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Online symposium

The State of Birth

18 & 19th November 2023

Keynote Speakers and Teachers

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Nadia Raafat

Nadia is a senior yoga and meditation teacher, trained in a variety of yoga and meditation traditions and disciplines: Hatha, Yin, Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra and Hypnosis.  

She is a perinatal and pelvic health specialist, childbirth educator and doula with over 15 years experience in the field.

Nadia produced the Yoga and Mindfulness for Pregnancy & Birth DVD, and in person course which has been taught to 1000s.  She also directs the Mindfulness for Pregnancy & Birth 100 hour Teacher Training Programme.

Nadia is a former journalist, mother of 4 and lives in Kingston, London.


Tessa Venuti Sanderson

Tessa Sanderson PhD is an experienced yoga teacher with 16+ years of teaching pregnancy yoga and birth preparation. She is the Prenatal and Postnatal trainer for the Yoga Teachers Forum.


She is the author of Pearls of Birth Wisdom: An Inner Journey with Insights, Stories and Practices and The Pregnancy & Birth Colouring Book with Yoga Nidra. She has also written and illustrated children's books about changing bodies and periods.


Tessa collaborates on projects with midwives through her local Maternity Voices Partnership and is passionate about supporting physiological birth through excellent antenatal education.

For enquiries please contact Tessa at or Julia at

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