I’m Jilly Clarke
I am Jilly, an experienced (since 2014) antenatal, active birth and perinatal educator, postnatal doula, babywearing consultant – and mum to two kids based in Welwyn, Hertfordshire! Phew!
I teach innovative antenatal classes, hypnobirthing, pregnancy yoga, baby massage, yoga and sensory classes, and babywearing dance. I also offer a whole lot of support to the local community around Welwyn Hatfield.
I am certain that whatever kind of birth and parenting journey you are planning, the tools and techniques offered here will make a huge difference to your experience.
Welcome to my world of Antenatal and Baby Classes! I am not your typical antenatal and baby class teacher; I’m your guide, your cheerleader, and your confidant throughout this amazing chapter of your life. I use evidence based information and education to equip you with everything you need to feel empowered and confident on your journey.
With almost 10 years experience and a heart dedicated to supporting growing families, I found my passion and purpose in helping parents like you navigate the beautiful and sometimes overwhelming world of pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenthood.
My journey into this field was shaped and inspired by my training with The Daisy Foundation, and the birth of my son. You can read my beginnings below.
I taught The Daisy Foundation range of classes from 2014 until 2023. This equipped me with a wealth of knowledge and skills to support you and your family every step of the way.
The Daisy Foundation’s holistic approach and focus on hypnobirthing and active birth techniques allowed my philosophy to flourish. It centred on not just the physical aspects of pregnancy and childbirth but the emotional and mental well-being of parents too.
In 2023, The Daisy Foundation ceased trading (find out some more about it here), which meant I have embarked on developing my very own range of classes. My additonal experience in the field allows my classes to be truly unique.
Let me tell you the secret ingredient that makes my classes truly special – my unwavering belief is helping you find your confidence.
I understand that becoming a parent is both exhilarating and challenging, and the road can sometimes be uncertain. That’s where I come in.
My mission is to empower you to embrace this transformation with confidence, to feel secure in your choices, and to navigate this journey. Whether you are navigating the NHS system and facing a very medicalised birth, or perhaps you are planning a home birth, the techniques I will teach you can help you feel confident no matter the path you take.
My classes aren’t just about providing the information and techniques and sending you on your way. They are a safe space for you to ask questions, share experiences, and build connections with other parents who are on this incredible journey alongside you.
We’ll laugh, we’ll learn, and we’ll support one another every step of the way. Together, we’ll celebrate the miracles (and share the not to nice bits) of pregnancy, childbirth, and the joy of parenting.
I can’t wait to get to know you and your unique story. So, whether you’re an expectant parent preparing for the arrival of your little one or a new parent embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, I’m here to help you find your own path, and your own tribe.
Feel free to explore my website to learn more about the classes I offer, or reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I’m here for you, and I can’t wait to be a part of your beautiful, growing family’s story.
After the birth of my son I felt quite traumatised; it was a fairly straight forward birth on paper but I felt so out of control and unsupported by overstretched medical professionals that it took a while to get over that. I did an NCT class with my partner, but it didn’t do much to prepare me. I felt unprepared for recovering from birth, let alone a traumatic one.
I found The Daisy Foundation when my son was just shy of 6 weeks and attended Tinies, Wrigglers and what is now Cruisers with the wonderful Keeley in Hertford and Ware. I felt welcomed, remembered and seen in every single class and that is what kept me coming back term after term, and eventually inspiring me to bring the classes to my local area (I lived in North West London at the time).
Training in the antenatal side of the business I decided that if it helped me have a different birth with any other children to the one I experienced with my son then it was worth it; but to give others the same benefit would be the icing on the cake.
Fast forward to the pregnancy with my daughter, and because of the knowledge I had gained from teaching classes, developed with with midwives, I was able to take control.
I was offered the choice of a c-section, something that was initially quite appealing given the trauma surrounding my son’s birth. But, because of my knowledge I was able to consider using evidence and statistics, that I wasn’t given by the NHS.
Rather than a c-section, I actually chose a standalone birth centre birth as I knew that the support and encouragement of that setting would help with what was expected to be a straightforward labour.
The birth wasn’t without it’s ups and downs, but because of the hypnobirthing and active birth techniques I had learnt and had been teaching I was able to navigate these confidently.
I can honestly say, that because of my hypnobirthing and active birth knowledge, my daughter’s birth was so amazing. I was on an oxytocin high for weeks!
And I want that for all my clients. No matter how you choose to birth, it CAN be so positive.
Daisy Foundation Antenatal educator 2015
Daisy Foundation baby teacher 2015
Daisy Foundation Perinatal Educator certificate (DFPE 2017-2018)
Chilled Muma Starting Solids Facilitator course Jan 2021
Slingababy Babywearing consultancy course Jan 2021
Abuela Doula Postnatal Sankofa course June 2021
Baby Massage March 2023
Hypnobirthing Instructor May 2023
BodSphere 200hr Yoga instructor August 2023
YogaRenew Prenatal yoga course August 2023
HFE Exercise to Music level 2 2023
HFE Pre and Postnatl Exercise instructor 2023
Study Days and CPD
Body Ready Method training July 2023
Biomechanics for Birth June 2022
Little Possums sleep course February 2021
Holistic Sleep Mini Course May 2021
The Queer Birth Club LGBTQ+ Competency training June 2021
Cultural Competency training May 2020
Breastfeeding Update with Sarah March IBCLC, 2017
Microbirth screening and discussion with Michel Odent, 2014
Why are CubCare classes so different?
My priority for every class, workshop, consult and session that I deliver is to make people feel seen, supported and remembered. It can make such a difference during that big personal shift that happens when you become a parent, to feel remembered and supported, to not have to tell your story again and again.
The education that I teach is amazing and wonderful, but the real difference is the support and empowerment I give to clients. It is your journey, your life and your decisions – let me help you find your way.
The phrase “but it was all worth it,” is uttered so often after a difficult birth I often find it difficult to hear, because there is a real chance that your birth did not need to happen that way. That simple phrase can come from a completely genuine feeling of gratitude, and in that case, it is simply wonderful. But often it can feel like somebody dismissing their own difficult journey because it is what you ‘should’ say when the outcome was a healthy baby. The postnatal journey is difficult enough without the guilt of feeling like you should be appreciative of a difficult experience.
All too often pregnancy, birth or the early days with baby will throw you into the unknown and it can be an anxious and stressful time. Couple that with possibly a difficult birth, or feeling alone in the absence of close by friends and family who would usually be there to help and it can be really hard. You might be feeling like you need another pair of hands – and another head to run things by as you figure things out. This is where that postnatal support of a postnatal doula comes in.
I am privileged to be able to walk alongside you as you navigate your options (or help you see your options!) and make your decisions. Everything I offer is judgement free and evidence based so that you are fully equipped to choose the right thing for you and your family.
Sometimes all it needs is a listening ear and reassurance, sometimes it needs some more research and I am happy to do both. I love learning new things and there is always something new to learn!