According to my mother when I was 4, I declared that I wanted to be a midwife. So I put on my nurses dressing-up outfit, wrenched one of my beloved dolls out from under my dress and made the obligatory new born baby crying sound (if only it was so easy).

Mama to four little girls and midwife to many, Clemmie Hooper decided to start her blog to share the knowledge and wisdom she had learned from being a midwife and being a mother. Stories about pregnancy, birth and mothering young children that aren’t so widely talked about – straight from the midwife’s mouth.

From how to prevent tearing during birth, to what essentials to pack in your labour bag, Clemmie reveals all the essential tips for pregnant women and new mothers world wide. She is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her twin daughters but plans to return to work in January 2017.

To contact Clemmie on anything birth, babies or midwife related email her at gasandairblog@gmail.com

Disclosure: All birth stories and examples of cases on here are written with full consent from the mother, families or parents involved. The birth stories are written by the women themselves. In some cases names have been changed as requested.

Disclaimer: Whilst I am a registered midwife, I do not endorse or promote any specific brand or product in a professional capacity. My opinions are my own and are based on my personal experiences as a woman and a mother.


22 thoughts on “Hello

  1. Clemmie! Just saw this through Sophie on FB – really lovely writing! Can’t find you on Twitter thou? It’s Anja! (not your daughter – the other one in Herne Hill ;O)) XX

  2. Hello, I really like your blog. I’m a midwife myself and we are pretty much banned from even mentioning work on any social media, so I’m intrigued as to how your managers view your blog, especially as you openly identify yourself.

    • Hi, glad you like the blog. I don’t discuss which trust I work for and try to use general terms as much as possible. I’ve also studied the NMC guidelines on the use of social media and my managers and supervisor are aware of the blog. I’m trying to promote a positive image of midwifery while being realistic about what the job really entails and provide factual information for women, mothers, pregnant mums-to-be, midwives and student midwives.

  3. Hey Clemmie, My friend posted your latest blog post on her FB page and I thought ‘hey I know that girl!’ Hope you’re all well! I’ll look you up on FB. BTW the post was about maternity leave, but what you describe is my life ;0) I’m a home schooling mum of 2. Lorraine (mum to Callum) x

  4. Helloo please could you point me in the direction of your posts on preventing tears? Can’t seem to find them using the search box! Sorry, and thanks again for this brilliant blog 🙂

  5. Hello

    Your website stories & interview in the Sunday Mail is great & really paints a positive loving transition from pregnancy to birth to baby.

    I was wondering (I have done for years) whether your website could be used for more? I am jealous when I read of so many positive birth stories mine was horrendous so much so that I suffered PTSD (undiagnosed for 2 years). Perhaps your website could be used to support any birth and help everyone who doesn’t get what may seem like a perfect birth? Your service sounds more like a rarety in my experience & without knowing help is there or a forum to discuss birth problems people never move on.
    I know you may feel this would scare expectant mothers but perhaps if they can see when things can go wrong that there is light at the end of the tunnel it may help then to?


  6. Hi Clemmie, ive just found your blog and from what ive read so far I think im going to be stalking your page for updates!

    I am hoping to apply to midwifery this year and wondered if yourself or one of your student colleagues could give a realitic overview of being a student midwife i.e hours / workload / placements? I have 3 children so would like to know what its actually going to be like.
    Kind regards

  7. Hello, I’ve just found out I’m 11 weeks pregnant with twins and my friend recommended your Instagram page and blog. I’ve really enjoyed reading them and feeling much more excited about having twins. Thank you

  8. Hi ☺️

    I had my 3rd in my car and my husband delivered. We have the recording of the 999 call where the lady talked him through.

    Having had 4 babies this was by far the easiest and best birth experience even though I had feet on the dash board and had to scream at my husband to take my fucking knickers off!!!
    I’m sure this is because I just let my body take over and went with what it needed to do. I don’t even remember much pain. It was ace!

    Let me know if you’d like to hear the recording. It’s pretty cool ☺️


  9. Hey,

    My friend is a midwife and works for Doctors Without Borders and was most recently working on the Aquarius rescuing refugees and some of her stories about the births on board the ship are incredible and terrifying (one lady was taken off a raft in labour and just squatted on the floor of the Aquarius and gave birth right then like she knew it was finally safe(r) to do so). I’m sure she would love to chat or write a blog piece. Shall I put her in touch?

    Kind regards,


  10. Hi Clemmie

    I only just discovered your blog by following you on Instagram. It is a lovely, hilarious and tearful read! Please keep writing!

    I saw that you were interested in hearing birth stories from different countries and backgrounds. I have never really considered writing my birth story or even that it is that remarkable but in hindsight, I think it is, because any story is.
    I had my children while I was part of a ‘high performance cult’ in South Africa. I would like to share the story of my first birth. (It was in a hospital, nothing freaky). I think it is more the trauma of all the pressures and expectations that I struggled with. The feeling that I had no say over my birthing options, how I cared for my baby, breastfeeding etc.

    Kyla x

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