Book launch events November

Experience massage, shiatsu, belly dancing, discussion on birth preparation, book signing, food, raffle

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Essential information

Saturday 11th November Bristol, 16h00 to 21h30,

Seminar Room, Cossham Birth Centre (BS15 1LF)

You can attend parts or all of the event

Massage and shiatsu for Birth preparation workshop (open to pregnant women with or without partners and birth professionals)  16h00 to 18h00: £10 per person

Book launch and signing 18h15: free

Belly dancing, food, celebration 19h00; £10 per person

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(There is also a launch event at Pinter and Martin’s space: EffraSpace on Thursday 9th November at 6pm: a birth preparation workshop open to all, parents, midwives and others working with birth support: that is booked directly with Pinter and Martin)

What’s on 

  • Experience relaxing and releasing massage and shiatsu which benefits everyone as well as being excellent for birth preparation, with Suzanne Yates (16h00)
  • Learn: book signing and talk with Suzanne Yates and Claire Nutt ( 18h15)
  • Enjoy learning some belly dancing: movements are helpful for birth and for fun! with Saaeda  (19h00)
  • Share and discuss and continue dancing accompanied by lovely vegetarian food provided by Coffee Bean (19h45)
  • Raffle with prizes such as massage and shiatsu sessions and well being products
  • If you can’t come but would like to support low cost massage for pregnant women: would you consider donating a prize for our raffle? Or making a donation directly to the charity?

Beautiful Birth

To celebrate the reprinting of my book for birth preparation for parents, “Beautiful Birth” (for more information about the book see the blog post) by Pinter and Martin on 2nd November 2017, I have organised an event at Cossham Birth Centre in Bristol (in the Seminar Room, (Entrance at rear of building, opposite Renal unit) Lodge Rd, BS15 1LF) from 16h00 to 21h30 with Claire Nutt, midwife/ massage therapist and founder of the Birth and Wellbeing Fund, who has also written a foreword for the new edition.

There is a small charge as any profits are going to support the Birth and Wellbeing Fund (more information at the end of this post) which provides low cost/free massage, counselling and wellbeing care to women, partners & maternity staff, who otherwise couldn’t access these services.

You can choose to come to some or all of it.

Book now

To book your place use this link or donate a raffle prize (as soon as you can!) : contact

To make a donation directly to the Birth and Wellbeing Fund contact: or  email is

Workshops and talks: more information

Experience birth preparation workshop

16h00 to 18h00, £10: you don’t have to be pregnant! What we learn is great for anyone.

I love presenting the material of Beautiful Birth in a practical way and often work with therapists, midwives, shiatsu practitioners and massage therapists.  They enjoy and benefit from the movement preparing to give the massage and shiatsu and from giving and receiving it.

Everyone is welcome. You can choose to come alone or with a partner.  If you come alone we will pair you up with someone!

You will learn:

  • Breathing and movements to support your body and prepare to give massage/shiatsu
  • Some shiatsu techniques to release tightness in the lower back and shoulders and some calming points in the hands and feet
  • Relaxation and visualisation

© Jules Selmes Beautiful Birth

Learn: book signing

18h15 to 19h00, free: get your copies of the book and talk to Suzanne and Claire.

Suzanne and Claire will present the material in the book and answer any questions.  Claire will talk about the Birth and Wellbeing Fund

© Jules Selmes

Belly dancing workshop, dance, food and raffle

£10: Since movement is so fundamental to supporting birth and wellbeing, and traditionally dancing was a core part of birth support, we thought it would be fun to invite Saeeda to lead us in some belly dancing. Afterwards there will be time to mingle and eat.

The Birth & Wellbeing Fund Registered charity number 1168526

The Birth & Wellbeing Partnership and Fund provides massage, counselling and wellbeing care to women, partners & maternity staff, supporting positive experiences of pregnancy, birth & new parenthood. ​

Claire Nutt and Nichola Gascoigne founded ‘The Birth & Wellbeing Fund’ as a small charity to enable heavily subsidised, low cost support to those who would otherwise not be able to afford these private services, or who have been referred by healthcare professionals, women-focused, perinatal charities and local agencies due to a recognised need for urgent support.

Whilst we are founded on massage and talking therapy promoting wellbeing and positive health, we can offer specialist support for women & partners who are experiencing mental health difficulties, bereavement, difficult diagnosis in pregnancy, parents of premature and unwell babies, those who have experienced birth trauma, pregnancy following stillbirth and those experiencing multiple miscarriage. We understand that every journey is unique, and approach our care-giving from a combined body mind perspective, incorporating psychological, physical and emotional wellbeing of women, their infants and their family.

Our charity commission statement;

The Birth & Wellbeing Fund’s charitable objectives:

The promotion of health and wellbeing for the public benefit in particular by providing funds and training towards physical and psychological support (including massage therapy, counselling and appropriate one to one therapies, group workshops and educational events) for women, their partners and maternity staff struggling with issues around pregnancy, birth and new parenthood who otherwise would not be financially able to access this support.

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