Claire Oldfield is an experienced Midwife, having worked at a tertiary maternity hospital for the past 20 years and more recently as an Endorsed Midwife in GP clinics around Perth.
Over the years she has trained as a Naturopath, Registered Nurse and Midwife, and has a passion for women-centred care from pregnancy through to the postnatal period.
Claire believes that all women and their families deserve to experience a close relationship with their midwife throughout their unique journey and having one to one midwifery lead care enables couples to feel safe, nurtured and informed during an exciting yet sometimes confusing time.
Claire enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, children and dog as well as going to the beach, bushwalking, meditation, breathwork and Pilates.
What led you to a career in midwifery?
I did work experience at 15 years old at Woodside Hospital in Fremantle, where I saw my first birth! I loved the experience and just knew this was my calling!
What is your birth philosophy?
That women should feel supported and empowered to make the right choices for their birth, their body, their baby and their family. Each woman will have individual birth preferences and it is my job as a midwife to educate her on her options and support her decisions.
What is the most rewarding part of being a midwife?
Getting to know women and their families from the beginning of their pregnancies all the way through to after the birth, sharing their journey to motherhood and meeting their beautiful babies at the end. It is such a privilege to be a part of.
What attracted you to be part of Western Obstetrics?
I love the collaborative approach to maternity care. Women require holistic care and Western Obstetrics offers this by looking after their bodies, minds, spirits and babies!