The State of Birth

online symposium

13th & 14th Nov 1-6pm


Register now

Subsidised places available for student midwives and charity workers (please email here)

Recordings of the talks will be available after the event for 1 year - book now to have access

Join us for this online weekend retreat to learn from key figures in the pregnancy, birth and postnatal world.

Take a look at who they are...

Liz Koch

International Somatic Practitioner,

Author of The Psoas Book


Keynote talk ~ Wild Psoas: Awakening Our Innate Knowing

Saturday, 1pm

Psoas is a complex and primal tissue located at the very core of our being. Within traditional medical models and standard anatomical paradigms, the Iliopsoas is simply classified as a “flexor muscle.” Psoas, however, is so much more. This fluid tissue is a powerful agent of self-actualization that plays a vital role in a woman’s reproductive life throughout every stage of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

Psoas is a primal messenger located within the center of our being that communicates our deepest fears and our wildest longings. Growing out of the embryonic axis, psoas messages vital information providing our felt sense of safety and danger. Dynamic, juicy, and expressive, healthy psoas plays not only a vital role in our fear responses but also our full-body orgasmic delight. Influencing our capacity to survive and thrive, a healthy psoas has a positive effect on every aspect of pregnancy and plays an intimate role in natural birth outcomes.

In this session with Liz Koch, you will

  • Learn from her 45 years' experience of supporting the psoas in pregnancy, birth and postnatally
  • Consider how our animal body doesn't know about hospital policies and how to create the environment that your labouring body will respond to
  • Understand how to teach that vulnerability is our strength and how to regain agency through community
  • Discover how birth professionals can regulate their own nervous system in order to co-regulate those in their care
  • Learn from a case study of whether to teach the lunge position during pregnancy

Jenny Burrell

Head of Burrell Education, one of UK's leading-edge educators in modern Pregnancy & Post Baby trainings


Preparation for the Fourth Trimester Starts in Pregnancy

Saturday, 2.15pm

In this session with Jenny Burrell, you will

  • consider why it's important to bring exercise to your pregnant clients with heart, soul and mind
  • how creating space for your client to befriend her body sets her up for motherhood
  • explore how Adverse Childhood Event scores predict maternal outcomes
  • consider the tension between collecting information about your client (eg through a registration form) and being fully present

Tessa Sanderson PhD

Yoga Teachers Forum Pregnancy Trainer and author of Pearls of Birth Wisdom


Incorporating Biomechanics for Birth with a Trauma-Sensitive Approach

Saturday, 3.45pm

In this session with Tessa Sanderson, PhD, you will

  • Learn a 'Preparation for labour' yoga sequence based on biomechanics for birth and pelvis balancing
  • Discover how to teach two types of squats for different stages of labour considering nutation and counter nutation of the pelvis to support engagement and crowning
  • Explore how to share labour and birth positions with a trauma-sensitive approach
  • Consider how to bring choice and agency into your teaching for those with previous birth trauma

Kemi Johnson

Birth keeper & activist, Clubhouse room host on Physiological birth


The State of Birth Exposed ~ Sharing Circle on Physiological Birth

Saturday, 4.30pm

In this session with Kemi Johnson you will

  • Hear facts about how maternity care is currently functioning
  • Learn how to support physiological birth
  • Have opportunity to ask questions of an experienced midwife
  • Share your thoughts and build networks with likeminded pregnancy and birth professionals

Weleda prize draw ~ £250 hamper of their 'hero' products

Saturday, 5.25pm A winner will be drawn from participants (UK only due to delivery)

Stephanie Larson

Stephanie Larson is the visionary Founder and Master Trainer of Dancing For Birth™


Get moving with 'Dancing for Birth'

Saturday, 5.30pm

In this session with Stephanie Larson, you will

  • Be inspired by the origin story of how this unique fusion of dancing and antenatal education came about
  • Have fun trying out different dance moves that are taught to pregnant women
  • Discover the benefits of dancing during labour and hear stories of how women were able to 'stand up for birth'
  • Ask questions about incorporating dance into classes

