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I obtained a biological sciences degree in Physiology and Nutrition in 1995.
I began training to teach pregnancy and post-natal yoga in 2004 and became an Associate of the Active Birth centre in London 2007 where I taught pregnancy yoga. I trained with Peter Walker to teach baby massage classes (2001). I am a full member of the Association of Reflexologists (since 1996) and specialise in maternity reflexology. I am also embarking on a training to become a counsellor.
I consider birth a rite of passage into motherhood and I am passionate women are empowered and have the best possible experience. I support women’s informed choices with safety paramount and believe babies need welcoming with love sensitivity and gentleness giving them an optimum start in life.
I am married with two children. From my own experience I believe all aspects of life and parenting are easier with giving a little time on a regular basis to look after your health. I think yoga and reflexology are great ways to nurture yourself and increase your wellbeing, and have more energy for yourself and for nurturing your family.
Yoga and Reflexology are ways for a mother to have time and space to relax and bond with her baby in pregnancy, and also once the baby has arrived. Research shows spending time bonding with the baby boosts the hormone oxytocin that enhances feelings of love and happiness. Oxytocin also crosses the placenta and promotes the baby’s brain development (Shonkoff et al, 2000)1. Studies in pregnancy suggest a link between maternal oxytocin levels and mother-baby bonding and lower rates of post natal depression (Levine et al, 2007)2.
Shonkoff, J. P., & Phillips, D. A. ,2000, From neurons to neighborhoods: The science of early childhood development. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
Levine A, Zagoory-Sharon O, Feldman R et al, 2007, Oxytocin during pregnancy and early postpartum: individual patterns and maternal-fetal attachment, Peptides, vol 28, no 6, pp 1162-