Selwyn & Christchurch

About Me

I’m Claire, and I’m a Diploma Qualified Childbirth Educator with over 10 years of experience, having previously facilitated antenatal classes at Parents Centre, Lincoln Maternity Hospital, and now as a self-employed educator.  

I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or Lactation Consultant as we are usually known, registration number L-302651 (Claire Coates). The IBCLC bit is really important as it denotes the rigorous qualification process that I have been through and sets the guidelines and boundaries of how I practice. You can check my qualification here IBLCE 

During my study to become an IBCLC I gained a Diploma in Science & Technology through all of the health papers I needed to complete – if you are interested in my journey, please check out my Blog on this website.

I am still a volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporter with Waitaha Primary Health (since June 2016) and volunteer 3 times a week with them.

My ‘job’ doesn’t feel like ‘work’ and I really enjoy helping others embark on their own journey into parenthood, where I can share with them a modern-day take on the age-old marvel of pregnancy and birth, and instill confidence in their own ability to parent their baby whose needs are not that much different to 1000 years ago.