Birthlight news

Press release: Baby swimming experts warn parents about the hidden risks of floating neck rings for babies

Two of the UK’s major bodies involved in baby swimming teaching, STA and Birthlight, are urging parents to seriously think about the potential dangers.

05 Apr 2017

Reviewing the risks of floating neck rings and why water safety is best based on communication

Two articles where we hope to show that there is a better way.

27 Mar 2017

Crazy Aunty Shawn is swimming for Jay

Shawn committed to cold water swimming last year through Autumn, winter and now Spring to raise money in support of her nephew Jay who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

24 Mar 2017

Meeting Ina May is always a pleasure

It is always a great pleasure to see Ina May Gaskin. She is as funny and down to earth out of the limelight as she is on stage and in her books.

21 Mar 2017

Healing Diastasis Recti with gentle birthlight yoga

At Birthlight we use an integrative approach that, following the principles of yoga and Ayurveda, “supports the supporting structures” around a problem area: lower back strength, pelvic floor tone and organ function are all improved while the Diastasis Recti is being repaired.

20 Mar 2017

Birthlight Water Parenting - Kali

The independence and confidence in water that she developed so early on mean that she is very much a water person to this day.

18 Mar 2017

It's never too late, there's always a way

Me, thirty beautiful women, and an army of stuffed animals. This is the scene I beheld whilst the Tuscan afternoon introduced the first of a week's worth of sessions in postnatal yoga and connectivity training with Birthlight last summer.

02 Mar 2017

“Water Wobbles” unpacked

The recent emergence of the “Water Wobbles’ as a major concern in some baby swim schools and a topic of discussion in blogs related to baby swimming calls for a clarification of the concept. What exactly do the “Water Wobbles” stand for?

27 Feb 2017

Birthlight training in yoga to support natural birth in Portugal

Nearly the whole team joined me to understand how to use Birthlight yoga to support natural birth in this busy state hospital in Portugal.

14 Feb 2017

The birth of Laniya

Although my birth wasn't textbook perfect and had a few ups and downs that's what makes it more special as together we overcame all the obstacles and together we birthed naturally and at our pace.

13 Feb 2017

Yoga retreat in Kythera, Greece

If you have been wondering where to holiday this summer, and have long wanted to incorporate yoga for the whole family, into your holiday plans, 3 Birthlight teachers (2 tutors in fact!) are coming together to bring a family holiday with some Birthlight magic to life.

12 Feb 2017

Human rights in childbirth, narratives and restorative justice: a review

This review describes the emerging global debate on the role of human rights in childbirth.

02 Feb 2017

Supporting women with independent midwives

Birthlight supports this statement by Rebecca Schiller from Birthrights highlights the unnecessarily tight timescale imposed by the NMC and lack of attempt to communicate what constitutes adequate levels of insurance.

20 Jan 2017

5 reasons to massage your baby

Baby massage is increasingly becoming a popular activity for new parents to undertake in the early weeks of caring for infants. Why is baby massage so helpful?

20 Jan 2017

Special and additional needs swimming

In Birthlight we are honoured to tutor Infant Aquatics for children with Special and Additional needs.

18 Jan 2017

Asquith discount and competition

We’ve teamed up with activewear brand, Asquith, to offer you an exclusive 20% discount on their Spring Summer ’17 collection.

18 Jan 2017

A tribute to Wendy Gadsden

Remembering Wendy can only be in a spirit of celebration. As tears keep welling up, images of her charm and cheerfulness soon prevail over the acute feeling of loss. Wendy was simply irresistible.

17 Jan 2017

Birthlight water parenting resources

Birthlight water parenting is an unique method, involving gentle techniques, which enhance body posture, breath awareness and mindful swimming with babies. We have a DVD and baby song book to help learning through loving interaction.

09 Jan 2017

Birthlight Christmas message 2016

‘tis the season of good will, well-wishing and happy tidings. As we prepare gifts and plan special cheer, the festive season unwittingly opens our hearts and draws us to celebrate the end of a cycle and the opening of a new one at the winter solstice.

19 Dec 2016

International mother-baby development congress in Beijing

Françoise Freedman was a speaker at the Seventh Mother Baby Development Congress in Beijing. She presented Birthlight's baby swimming programme, that is currently applied in 20 schools in Beijing and growing.

21 Nov 2016

Perinatal yoga training in Cyprus

Gisela Collazo shares her experience of Birthlight's first perinatal yoga course in Cyprus and her first as a tutor.

13 Nov 2016

Perinatal yoga training in Beijing

Luz Dary Schilt shares her experience of tutoring her first perinatal yoga course in Beijing.

10 Nov 2016

Empowering pregnant women through contemplation on the Yamas and Niyamas

For many women their first experience of yoga is when they are pregnant. Usually they join classes to do some gentle stretches and learn to relax but there is so much more we can offer them.

08 Nov 2016

Tutor training for the Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School

During October, STA delivered the first standardisation tutor training for the Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School. A select group of tutors from STA and Birthlight were taken through course content, resources and delivery expectations to ensure all the required content is covered to the necessary standard.

07 Nov 2016

Birthlight on tour in Barcelona

Birthlight On Tour continues to grow as we have just completed our first retreat- style training at Omshanti Yoga Studio just outside Barcelona, Spain.

06 Nov 2016

A typical day - therapeutic aqua sessions

Birthlight, one amazing organisation - the water, one amazing medium. Bring these together and offer happiness, relief, solace and joy to so many.

01 Nov 2016

Shining the light

Jenni Jones shares her reflections on the influence of her teachers. Shining the light that is in all of us as teachers who guide women into wellness and health of mind, body, spirit breath and baby.

01 Nov 2016

Shawn Tomlinson at the STA Conference 2016

Shawn Tomlinson was invited to attend this years’ annual STA conference as a guest speaker in her capacity as a Birthlight Aquatics Tutor. Shawn spoke passionately about the Birthlight holistic approach to Baby Swimming.

16 Oct 2016

'Light in Water' conference review 2016

The comments and evaluations that we have received on the Light in Water conference are a testimony to its success as an international event designed to raise awareness on the potential that water has for supporting parents to be and new parents through the Primal Continuum.

