From the early 1990s I’ve written health articles for women’s magazines covering a wide range of subjects both from a conventional and complementary viewpoint. My special interests are infertility and women’s health. More recently I’ve written about nursing issues. My feature about the stress of intensive care and its after effects ‘Easing ICU trauma’ April 2014 for nursing Standard was shortlisted for the 2016 Guild of Health Writers Awards.
Other publications have included Ms London, Womans Realm, Top Santé, Essentials, Good Housekeeping, Best and more recently that’s life where I’ve contributed real life health stories. I worked for many years for Bella my article ‘How to Beat the Top Five Summer Allergies’ Bella Summer Special in 2002, won first prize in the Allergy UK Media Award 2002.
‘Mary-Claire was a regular contributor to Bella magazine’s health pages during the 14 years that I edited the section (1994-2008). Her health news and feature articles were always well written, thoroughly researched, entertaining and delivered bang on time. She can tackle any commission with ease, whether it be investigating the latest celebrity diet fad or relating to a woman’s first-person experience of breast cancer, and produce informative and accurate yet thoroughly readable copy.’
Editor, Live Well
I have also written for trade publications such as Doctor and GP and for the past couple of years contributed features to Nursing Standard, the weekly magazine of the Royal College of Nursing
‘Mary-Claire provides accurate timely copy of a high standard. She is also excellent at bringing forward new ideas which are well pitched to specific publications.’
I have provided features on health and community issues for Resonant Media, the creative communications agency that specialises in health and social marketing.
‘Over the past 10 years Mary-Claire has provided consistently great work. She is flexible and imaginative and she always meets deadlines.’
As a result of my interest in male infertility (see book page) I was commissioned in 2000 to write the section on male infertility for the Men’s Health Forum website www.malehealth.co.uk
My work towards the end of the 1980s and early 1990s appeared in newspapers, sometimes on groundbreaking issues e.g. ‘Screen Testing’ The Guardian, 16 Jan 1990, where I examined the breast screening controversy – screening was in its infancy having been implemented in 1988.
Several of my articles were about fertility problems. Examples are ‘Infertility Rights and Wrongs’ , the Guardian 8 May 1990, about the possible side effects of infertility treatments. ‘This little fellow’s a natural’, (IVF without drugs) 15 Jan 1991, the Independent. ‘Pick the best sperm then egg them on’ (covered the new sperm injection techniques for male infertility )appeared in the Independent 29.10.1991. Other subjects included women and alcohol and women as sex abusers – I also contributed to New Statesman writing for example about the benefits or otherwise of psychotherapy.