International maternity experts


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Maggie Howell (UK - London)


Maggie is the founder of Natal Hypnotherapy, the UK's leading provider of hypnosis for birth CDs, book and workshops which has helped over 100,000 women learn easy-to-use techniques to overcome fear and reduce pain in childbirth. She is also the Natal Hypnotherapy Lead at London’s new luxury Mermaid Maternity. Maggie is a mother of 5 sons and has developed the award winning techniques over the last 13 years with her team of Practitioners who run both private courses as well as courses for the NHS across the UK. More information:  and




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Janet Balaskas (UK - London)

Founder of the Active Birth MethodTM

Janet Balaskas is internationally renowned for pioneering the concept of ‘Active Birth’ in the late 1970s. Active Birth gives women control of their own bodies during childbirth and places them in the centre of their own pregnancy and labour process. This practice is universal and cross cultural and makes birth easier, safer, more efficient and less painful.

Janet is the founder and director of the Active Birth Centre in North London. This is a unique environment known all over the world for its revolutionary and inspirational pregnancy and postnatal programme. Janet has inspired and trained many Active Birth Teachers. She is the director of the Active Birth Foundation for professional training.

Janet Balaskas's groundbreaking books and resources have been translated into many languages and empower many thousands of women to discover and trust their innate ability to give birth: Natural Baby (Gaia/Octopus 2001), New Natural Pregnancy (Gaia/Octopus), The Water Birth Book (Thorsons 2004), The Active Birth Partners Handbook (Sidgwick and Jackson),  New Active Birth (Thorsons 1991) etc. More at





Lynn Murphy Active Birth pre & post Natal Yoga

Lynn Murphy (UK - London)

Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Baby Developmental MassageTM & Active BirthTM Expert.


Lynn co-manages the ‘Active Birth Center’ in North London with Janet Balaskas. She has taught at the centre alongside Janet since she qualified as an Active Birth Yoga Teacher in1997. Lynn went on to also train in Developmental Baby Massage with renowned expert Peter Walker, whom she worked alongside for many years. Lynn was a tutor on the Active Birth Centre Teacher Training Course which has now evolved into a new training programme. She co-developed the previous post-natal course and is currently developing a post-natal "New baby & me" course to be soon added to the training programme. She has developed a wonderful post-natal programme of courses & workshops for parents, as she feels this is an incredibly important time. Infact, her post-natal preparation begins within the prenatal yoga classes. Lynn’s original background was in the arts, which continues to feed her creative approach to teaching and training, she looks forward to further developments in the coming year. More at





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Debra Pascali Bonaro (New Jersey - USA)

Founder of 'Orgasmic Birth'

Debra Pascali-Bonaro, is Creator/Director of 'Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret' documentary-film and Co-author of the Orgasmic Birth Guide Book. Debra is a sought after professional speaker, Chairperson of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization, member of White Ribbon Alliance, Trainer for DONA International, and Lamaze Childbirth Educator. Debra also host webinars on Pleasurable Birth topics.

Debra has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, The NBC Today Show, Discovery Health, in The New York Times, The LA Times, The UK Times as well as numerous Parenting and Health Magazines around the world. 

Debra presents Beginner and Advanced Childbirth workshops for expectant parents, doulas, educators, medical, midwifery and nursing students, hospital in-services, and other professionals.

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Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova birthintobeing



Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova (California - USA)

Conscious Procreation Pionner & Expert

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova is one of the pioneers & expert in the Birthing Field of Conscious Procreation. She got involved with this work in Russia in 1982 and was one of the organizers of the very first birth camps at the Black Sea, where women were giving birth in a shallow lagoon, in an area blessed by the presence of wild dolphins.

In 2006, Elena created a revolutionary documentary, ‘Birth As We Know It‘, about ecstatic birth and the correlation between the birth trauma and the quality of our life. It beautifully illustrates what it takes to consciously birth and deliver a baby gracefully, minimizing trauma for all involved.  The award-winning film is profoundly impacting millions of people around the globe, in 58 countries, translated in 12 languages.

Elena travels extensively with her ‘Birth Into Being’ seminars, publishing articles, and giving talks at conferences and numerous radio interviews.  She also has 200 apprentices in 22 countries, who are trained to facilitate her method. More information :



Gowri Motha Gentle Birth Method


Dr Gowri Motha (UK - London)
Pre & Post natal specialist

Dr Gowri Motha, a Gentle birth expert, London-based ex-obstetrician, founder & author of a holistic method enabling successful and gentle natural birth. She has attended many births at various hospitals in London including the famous birth unit at the Hospital of St. John and St. Elisabeth In London. She is the author of the  "Gentle Birth Method"  and the "Gentle First Year" published by Thorsons. Currently she dedicates herself to support women and couples in their birth preparation within her London practice as detailed on her website Her successful method has attracted a prestigious international clientele. She is also among Europe’s water birth pioneers and has even supervised a first sea birth in the presence of dolphins in 1992.

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