13 Oct 2016

Birthlight Water Parenting Video

Birthlight Water Parenting is an unique method, involving gentle techniques, which enhance body posture, breath awareness and mindful swimming with babies. The video is now available as on demand download.

08 Oct 2016

From Mother to Birthlight Yoga Teacher

I have recently completed Part 1 of the Well Woman Yoga course in London with Francoise and a group of other amazing women all from different yoga backgrounds. During the course I paused to reflect on my own Birthlight journey, which started as a mother

06 Oct 2016

Aqua yoga maman-bebe

Perrine Alliod, a Birthlight teacher in Paris, has had an article on Mother and Baby Aqua Yoga in the November issue of 'Parents' magazine.

04 Oct 2016

Doula course in Shanghai

I’m full of gratitude and humbleness for being given this opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge whilst at the same time, learning so much myself. I’m proud to be leaving behind five newly established doulas, inspired and impatient to pass what they have learnt on to the women they come into contact with.

03 Oct 2016

Birthlight yoga for maternity

The Birthlight Yoga for Maternity course is designed around the existing knowledge and skills of a midwife which Birthlight knows from experience can be very different from those of an experienced yoga teacher looking to specialise in pregnancy yoga.

30 Sep 2016

Toddler yoga with Birthlight - Rachel Jones

Having completed the Toddler SMART course, this gave me the confidence to embrace and make space for the older children (with great understanding from the mums who do not have an extra child attending!) to come along to the class and experience some Yoga for themselves.

24 Sep 2016

Aqua yoga in pregnancy - journal

Ioanna Vaporidi, Birthlight teacher and founder/director of the Aquabirth centre in Athens has published an article about aqua yoga in pregnancy to the Journal of Universal Surgery

21 Sep 2016

My birthlight story - Nadine

It took me a while to get my head around becoming a Birthlight Baby Swimming teacher. I’d trained as a dancer but, due to injury that never quite happened! And now I have been asked to write something about how I came to Birthlight.

09 Sep 2016

Shawn Tomlinson speaking at STA Conference 2016

Shawn Tomlinson, Birthlight Aquatic Tutor and Neuro Developmental Delay Therapist, will be speaking at the STA Conference 2016.

01 Sep 2016

Become a friend of birthlight

Anyone can become a friend of birthlight... Birthlight Friends’ annual subs of £10 are one great way to support all we do through our UK based non profit association.

31 Aug 2016

Joint Infant Aquatics NVQ Level 3 qualification with STA

It is with great joy that we have joined with the STA to offer an Infant Aquatics swimming qualification that responds to the requirements of the PAS520. This new qualification will enable Birthlight Diploma holders to hold an NVQ level 3.

31 Aug 2016

New Birthlight Baby Swimming Song Book and CD

Following the success of the Baby Yoga Song Book, Birthlight has gathered the most popular water-themed melodies and rhymes enjoyed in Birthlight baby and toddler swimming classes over many years.

24 Aug 2016

Birthlight on tour - Bangkok

What a pleasure to offer our new motherhood yoga on tour in Bangkok. The venue was at a music school which has a lovely sunshine filled yoga studio.

25 Jul 2016

Joseph Chilton Pearce - Conference presentation

It is ten years since the first Birthlight international conference Visions of Infant Joy in July 2006. Among all the outstanding speakers who graced this conference, Joseph Chilton Pearce left a lasting mark with his message of ‘infant joy’ that called for a standing ovation.

22 Jul 2016

Moscow report - Amazing Francoise

In June Francoise Freedman visited Moscow. People had the opportunity to see her working in different areas, gain new and very fresh ideas, obtain deep knowledge from the founder of Birthlight, and just talk and spend time with a wonderful woman, teacher and friend.

11 Jul 2016

‘Light in Water’ conference partner opportunities

If you want to introduce a product or service range and would like be better known in the UK and abroad, ‘Light In Water’ could be a great opportunity for you!

10 Jul 2016

Birthlight Japan in action: part 1

My first encounter with Birthlight was after returning to my hometown, while carrying my second son, Zen, (now 18 months old), when I joined Rumi Kinoshita’s Livelight class.

04 Jul 2016

Birthlight training resources now even better

Our new dedicated training resources website provides coursework support in addition to tools to market your classes and update your training knowledge.

01 Jul 2016

Well woman yoga retreat - Tuscany, Italy

30 November - 4 December 2016. A rare occasion to study with Francoise Freedman in a relaxed and very beautiful retreat setting in the nature. This retreat is dedicated to women of all ages who wish to nourish themselves thanks to Yoga and Ayurveda.

22 Jun 2016

Ten years with birthlight

Ten years ago I set up my own Birthlight Baby Yoga class, following the birth of my first child. This year I celebrate the 10th Birthday of my business.

06 Jun 2016

Birthlight special swimmers

Louis Rolfe was a little boy with Cerebral Palsy and now is a young man that has became world champion in Para-cycling

06 Jun 2016

The School of Babywearing

The School of Babywearing offers accredited qualifications in Babywearing. Birthlight teachers are able to receive a discount on their courses.

05 Jun 2016

My birthlight journey - Luz Dary

My Birthlight journey started after my second pregnancy, when I felt that the support and guidance into motherhood were somewhat lacking.

04 Jun 2016

Light in Water: first international conference on the primal continuum in water

This conference is a celebration of ‘nurture’ in water and its wondrous evolutionary potential at this point in time.

26 May 2016

Communication, not conditioning, best promotes infants’ water safety

Water safety is best based on communication, not on conditioning. We would not have it any other way.

15 May 2016

First Birthlight on Tour training course a great success!

Our first Birthlight On Tour Yoga for Motherhood Teacher Training in Berlin was a success!

02 May 2016

My trip to Moscow - Perinatal Yoga Training

What a wonderful group of women I had the pleasure of teaching. Some of the women stayed for the second part of the training when others also joined us. Each and every woman put their whole self into the experience – body, mind, heart and soul.

01 May 2016

Birthlight nurture and infant massage oils

We review current research and guidelines on the use of oils during baby massage.

