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Pregnancy Massage Course: 4 day diploma accredited by BCMA

This page is for the Bristol and London pregnancy massage courses taught by Suzanne. For 2025 we are running a Retreat format at the EarthSpirit centre near Glastonbury May 1- 5th. You might also be interested in the  Glasgow pregnancy massage course with Lucy.

This course has been running since 1999 and was the first UK pregnancy massage course. Over this time Suzanne has continued to develop its content, writing her in-depth course text book, and now working with her daughter Rosa Lia. Over 4 days, you will learn how to work confidently with pregnant clients over all 3 trimesters, including higher risk. You then have 6 months to develop your knowledge through working with case studies.

Don't forget to look at the FAQ's at the end of the page!...

You may or may not be working with pregnant women, but you feel that you would like a deeper understanding of how to support women and their families during this exciting time. You may be unsure, or even slightly nervous, of how to work with certain aspects of pregnancy. This pregnancy massage course will give you the confidence to realise the potential of pregnancy massage which is about so much more than simply addressing physical complaints. You will also learn skills for supporting clients to prepare for birth.

You will:

Gain a solid foundation with which to support women and their families during this life changing time with specialised massage skills, along with positioning, postural exercises, breath and visualisations and self care.

Understand the body in a way which combines western with eastern approaches to enable you to offer holistic support not just for pregnant women and their families, but adding to your skill base for all clients.

Be able to work sensitively with women who may have had more challenging experiences such as miscarriage or issues conceiving or are experiencing higher risk pregnancies.

Learn more about your own connection to pregnancy, your time in the womb and birth, whether or not you have been pregnant.

Suzanne Yates is such a wonderfully inspiring teacher. She teaches with such confidence and clearly loves the work she does, which shows by the way she manages to have a whole room hanging on her every word. It was by far the best training in this field I have done and has helped me in my work as a birth professional so much!

Beccy Hands

Massage therapist and owner of Mother Box

Suzanne Yates massaging pregnant woman in side position on table

What you will learn

  • How to massage in the side, seated and all fours position on the table and floor and adapt to different clients’ needs. Working on a futon on the floor can be a welcome addition to your work.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of pregnancy and birth in an engaging and practical way
  • Shiatsu/acupressure points and connections relevant for maternity (you don't need any prior knowledge of shiatsu or acupressure before doing the course)
  • How to work with some concepts from the eastern model of the body as a garden, which supports the pregnant woman on all levels
  • How to work during all trimesters of pregnancy, birth and into the postnatal period
  • How to support common complaints of pregnancy
  • New massage techniques for the back and spine
  • How to work with the pregnant abdomen safely and creatively
  • Massage techniques for preparing for birth and for use during birth
  • How to include key postural exercises to reduce common complaints of pregnancy
  • How to support the mother’s connection with her baby and partner and be aware of the emotional changes as well as the physical, helping prepare her for birth and motherhood
  • How to tailor treatments to the individual needs of clients
  • To develop your own style, building on your current skills
  • How to work safely with higher risk clients
  • Breathing and visualisations
  • What is your role as a maternity therapist and your relationship with midwives and obstetricians
  • Creating a relevant pregnancy consultation form
Suzanne Yates using connecting techniques on pregnant woman on massage chair

A respected and rigorous pregnancy massage course

Running since 1999, this pregnancy massage course covers all you need to know to be able to work safely and effectively with pregnant women, low and higher risk, at all stages of pregnancy and preparing for birth.  During the pregnancy massage course you will work with a pregnant woman and after the course there is a 6 month period of consolidation through supervised case study and project work. This will enable you to integrate the new techniques with your current way of massaging, which may include reflexology, aromatherapy or Thai Massage. After receiving the Diploma you can feel confident that you have one of the most rigorous pregnancy massage course qualifications in the world. You will be able to say that you specialise in working with pregnant women and go on the Wellmother register.

This pregnancy massage course is accredited by the BCMA and gives you a firm foundation for maternity work. After attending this pregnancy massage course you can choose to attend birth, or postnatal courses either in person or on line. If you want a basic introduction to Pregnancy Massage you can just attend the first day of the pregnancy massage course.  Email us if you are interested in this option.

This was probably the best Google search I have ever made. The training has enabled me to run a busy and successful practice over the last 15 years in maternity therapies. Suzanne is a wonderful inspiration to me and her own work and her training of bodyworkers, has positively influenced so many lives on a global scale. She is a gift to womankind.

Catherine Tugnait

Massage therapist and NCT teacher


Available languages

  • English

Dates and location

  • London (North) Kailash Centre, NW8 7AA, 4 days - first day can be taken as an intro
    31/10/2024 - 03/11/2024


Suzanne Yates

Suzanne is the founder and principal teacher at Wellmother, established 1990

Rosa Lia

Rosa is a yoga teacher & massage therapist

Accrediting bodies

Entrance Requirements

  • Recognised qualification in Massage or Aromatherapy (which includes A&P Level 3) with (ideally) 100 hours post qualifying experience. If you do not have this number of clinic hours, contact us to discuss. We want to make sure you are confident with your current massage skills and ready to learn new ones.

  • Access to pregnant women for case studies

  • Up to date insurance

Supporting material

Pregnancy and Childbirth: a holistic approach to massage and bodywork

Suzanne Yates

order the book

More information


£565 early booking price (pay in full six weeks before course) Full price £595. Includes access to online course "Supporting Pregnancy with Massage and Shiatsu".

You can attend the first day as an introduction to the material. £90. Contact me directly to book this option.

For 2025 I am trialling a retreat option for this course at the EarthSpirit centre near Glastonbury, instead of the Bristol course.

Apply for London November 2024

working to support pregnant women is such a rewarding experience and draws on so many of your tools

Apply for London November 2024