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I am Claire Winstone, Ph.D., a psychotherapist who specializes in infants, young children, and prenatal and perinatal issues.  I also love teaching and writing and aspire to do a lot more of those in due course.

This is my first blog so bear with me as I figure out what I’m doing and try to find the time to add to it. 

My plan is to write about prenatal and birth psychology and to include snippets from others, as appropriate.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t have other things I want to say now and again. 🙂

  1. Oh Dr. Claire thanks for the site!
    Knowing that folks like you take care of this aspect of our society — overburdened with challenges, perhaps.
    Keep on musing!

  2. Dear Claire,

    Dylan E. put me on to you and I’m grateful for your site and your work. I’d be interested in subscribing to your blog, if it’s subscribable. I’d also like to put myself and others like me on your blog’s, uh, radar screen. I’m 55 with a lifelong history of depression. I now believe that one of its central anchors is my non-labor caesarian birth and the medical habits that surrounded it in the better-living-through chemistry 50’s. My parents are dead and it is neither fun nor easy to retrieve the likelihoods of my experience. So much of what I read about caesarians is geared to mothers. What is written about healing a baby’s experience is generally geared to children. I often feel hung out to dry on a precarious limb. And there must be many others like me. I hope we might be included in your work.

    Thanks and hooray for you and your blog launch.


    • Eloise, thank you for visiting. If you look at the top of the page under the header, there is a button for RSS Feed though it doesn’t have the little red symbol. I think that’s what you need to “subscribe”. I certainly understand the challenge of trying to find the relevant parts of one’s birth history–my birth records were destroyed years before I knew I wanted them. I’ve done a lot of work with William Emerson and Ray Castellino (and some with Karlton Terry) and managed to discover many pieces of my own birth puzzle that way–somatically, experientially. As the author says “The Body Remembers”. The three people I mentioned here, and Wendy McCarty in Santa Barbara, are all people who work with infants, children and adults to address prenatal and birth issues, and William Emerson has videos of treating a baby born by cesarean which I think can actually contribute to the viewer’s healing. It is unfortunate that there are so few clinicians who know how to do this work. Where are you located? I’m wondering if you are close enough to any of these folks or their former trainees to find someone who could help you with your own birth work–or is that what you are doing with Dylan (not that you have to breach your confidentiality to respond). I think it will be important for you to keep pushing through obstacles in your life, rather than detouring around them or feeling hopeless about succeeding. And also, notice the successes, however small–we have such a tendency to magnify our failures and miss all the ways we are successfully making it through. Best wishes with your journey, and I’m so glad you are connected to Dylan!

  3. Claire, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for swinging by our blog a few days ago. Your comments on my daughter’s phone conversation were powerful. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the time you took to share. And I’m excited to find a new blog to stroll through!

  4. Claire, I thought we might want to share links. I’ve just set up a blog for my book, The Birth of Hope. The final chapter of the book is written from baby Hope’s point of view, so literally “Speaking4Baby.

  5. Stumbled on your comment about water in the Gulf at Roz Savage’s site; wow — just what I was thinking! Very good work on your part picking that up and passing it on. I will pass it on also. Keep it up. Your intuition is very powerful. Let us all visualize a world with clean water, clean air, and clean, free energy. We are the New Atlantis. We know how to create a loving and creative and energetic world. We already know how. Visualize it as already having happened. Looking forward to keeping up with more of your kind thoughts!! — JC
    Hope you will not mind if I re-post your comments below for others in the hopes the Word will spread:

    Perhaps from Dr. Masuro Emoto, “the scientist from Japan who has done . . . the research and publications about the characteristics of water. Among other things, his research revealed that water physically responds to emotions.
    Right now, most of us have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while certainly we are justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms, if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr Emoto, himself, has proposed:
    “I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.
    To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons, corals, algae, and all living creatures . . . I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you.”
    We certainly have nothing to lose and everything to gain, and the power of thousands of people praying for the same thing, perhaps can create the miracle that BP is incapable of. So I’m passing this along and hoping that some will use the prayer, and pass it along, in turn. (– Claire)

  6. I am thrilled to find your survey regarding Pitocin® and behaviors associated with autism.

    I am further delighted to find you on Twitter. If you read my tweets @HomeAutismTutor you will discover we are birds of a feather as I am consumed, questioning the effects of Pitiocin® on infants.

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