29 Apr 2016

A tribute to retiring birthlight tutor Liz Doherty

A huge thank you, dear Liz, for all the different ways in which you have contributed to and enriched Birthlight as a collective.

27 Apr 2016

Rebozo practices – a new Birthlight handbook

This very practical handbook is full of creative ideas on how to use these colourful shawls to support and nurture women before, during and after birth

20 Apr 2016

Better births - 2016 Maternity review

Françoise writes about the impact of the recent Maternity Review coordinated by Baroness Cumberlege in England.

28 Mar 2016

A tutor's delight

Being part of the process involved in birthlight Baby swimming teacher training is a privilege. I have the opportunity to meet so many interesting and gifted people.

22 Mar 2016

effraspace

For many years we at Pinter & Martin have been dreaming about having a physical space where we could show off our books, but just a bookshop didn’t seem right.

21 Mar 2016

The Secrets of Birth

I came across the word ‘doula’ in a Sunday magazine in 2002 and was amazed that there were woman out there providing this much needed emotional and practical support. I know that what I had wanted was someone to tell me that I was a good mum and that I was doing well.

21 Mar 2016

Aqua yoga in Ireland

Bringing aqua yoga to Northern Ireland where yoga is not mainstream and still some treat with scepticism, has been a challenge to say the least. I do feel a bit of a pioneer on the Emerald Isle.

16 Feb 2016

Two sides of the same coin

Last Wednesday I visited Shire Hall in Cambridge to register the death of my ancient father. He passed away gracefully at the age of almost 102. When I came out of the registrars office, a couple were waiting in the waiting room, smiling.

14 Feb 2016

Petition for PAS 520 successful outcome

BSI (British Standards for Industry group) have agreed to reconvene the steering group for PAS 520 in order to review the list of amendments provided by the Swimming Teachers Association (STA).

06 Feb 2016

My amazing birth journey

On the third of January after an amazing birth journey in the back garden yoga studio at home our daughter Rosie emerged, spiraling from my body and into my hands.

26 Jan 2016

Reflections after a quarter century of teaching perinatal yoga

Retirement approaches and it seems an appropriate moment to reflect on over 25 years of teaching perinatal yoga.

24 Jan 2016

Birthlight on tour

We are offering several aspects of the Birthlight trainings in one exciting new intensive course. Our new 5 day course moves through the journey of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal year with specially designed moves for new mums and babies.

23 Jan 2016

Birthlight Christmas message 2015

To all members and friends of Birthlight, to those who have attended trainings, classes and events over the last year as well as those who will take part in planned 2016 activities, our joint greetings, with tidings of merry festivities and wishes for lasting peace and joy in the New Year.

21 Dec 2015

JUNO Winter issue interview with Francoise

The Winter issue of JUNO features an interview with Birthlight’s Francoise Freedman.

20 Dec 2015

Birthlight arrives in Kiev!

Birthlight is delighted to announce that its first course has just run in Kiev, Ukraine. Twelve wonderful women attended for a double Perinatal Yoga Part 1 and Part 2 in mid November.

19 Dec 2015

The positive birth movement

The Positive Birth Movement started as a tiny seed of an idea: what if I invited women round to my house to sit by the fire, eat cake, and talk about childbirth?

18 Nov 2015

Judy Kou - my journey

Who would have thought that I would come this far and become this inspired by Birthlight?! When I first contacted Birthlight in 2006, it was just a mother’s desperate wish to find a suitable swimming program that could hopefully help my son’s asthma.

17 Nov 2015

The Wonders of Yoga: How it helped me in pregnancy and postnatal recovery

Before long I made a significant improvement. The exercises taught me a discipline I had not known before.

17 Nov 2015

Baby Yogi ~ Toddler Yogi

I wanted to produce a range of clothing that reflected my teaching methods and that felt as wonderful as the positive energy that went into birthing the babies who would wear them.

15 Nov 2015

Baby swimming with birthlight

Birthlight has had such a positive impact on my baby lessons and also in the other ages of swimming I teach.

14 Nov 2015

What your baby sees in you - the look of love

Many people seem surprised to find how aware newborn babies can be. A healthy newborn can look as if he or she sees right into you.

16 Oct 2015

Back to the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities: the importance of movement in labour

Just before three years of midwifery training drew to a close, a small group of students were fortunate enough to partake in ‘Micromoves for the Intrapartum’.

15 Oct 2015

Poem on breastfeeding by Christina Moutsou

An alphabet acrostic poem

15 Oct 2015

Birthlight tutors meeting 2015

Every year the Birthlight tutors gather to discuss our courses, to explore new ideas and to have some fun together. This year we met in Cambridge following the very successful Birthlight conference.

14 Oct 2015

Birthlight Infant Aquatics and Aquanatal yoga in Japan

It was such a joy, to be able to join with existing birthlight teachers from Taiwan and new teachers from Japan, in the first Baby swimming and Aquanatal yoga course in Karuizawa, Japan.

13 Oct 2015

Birthlight Womb to World Conference 2015 review

The conference was an inspirational day with a rich range of perspectives on the ways in which maternity is represented.

24 Sep 2015

Unforgettable turning point

My time spent with the women of Birthlight this summer, was an unforgettable turning point in my own walk as a woman.

22 Sep 2015

A priceless treasure to women!

What wonderful, amazing female yoga exercises we learned that week. It felt like coming home in my female body again. My body recognised long forgotten worlds of female wisdom coming from the Amazon, handed over by Francoise Freedman.

17 Sep 2015

Why mama and baby yoga? my experience

Baba yoga is awesome – Rio and I eased our way into yoga via baby massage. Our weekly class was a special time set-aside just for the two of us, away from daily chores of being a new mama.

16 Sep 2015

Carrying your baby in a sling

Humans are primates. Primates carry their young with them at all times - they do not leave them in a nest or a burrow. In fact, British anthropologist Timothy Taylor explains that slings were invented over 2 million years ago.

15 Sep 2015

Yoga Garden Party - The Hope Foundation

It was a pleasure to be involved in this year’s Yoga Garden Party, a major fund raising event pioneered by Simon Low, the founder of Yoga Academy, in support of The Hope Foundation.

