I can advise on equipment, routines and how to set up your house especially for multiples, or I can come and live in and work with your newborns for the first few weeks after they are born, helping to establish a routine, giving support so the mother can recover from giving birth and helping the family to adjust to the new baby. This can be for as little as a week, or up to 8 weeks, 24hrs a day or just nights. I also am a qualified sleep trainer and have worked with babies from newborn up to 8 years.
|Last Updated: 23/10/2019|
- Maternity Nursing from £16.00 per hour (gross)
Night Nanny - £16 to £30 per hr
24hr - £220-£400 depending on number of babies
Consult - £40 per hr
Sleep Training - £20 to £30 per hr
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We hired Claire as a maternity nurse for 9 weeks in 2015 to help with the birth of our twin daughters.
We have nothing but good things to say about Claire from the moment that she came to help us, she is worth her weight in gold. She managed to achieve things with our twin daughters that we didn't manage with our first son until he was much older - like self settling, and sleeping through by 8 weeks! She taught us lots of best practices and tips and tricks that even as experienced parents we didn't know and wished we had first time around :-)
She helped to support with breast feeding and bottle feeding, planned a routine that worked around already having a toddler in the house, helped with bathing, trips to the hospital and health visitors. She fitted in seamlessly with our family and was engaging and supportive of our son as well helping him to be a fantastic big brother and ensuring that we didnt focus so much on the twins that he was left out.
She was instrumental in helping to diagnose reflux in the twins, assisting in our visits to the Doctors to get the right medicine, as well as taking us to an expert to check for tongue ties and engaging a cranial osteopath to improve their feeding. We went from a two hour battle with multiple issues to a calm efficient feeding experience within weeks.
I cannot recommend Claire enough to any family with a newborn, whether it be a singleton or multiples. She has a tremendous ability to understand babies, do what's right for them and be a great support to the parents. She is a very calm person and was never been anxious or nervous around our babies even in the most trying times. She seemed to love a good challenge and thrives on difficult situations. After she left us, she has continued to offer support and guidance on getting the twins and their elder brother through their development phases and helping me with any questions or concerns we have.
Our son was very sad to see Claire leave as they became very good friends, and if we ever have any problems in the future we will definitely call her back.
I would not hesitate in extolling the benefits of a maternity nurse in general, it really does allow you to enjoy your new family even more......and Claire certainly is one of the best you can have!
Claire came to us two years ago as a temporary nanny. She ended up working with us for over a year. We still employ Claire on a temporary basis from time to time and in between her other jobs. She is an excellent nanny who is always very fondly welcomed back. She gets on well with other members of the household and fits in very well. She is incredibly hands on and down to earth. Claire has travelled with us and accompanied us on a variety of events. We have no hesitation in recommending Claire for any job from new borns to troublesome teenagers.
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