The State of Birth

The State of Birth Symposium for Pre & Postnatal Yoga Teachers & Birth Professionals-2

The State of Birth: for Yoga & Piliates Teachers & Birth Professionals

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Dates: Sat 13 & Sun 14 Nov 2021

Time: 1300-1600 GMT (UK Time)

Venue: Zoom

Cost: £75 (Early Bird)

Feedback from attendees of YTF Pre & Postnatal Training:

"I really enjoyed this workshop.... I liked Tessa's examples ...Tessa guided some great visualisations ....I left feeling resourced and inspired with plenty of new material to explore in classes." Amba Cooper- The Pelvis in Pregnancy

"I did enjoy it, very much.  Many thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge, and for providing a stimulating forum for discussion." Una Bentley - Biomechanics of Birth




The pandemic has put a spotlight on maternity services.  It is a challenging time to give birth.


Lockdowns meant that many expectant parents have been moving less and have had less access to antenatal education.  The prevalence of pelvic pain, inductions & caesareans have increased.


As yoga, pilates teachers & birth professionals there is so much we can do to support our clients to prepare for the birth that is right for them - even with restrictions in place and the NHS stretched like never before.


Join us for this weekend retreat to hear from some of the leading voices in birth - a chance to reflect on how best to empower your clients going forward, to learn new techniques and nurture yourself through a sound bath, dancing & yoga nidra.


Leaving your mornings free to be with your loved ones (or have a lie in!) mark the afternoons of the 13 & 14 Nov in your diary as "not available"


Molly O'Brien

Creator and Teacher of ‘Biomechanics for Birth’ courses for birth professionals and associates and a birth preparation class called ‘Moving for an Easier Birth’

Molly is an experienced midwife. She has been a hypnobirth and birth preparation teacher, an associate university lecturer, created courses for midwives and birth associates, campaigned for midwife led birth units and been a passionate student and enabler of normal physiological birth. Like many midwives, she was often frustrated by the obstacles in mainstream maternity care – something that changed for the better when she joined Norwich’s newly opened Midwife Led Unit where, over a period of 7 years, she witnessed hundreds of undisturbed physiological births. Working in a midwife led birth unit and attending hundreds of home births gave Molly the opportunity to make a systematic exploration of midwifery skills and observations that can help resolve long difficult labours caused by malposition.

The techniques and strategies that emerged from this time helped her revolutionise her own practice and she began to regularly witness rapid and dramatic progress as she put them to use in “difficult labours”. People would often say “Molly, I see you’ve worked your magic again”, and Molly would reply through, only slightly gritted teeth, “this is not magic, these techniques and skills are based in science- Biomechanics – the study of human movement, everyone working in the birth world should know this information.
Molly is now travelling the world teaching gentle and effective ways of resolving malposition using interventions based on biomechanics”

Tessa Sanderson

About the facilitator - Tessa Sanderson:

Tessa has taught Pregnancy Yoga for 15 years and has 12,000+ teaching hours under her belt, including Well Woman and Mother & Baby Yoga, Restorative and Birth Preparation workshops.  She has taught yoga in four diverse cities: London, Southampton, Bristol and Reading. She is the author of Pearls of Birth Wisdom: An Inner Journey with Stories, Insights and Practices.
Tessa is a member of her local Maternity Voices Forum at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and runs the Everything Baby Berkshire network for antenatal and postnatal professionals.  She has a PhD in Medical Sociology and loves using balloons as props in her pregnancy classes.  IG@tessa.venuti.sanderson and @birth_wisdom_pearls