12 Aug 2015

Therapeutic swimming with children

Six months ago I decided to implement a soft approach and Birthlight techniques in therapeutic swimming for children with cerebral palsy. This category of children needs swimming more then others, because water blocks pain that can occur while a child makes passive and active exercises.

11 Aug 2015

Birthlight tutors in Donegal

Recently Liz who is based in Northern Ireland invited several tutors to gather together to share techniques and ideas on our new Nurturing baby massage course.

31 Jul 2015

Empowering birthlight yoga

I feel I want to shout from the rooftops about my experience so that other women can feel equally empowered in pregnancy, childbirth and as a new mother.

30 Jul 2015

My Birthlight experiences

Almost 10 years ago now, as I was happily expecting our first child, I remember excitedly asking my amazing community midwife if there were any active birth classes in our area. I had read about these in a baby magazine and understood it was a good thing to do to help the birth go smoothly.

29 Jul 2015

Eight ways that Birthlight yoga helps pregnancy and childbirth

As my daughter Maya bubbles and fizzes with energy towards her first birthday, my mind recounts with awe her journey into the world.

27 Jul 2015

Farewell to Taipei

It was with a very heavy heart I said my farewell for the last time to Taipei, and the wonderful Birthlight team who give of themselves so freely to Birthlight tutors who have the privilege to work there.

24 Jul 2015

Dr Amali Lokugamage receives 2015 EMEA award

Obstetrician and Birthlight trustee Amali Lokugamage received one of the 2015 Excellence in Medical Education Awards (EMEA)

17 Jun 2015

Teaching secular yoga to children in state sector primary schools

Sixteen years ago Francoise Freedman inspired me to try and help change the world for the better, one child at a time.

12 Jun 2015

Birthlight nurturing baby massage accredited with RCM

An awesome spiral of joy has recently engulfed the tutors and staff involved with Birthlight Nurturing Baby Massage training, as we received confirmation, the training has been accredited by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

12 Jun 2015

The Women’s Wellness School

I have been interested in women’s health, pregnancy, mother’s and babies as well as fertility stemming directly from my own needs and curiosity.

11 Jun 2015

The farm experience

Taking time off for training is always a life transformational experience. And when you train in something you are passionate about, it’s even better.

10 Jun 2015

Juno magazine offer and competition

JUNO is a natural parenting magazine that inspires and supports families through its range of features, columns and artwork. Subscription offer and competition.

10 Jun 2015

Dads massage - Expanding spirals of joy

We all know how wonderful it is to share in the journeys of new parents as they attend our classes. To watch them arrive in week one, nervous, unsure of what the class entails, sometimes still unsure of their parenting, of this new development phase their baby is going through, excited, tired, learning.

10 Jun 2015

The joys of teaching both Birthlight swimming and yoga classes

The swimming and yoga classes are so different but so similar. There are many aspects the same - the holds, the moves, the bonding, the nurturing, the eye contact, even the songs.

09 Jun 2015

Disturbing video on facebook is not 'baby yoga'

This is an unacceptable stretching of the term ‘Baby Yoga’ and no one associated with Birthlight can endorse this justification by Facebook. It is time to protest on behalf of the babies out there.

05 Jun 2015

A tribute to Diana Lomas

It is with great sadness but also with fond gratitude that I recollect my memories of Diana Lomas who passed away in her sleep last Thursday in Cambridge.

01 Jun 2015

My Birthlight Journey – Wendy Langshaw

My Birthlight Journey began in 2000 when I started Bellies, backs & babies which is a Physiotherapy practice focused on supporting Mums and Mums to be in Adelaide, Australia.

18 May 2015

Birthlight classes in Sydney Australia

I was first inspired to teach prenatal yoga after the beautiful home births of my 2 daughters in the UK.

15 May 2015

Birthight Aqua Yoga CPD Review

It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with a group of talented, like-minded women on the Birthlight Aqua Yoga CPD at Swimworks last month.

15 May 2015

A tribute to Andrea Robertson

Andrea was a passionate advocate for natural birth and midwifery. She was involved in many campaigns for the improvement of maternity services in Australia and initiated educational services for health professionals and pregnant women.

14 May 2015

Birthlight yoga for maternity training in Sydney

An enthusiastic group of midwives were welcomed by tutors Julia Gibson and Helen Macnair, some of whom had flown in from South Australia, Victoria and Northern New South Wales especially for the course.

11 May 2015

Babywearing and how it links to yoga

As Birthlight teachers and School of Babywearing tutors, Victoria Ward and Fiona Ashman are convinced of the links between yoga and babywearing.

11 May 2015

Birthlight and building communities

One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching Birthlight classes is seeing friendships between parents and babies form and blossom. I see groups of mums and little one’s in the park and families connecting as they enjoy swimming together.

11 May 2015

Nurturing baby massage

This is a training Birthlight offers to those who are interested in supporting postnatal parents and their newborn infants.

21 Apr 2015

2nd Austrian Baby Swimming conference

It was with great delight that Birthlight accepted the invitation from the Chairwoman of ABA Marion Falzeder to present at the 2nd Austrian baby swimming conference.

20 Apr 2015

Yoga with young children

I am often asked how we can return to our yoga practice whilst looking after small children.

19 Apr 2015

The postnatal year

It is heartening to read a shared Birthlight perspective on the NHS website ‘It took nine months to make a baby and it could take at least that long to get back into shape again.’

18 Apr 2015

The importance and value of CPD

CPDs are an opportunity to update our practical and theoretical knowledge in addition to being useful networking time.

17 Apr 2015

Thank you Michel Odent

Thank you Michel Odent for your concept of Primal Health and your research database

16 Apr 2015

The work of Bruce Lipton

Bruce Lipton our leading edge in understanding cellular memory and how it impacts development of baby in utero and in first 7 years of life

15 Apr 2015

A tribute to Sheila Kitzinger

The words that come to mind when paying a tribute to Sheila’s larger than life persona in the birth movement over more than half a century are flamboyant, formidable, intrepid, direct, passionate in her speaking.

