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Seminar audio recording

Massage and maternity care: Should bodywork (massage, shiatsu, reflexology and yoga) be available to pregnant women as part of their maternity care on the NHS?

Audio recording of seminar held on 4th March 2010 at the Royal Society of Medicine to mark the launch of “Pregnancy and childbirth: a holistic approach to massage and bodywork” by Suzanne Yates

Five speakers present their different perspectives on the use and benefits of massage, shiatsu and yoga during pregnancy and birth and the possibilities for integrating them into maternity care.


  • Suzanne Yates
  • Jonathan Brooks, formerly, Consultant Obstetrician in the NHS; the last 10 years in full time independent practice at the Portland Hospital, London
  • Catherine Tugnait: Well Mother trained Massage and Pregnancy therapist, NCT teacher, reflexologist, chair of her local MSLC (Maternity Services Liaison Committee, NHS) and case study contributor to “Pregnancy and Childbirth”
  • Karen Eichhorn: Well mother trained in Shiatsu Skills for Midwives, Karen works as a midwife and massage therapist at St John’s and St Elizabeth’s
  • Francoise Freedman, yoga teacher/trainer and childbirth educator, author and founder of Birthlight, author

MP3 audio file: need to get

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