Molly O'Brien

Midwife & associate university lecturer

Biomechanics in Birth teacher


Empowering Parents in the Birth Room with Biomechanics

Sunday, 1pm

In this session with Molly O'Brien, you will

  • Discover how you can give women and birthing people strategies to avoid being immobilised by CTG and keep moving
  • Understanding how the Valsalva technique and directed pushing impacts on the pelvic floor and find out how to support spontaneous, instinctive pushing
  • Explore how the instruction to open the legs to make space for the baby can be changed to be aligned with cutting edge biomechanics knowledge
  • Feel confident with the Side Lying Release technique and how to teach this to your clients for labour

Rehana Jawadwala PhD

Founder of MummyYoga & Author of Why Pregnancy & Postnatal Exercise Matter


Using Sound, Breath and Movement for Postnatal Mental Health

Sunday 2.15pm

In this session with Rehana Jawadwala, you will

  • Learn about the subtle physiological changes that occur in both parent and baby when they spend time in close proximity.
  • Learn how you can help a new parent feel calm and relaxed when it’s all chaotic around them.
  • Learn some cool techniques on how new parents can use all their senses to make a powerful stack that creates deep bonds between them and their babies.
  • You will be able to implement the tips you pick in this session straight away within your interactions with new parents. 

Rachelle Garcia Seliga

Traditional midwife and founder of Innate Traditions - Postpartum care training


Closing talk: MOTHERS: The Portals of Thriving Human Life

Sunday 4pm

In this session with Rachelle Garcia Seliga, you will learn

  • Why Maternal Health is Foundational to Humanity's Health
  • Revillaging as THE Medicine of our Times
  • The importance of centering Mothers as we REVILLAGE
  • The Paradox of Interdependence and Independence
Register now

Registration fee

Early bird £75 (full price £95)

Discounted places available for student midwives and charity workers (please email here)

Charity Partner

Sound bath

To help prepare us for the afternoon topics, Nick Stolerman will immerse us in the sound waves of the Gong! If you haven’t heard the Gong played before, it can be quite mesmerising, quickly relaxing both body and mind, taking you to a place of calm while leaving you mentally clear and focused. There’s nothing for you to do, just sit or lay down and close your eyes.

Nick's Bio



Stephanie Larson, Founder of Dancing for Birth, will take us through some moves from her fusion of dance and antenatal education classes.

Stephanie is an international trainer with global graduates of her courses, including in China.

Stephanie's Bio

Yoga nidra

Susie Ro will take you through one of her wonderful yoga nidra relaxations with improvised song. Susie is a song leader, vocal coach and yoga nidra workshop facilitator.

Recharge by taking your eyes from the screen and experiencing how the voice can take you deeper into the yoga nidra state.

Susie's Bio


On the Saturday afternoon, Kemi Johnson will host a circle where we you can ask questions and share your anxieties about the state of birth AND your hopes for the future.

Haven't registered yet?


6 CPD hours - certificate available on completion of quiz activity

Supporting pregnant women who have fled violence or traffickers

A percentage of the profits from the symposium will be donated to this wonderful charity.

Weleda has generously provided a hamper of Weleda products worth £250 for a prize draw to be conducted live on Saturday (UK participants only).

We are happy to collaborate with a company with 100% certified natural baby products.

Each participant will be given a DISCOUNT code to sample Weleda products (details will be emailed).

When you book your place, we commit to donate one tree

“When women gather, something else becomes possible. Ours is a different kind of power, a different kind of responsiveness, receptivity, subtlety and co-creativity.

We need to gather, to inspire and encourage each other, because it's time for a different relationship with life on this planet of ours.” ~ Clare Dubois, Founder & CEO, TreeSisters

Ready to register?


Why join us?

* Inspiring speakers to recharge your passion and bring fresh enthusiasm and knowledge to your clients and patients

* Life-time access to all the sessions
* Watch the symposium at your own pace again and again
* Be part of a community of pregnancy, birth and postnatal professionals that want to make a difference
* Support The Happy Baby Community Charity - a percentage of profits from this event will go to the charity

* Have a tree planted on your behalf through the TreeSisters charity when you book your place.

* Recharge the enthusiasm and passion for what you bring to your pregnancy and postpartum communities.