13 Apr 2015

Aqualight handbooks

This mini-series of Aqualight Handbooks produced by birthlight give detailed descriptions with photographs showing how a birthing pool, tub or even shallow water in a public pool can be used during pregnancy, birth, postnatally and with a newborn.

14 Mar 2015

Birthlight card competition

We will be producing a series of new baby congratulation cards for birthlight teachers to give to new mum's in their classes. All proceeds on the cards will go to the charity arm of birthlight.

13 Mar 2015

Our quest as gentle teachers

I saw something the other day that made me think about a topic for discussion, something that has been bothering me for years but that I have been too timid to address for fear of offending or being controversial.

13 Mar 2015

Water courses and the birthlight tutors

One of the unique aspects of Birthlight is that we offer practices both on dry land and in the water. The classes are very different yet they share the gentle nurturing qualities of the Birthlight approach.

11 Mar 2015

Roar behind the silence

The Roar Behind the Silence provides information, inspiration and practical suggestions to support maternity care workers, policy makers, and maternity care funders across the world in their quest to deliver sensitive, compassionate and high quality maternity service

11 Mar 2015

Birthlight business pack

A birthlight key to success! We are thrilled to introduce you to our latest business tool to help you in setting up your teaching business. We have put all the elements you may need to promote your birthlight classes on your own USB key.

10 Mar 2015

Aquanatal yoga - the impact on my life

Evangelia Katsaiti shares her thoughts re how Aquanatal yoga has had an impact in her personal and professional life.

10 Mar 2015

The Birthlight seeds in Europe

Managing birthlight is not just about making sure that the courses are filling up, it also requires an economical and political awareness.

09 Mar 2015

My Birthlight story – Nicola Gibbons

"I'm here because some of my students are pregnant and they have asked me to start a pregnancy yoga class for them." That was my answer to fellow students on the first day of the Birthlight perinatal course I enrolled on in April 2014.

09 Mar 2015

Review of Ashtanga Yoga for Pregnancy DVD

This DVD is aimed at those women already with an established Ashtanga practice before becoming pregnant, to give them an insight into how to adapt their practice.

08 Mar 2015

Birthlight in France - a real ray of sunshine

Birthlight teacher Perrine Alliod shares some reflections and feedback from the recent birthlight training in France.

20 Feb 2015

Birthlight international water conference 2016

This third Birthlight international conference 'Light in water' will be held in Cambridge 22-23 September 2016

19 Feb 2015

Birthlight spirit in the house of angels

Our first perinatal yoga and baby yoga courses in Rennes, France with tutors Belinda Staplehurst and Marion O'Connor have been a great success.

19 Feb 2015

Birthlight flourishing in China

Through the support of amazing and dedicated courses organisers, Birthlight is starting to flourish in many parts of China.

18 Feb 2015

Explore all aspects of the birthlight trainings

I love to encourage others to explore all aspects of the birthlight trainings. Birthlight is for 'the greater enjoyment of pregnancy, birth and babies' and we can encourage and support this in so many ways.

17 Feb 2015

Dr Amali Lokugamage - Respectful maternity care

Dr Amali Lokugamage FRCOG, Birthlight Trustee, was invited to talk at the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2014, Hyderabad, India in March 2014.

15 Feb 2015

Veronika Karacova - sharing my birth story

Sharing the birth story of Veronika Karacova who got in touch with her perinatal yoga tutor Rosanna Kalliabetsos to share the magical story of her baby's birth!

11 Feb 2015

Becoming Mother Yoga & Mindfulness DVD with Nadia Raafat

Birthlight teacher Nadia Raafat shares with you her Becoming Mother DVD - a five class programme of yoga and mindfulness for pregnancy and birth.

02 Feb 2015

Wonderful birthlight baby swimming

I have watched my little girl develop from a tiny baby who could not hold her head up and was very slippery in the water to a toddler who is not phased by going under the water.

16 Jan 2015

How we include babies with special needs into our baby yoga classes

Course which will give teachers some tools to help work with these special babies and their parents/carers. In this one day session we will discuss babies with Downs’ Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Reflux.

15 Jan 2015

Birthlight Womb to World Conference 2015

Maternal images and maternal representations before, during and after birth. Saturday 19 September 2015, Cambridge

15 Jan 2015

Water Birth: Stories to inspire and inform

Ever wondered what it's like to give birth in water? In this inspirational collection of stories, edited and introduced by Milli Hill, the reasons more and more women are choosing water birth become clear.

14 Jan 2015

Taking a Slower Pace; exploring postnatal depression

In our culture a sign of ‘normality’ is often described as moving soon after birth. One need only look at the glossy magazines to witness this month’s newest celebrity mum who has shed her baby weight mere weeks after giving birth.

13 Jan 2015

Christmas message from Françoise Freedman

As the winter solstice and Christmas draw near, my thoughts go to Birthlight members and friends all over the world. Once again I have travelled back to the source of Birthlight in the Peruvian Upper Amazon.

20 Dec 2014

Baby Yoga song book and CD reviewed

The Birthlight baby yoga song book and CD were reviewed in the Winter 2014 issue of Juno magazine.

02 Dec 2014

Birthlight supports local community project Embrace

Birthlight is very happy to support the local community project 'Embrace' extend their provision of baby yoga to include toddler yoga

27 Nov 2014

Perinatal yoga in Greece - our experience

Obstetrician Ourania-Karolina Koliopoulou and yoga teacher Nancy Stabelou share how birthlight perinatal yoga training has benefited their work with pregnant women and the outcomes of their pregnancies.

26 Nov 2014

Birthlight’s outreach to the Shiphrah birthing home in Manila

Last month I took Birthlight courses to the Philippines for the second time, through our partnership with Maricar and Lasse Holopainen, the founders of the exemplary Urban Ashram Manila Yoga Studios and Training School.

23 Oct 2014

We went Czech!

It was with great pleasure that we attended the Infant Aquatic conference held in Třinec, in the Far Eastern corner of the Czech Republic, between the 3-5th October 2014, as Birthlight representatives and conference lecturer.

07 Oct 2014

Birthlight Aquanatal Level 1 and 2 Courses now accredited with RCM

Birthlight is very pleased to announce that our Aquanatal Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now accredited with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

25 Sep 2014

Dr Amali Lokugamage shortlisted for a NHS London Leadership Award

Dr Amali Lokugamage, Birthlight Trustee, has been shortlisted for a NHS London Leadership Award under the “inclusivity” category for her work in humanising birth.

20 Sep 2014

Birthlight Womb to World Conference 2014 Review

Birthlight's 'Womb to World' conference 2014 was a great success and we'd like to thank the wonderful, inspirational speakers and attendees. Conference review and feedback.

18 Sep 2014

Infant Aquatics: Birthlight new DVD filmed in Moscow August 2014

Our long standing idea of filming our new DVD in Moscow took a concrete form last August with the opportunity to work with the skillful and dedicated production wife-husband team of Olga and Victor.

16 Sep 2014

Birthlight in Ebbio Tuscany

Once again Birthlight was invited to teach at the Rainbow Kids Yoga training in Ebbio, Italy this summer. It’s been a very successful collaboration and we look forward to working together again in the future

01 Sep 2014

Birthlight: Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond DVD

New DVD programme which focuses on the unique techniques of adapted yoga, moving postures, micro movements, breathing awareness, spinal alignment and flowing movement to help women experience the best pregnancy possible

13 Aug 2014

Birthlight Family Aqua Yoga

Perrine Alliod, a Birthlight Aqua Yoga, Fertility Yoga and Postnatal Yoga teacher, very kindly gave permission for us to show these gorgeous images of herself and her children to show that Aqua Yoga is also fun for kids and families.

01 Aug 2014

Birthlight Japan – Team Update

Birthlight Japan is forging forward in preparation for the arrival of Birthlight trainings in the Land of the Rising Sun. Please join me in offering a big, warm-hearted Birthlight welcome to our newest and highly valued members of the team - Hiroe and Katsu.

30 Jul 2014

Prague 2014: 30th ICM Triennial Congress

On Sunday 1st June, Wendy Gadsden and I flew to Prague for the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives.

14 Jun 2014

A personal tribute to Margaret Adey, 1954-2014

Margaret Adey, co-founder of Birthlight and Chair of our Board of Trustees for fifteen years, died last Sunday. Most current Birthlight members have probably noticed her name and signature on Diplomas but have not met her in person.

14 Jun 2014

Nurturing baby massage - tutors course

Liz Doherty had offered to do the Nurturing Baby Massage course for the tutors during last year’s Tutors meeting, and this materialised into a fun and informative weekend staying at Shawn’s farmhouse 7/8th June 2014.

11 Jun 2014

People and plants conference - June 2014

People and Plants Conference, 26 & 27 June - Cambridge UK. From local to vast intercontinental exchanges, flows of plants have always been accompanied by human transactions or translations on cultural, intellectual, political and economic levels.

22 May 2014

Birthlight Aqua Yoga in house trainings

Birthlight was chosen by the swimming company Turtle Tots to provide Aqua Yoga training to all their swimming teachers. The training of Turtle Tums has been a great success.

02 May 2014

Birthlight perinatal yoga now accreditated with Yoga Alliance UK

We are really pleased to announce that the Birthlight Perinatal Yoga Diploma course combined with the Birthlight Postnatal Yoga course has been accredited with the Yoga Alliance UK.

07 Apr 2014

Birthlight training in China’s High-Five Parent-Child Swimming & Yoga Club

I was privileged to be the latest guest tutor at High-Five Parent-Child Club in Taiyuan. David and Fay, together with the teachers, staff and member families welcomed me with open arms to their impressive centre.

01 Apr 2014

Remembering Sarah Gostick

Sarah Gostick was an amazing lady, as “Birthlight” as you could be without training up! All her children attended one Birthlight class or another, from Wizzy, through Angus and Gemma, right down to Sally-Ann.

28 Mar 2014

Pranayama Special Session - London

Yoga, Asana, Pranayama & Meditation. 3 Day Workshop London Retreat 11-13 April 2014. This workshop retreat combines daily guided asana pranayama and meditation, with inspiring talks and discussions.

14 Mar 2014

Baby swimming with Shawn in Norfolk - February 2014

This February saw birthlight running another baby swimming part 1 and 2, with participants joining us from the UK, USA, Ireland, Sothern Europe and South America. It delights me no end, to hear their stories, on what led them to birthlight.

05 Mar 2014

Aqua yoga congratulations - February 2014

Thank you so much Sally Lomas and Birthlight for the wonderful course in Aquanatal yoga. Kelly, Angie and myself had all completed our part 1 Pregnancy Aquayoga, and have all been enjoying helping our pregnant ladies to prepare for the birth of their babies, both emotionally and physically.

28 Feb 2014

My tribute to 'a decade (plus)' of Birthlight

I first joined Birthlight in 2002, when I ventured to Riddlesworth Hall to train as a baby yoga teacher. I had been involved with infant massage in N. Ireland for almost 6 years prior to making the decision to offer parents and babies, who attended my classes, something “new”.

20 Jan 2014

Birthlight Womb to World conference 2013 video

Birthlight Womb to World Conference 2013 Video is now available from the birthlight online shop. Double DVD filmed at the Birthlight conference held at Adenbrookes, Cambridge, 14th September, 2013.

28 Nov 2013

Birthlight in Moscow - review of 2013

We are proud to announce the results of Birthlight trainings 2013 at Brightfamily/Birthlight centre, located in the heart of Moscow, at Staromonetny pereulok, near the Red Square. It was really a very productive year, taking into account the fact that we made a goal long in advance

26 Nov 2013

An orphanage experience - water therapy in China

Francoise asked me to share about my experience of going to my daughter, Amy-Li's, orphanage to introduce the concept of using water as therapy.

25 Nov 2013

Birthlight Conference 2013 - Wendy Gadsden

Midwife Wendy Gadsden shares her experiences of using Birthlight yoga in NHS practice and makes a case for a move away from cascades of intervention in pregnancy and birth

09 Nov 2013

Step-by-step yoga - Francoise's new book

This book features specially developed poses and exercises for all stages of pre-natal pregnancy and post-birth motherhood. Breathing techniques and relaxation sequences help you to nurture yourself and your growing baby, from conception to birth, and beyond. It includes exercises to help mothers recover from difficult or complex births, and special routines are given for both bottle and breast feeding. Postures gently help you develop or regain physical strength, tone muscles, relax, and bond

25 Oct 2013

Birthlight Conference 2013 report

What a treat to be able to attend this wonderful conference! I went away inspired, informed and with a buzzing excitement to share the knowledge I gained from the wise speakers at this year’s event.

26 Sep 2013

Birthlight in Greece - report Sally Lomas

I was recently teaching in Athens and was delighted to discover a vibrant and growing Birthlight community. We have offered courses in Greece for a few years and many have been drawn to our teachings

20 Sep 2013

First yoga for maternity health professionals course in Russia

Birthlight's ran it's first 'Yoga for Maternity Health Professionals' in Russia on 7-9 September in Moscow. Tutored by Wendy Gadsden, the course was a great success.

12 Sep 2013

China report - Amanda Gawthrope

I have had a request to share my experience in China so here is a little snippet from my visit...

17 Aug 2013

A birth story - Julia East

Naveen attended the Trumpington pregnancy yoga classes during her second pregnancy. She asked me about supporting her and her husband during the birth as a doula and I was delighted to accept. It was all rather ‘last minute’ and on the day I met her husband Jono she was already having signs of early labour.

23 Jul 2013

Having babies later in life

When I interviewed Françoise Freedman for my book on later pregnancy and motherhood (Right Time Baby - The Complete Guide to Later Motherhood, Hay House 2011) I was 41 and the proud mum of a beautiful two year-old son.

22 Jul 2013

Birthlight speaking at ICM Conference 2014

Once a pregnancy has been confirmed a woman wants to feel that she is looking after herself and her child safely, and Birthlight pregnancy yoga provides safe teaching.

19 Jul 2013

Birthlight training in Russia - June13

I am on my journey home following my third visit to Moscow. I was tutoring in baby yoga 1, baby yoga 2 and SMART yoga. Initially the thought of eight consecutive days was daunting. Thankfully I was familiar with the venue and was used to working with Anastasia, who translates for many of us when we work with Bright Family Moscow.

24 Jun 2013

Birthlight baby meets the Queen

Charlotte happened to be born at the Rosie Birth Centre on the day the Queen attended for the official opening. We were lucky enough to be the family selected to meet her.

21 Jun 2013

Baby / pre-school swimming - a super activity

Parents have so much choice when it comes to activities and socialising with their baby, from massage, yoga, music, signing and sensory development classes, to name but a few.

17 Jun 2013

Yoga is better for the brain than exercise, say scientists

Researchers report that twenty minutes of yoga can boost brain activity more than conventional aerobic exercise such as jogging.

10 Jun 2013

Постнатальная йога Бёртлайт - Франсуаза Фридман

статья из журнала Yoga& Health , октябрь 2012 За последние 10 лет постнатальная Йога была признана в качестве продолжения пренатальной Йоги.

01 Jun 2013

Бейби Йога Birthlight

Франсуаза Фридмен входит в пятерку экспертов по раннему развитию. Новый проект и много полезной информации

01 Jun 2013

Birthlight Womb to World day conference

This day packed full with relevant and applicable knowledge will be invaluable to Birthlight teachers as well as to doulas and midwives. Main speaker: Dr Sarah Buckley, 14 September 2013, Venue: Addenbrookes, Cambridge

23 May 2013

Birthlight yoga diploma for maternity professionals. Australasia 2013

April 2013 was an exciting month for Birthlight in the Antipodes. The Diploma was offered for the fifth year in New Zealand accredited 15 Elective Educational points by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

16 May 2013

Innovative 'Circle Time Yoga' programme

As a childcare provider I am a member of the Early Childhood Ireland association and last month we at NCR Childcare won the 2013 Innovation Award in Programme Design for the introduction of 'Circle Time Yoga'.

12 May 2013

Shawn Tomlinson returns to tutoring

This Spring has seen our youngest finally fully attached to us, fully integrated into our family DNA and relaxed enough to allow me to return to one of my greatest passions, which is tutoring Aquatic courses for Birthlight.

03 May 2013

Cambridge model of Birthlight collaboration

Over the years the Birthlight community here has grown, some babies we knew are in their teens! As new teachers qualified and some experienced teachers moved to Cambridge there was a possibility that maybe there were too many of us, would we all be able to teach?

20 Apr 2013

My baby swimming journey - Francoise Freedman

My baby-swimming journey (interwoven with all the Birthlight Aquatic tutors and teachers as well as with my children and many dear parents and babies).

19 Apr 2013

My birthlight journey

Birthlight has been a leading force in my philosophy on birthing and parenting. I started off as a labour and delivery nurse in Canada soon after graduation from nursing school and assisted mothers in their birth experience in Canada, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and the USA.

16 Apr 2013

Improving pregnancy and wellbeing beyond childbirth

How can yoga help to improve not only the quality of pregnancies but also the wellbeing of women beyond childbirth? This is the challenge Birthlight took on from the time of its foundation in the 1980s in Cambridge, as pregnant women who had prepared for birth with yoga completed their ‘fourth trimester’.

22 Mar 2013

Birthlight training in Hong Kong

I have just returned from a wonderful week in Hong Kong teaching 3 Birthlight trainings. Jenny Smith the founder of Gecko Yoga hosted the courses at the White Lotus Centre in the heart of the city.

05 Feb 2013

Birthlight training in China

Early January Amanda and I were privileged to be invited by Jeannette Zhang and Gracie Qian to mainland China to deliver a week of Birthight training for their brand new Beijing Eureka Kids Ltd.

04 Feb 2013

Birthlight yoga for maternity professionals course receives MidPLUS endorsement from ACM

The Birthlight Yoga for Maternity Professionals course has just been awarded 18 MidPLUS points from the Australian College of Midwives Professional Development Committee.

04 Feb 2013

Birthlight's new patron - Professor Lesley Page

Birthlight are delighted to announce Professor Lesley Page’s acceptance to be a Patron of Birthlight, not with her President of the Royal College of Midwives’ hat on but as an admired and respected friend and beacon of personalized continuity in maternity care.

17 Dec 2012

Baby Yoga – WHY?

Baby yoga has brought me new friends, it has connected me and my children in ways that has brought empathy, patience, love and understanding.

11 Dec 2012

I'm a Baby Yogi clothing

Birthlight teacher Maxine Cohen has launched a series Baby Yogi products with a cute baby yoga inspired design with slogans and made from organic cotton.

11 Dec 2012

Tammi-lee's 'outstanding' baby yoga class

Tammi-lee Fazldeen's baby yoga class held at a children's centre has recently been given high praise by the OFSTED inspector (contributed towards 'Outstanding' in Health category)

25 Nov 2012

Birthlight tutors meeting Nov 2012

Sending a big 'Hi' from Birthlight at a recent tutors meeting.

23 Nov 2012

Birthlight in France

We're really pleased to confirm that Stéphanie Launay will be hosting two birthlight courses at her yoga centre La Maison des Anges in Rennes, France.

20 Nov 2012

Birthlight membership benefits

Birthlight membership brings a whole host of benefits and special offers

16 Nov 2012

New Baby Yoga Level 3 course

We're really pleased to offer a new Level 3 course in Baby Yoga. The first course, which will be run by Francoise Freedman, is on Sunday 9 December at The Synchronicity Studios in Clapham, London. It has an exciting programme to offer to deepen baby yoga knowledge.

19 Oct 2012

birthlight at The Yoga Show

Birthlight will be at the London YOGA Show 2012, stand B14, 26/27/28 October. London, Olympia. If you're attending please drop by and say Hello.

20 Sep 2012

Birthlight yoga for maternity professionals update

Birthlight tutor Wendy Gadsden provides an update on the Birthlight Yoga for Professionals course in the UK and New Zealand.

18 Sep 2012

Bangkok Kids Thailand

Report from Amanda Gawthrope on her recent trip to Thailand to teach a birthlight SMART Toddler Swimming course at Bangkok Kids

22 Aug 2012

Welcome to the new website!

'Find a teacher' and 'find a class' are greatly improved. Please take the opportunity to review your teacher profile and any classes listed to ensure that anyone looking for classes finds your current contact and class information.

26 Jun 2012

Light on Parenting Conference Review

I have spent the past few days assimilating the information and wisdom that was presented by the most inspiring team of speakers, at the ‘Light on Parenting’ Conference organised by Birthlight this weekend in collaboration with Magdalena Jenkins.

20 May 2012

Birthlight yoga for maternity professionals - NZ midwifery update

We're really pleased to let you know that the Birthlight Yoga for Maternity Professionals course has been allocated 15 elective educational points from the New Zealand Midwifery Council.

05 Mar 2012

Controversial swinging baby classes - this is not baby yoga!

Many of you may have seen and been rightly horrified by the recent youtube video showing Lena Fokina swinging screaming babies by their legs. This is NOT Baby Yoga!

28 Feb 2012

Reflections from a birthlight baby yoga teacher

After discovering Francoise's pregnancy yoga book during my first pregnancy I became interested in the Birthlight approach. I practiced baby yoga with my daughter from a few weeks old, and decided to train

25 Jan 2012

Light on Parenting Conference - Sat 5 - Sun 6 May 2012, London

'Light on Parenting: from conception to the early years' is this year's Birthlight conference. It is a truly unique conference aimed at parents and those who are passionate about their work with parents, children, and around pregnancy and birth.

07 Jan 2012

The healing power of baby yoga

Birthlight Baby Yoga teacher Rumi Shanti shares the story of how she helped Japanese Tsunami victims with baby yoga.

13 Dec 2011

Julia de Lucchi on WABC 2011 Conference in Florida

Julia de Lucchi, Birthlight Infant Aquatics tutor, shares some of her learning form the WABC Conference in Florida...

24 Oct 2011

All party parliamentary committee on maternity

On 11th July I made my way to London to represent Birthlight at the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Maternity (APPGM) at the House of Commons, with my invitation card in hand.

29 Jul 2011

Chris Johnston bike ride for Meningitis Trust

In November 2004 my grandson Theo was four months old. He was a happy, healthy child with a bright future. All that changed over the course of a weekend when he was diagnosed with Meningitis.

23 Jul 2011

Mandy Adams - Love Baby Yoga

Mandy Adams, a Birthlight qualified Baby Yoga and Perinatal Yoga teacher and owner of Love Baby Yoga, shares her plans to establish a centre in Cornwall 'The Family Tree'

23 Jul 2011

Aqua yoga: aquatic connection

As far as I can remember, water was where I felt happiest, carefree and connected to life in the most cosmic way. My very first Aqua Yoga move was rolling from beaches, along the Loire river and on the Atlantic coast in France, into shallow water long before I could swim.

29 Jun 2011

Letter to Francoise about WellWoman yoga

I love the energy of a Birthlight get together and the sense of belonging to a tribe. When I go to a Birthlight conference I am surrounded by women who radiate nurture and I feel compassionate towards my younger self.

28 Jun 2011

Yoga for mother and baby book

Yoga for Mother and Baby. This is a happy, easy and practical book that offers interactive moves for mothers (fathers too) and babies from birth to the third year.

01 Oct 2010

Giving my daughter the best fighting chance

How Baby Yoga is more than ‘just a fad’ it’s life changing for a Hampshire family.

11 May 2010

Tutor training for the Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School

During October, STA delivered the first standardisation tutor training for the Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School. A select group of tutors from STA and Birthlight were taken through course content, resources and delivery expectations to ensure all the required content is covered to the necessary standard.

Birthlight has had such a positive impact on my baby lessons and also in the other ages of swimming I teach

Step-by-Step Yoga for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Françoise Barbira Freedman and Doriel Hall's new, re-edited book 'Step-by-Step Yoga for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond: strengthening sequences for each stage of pregnancy and early motherhood, to help tone, align and relax your body, with more than 550 photographs' is published on 31 October 2013.


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