RycAquinoRyc Aquino

Ryc completed an MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology (Merit) at the University of Manchester, UK in December 2013. She is currently a Health Services Research PhD student at City University London, where she is studying the inter-professional relationship between midwives and health visitors in maternal and child health services.

Her primary interests lie in the field of applied health research, particularly improving physical and mental health outcomes for more vulnerable populations including women and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.  More

Presentation: An exploration of UK midwives’ perspectives of maternal health inequalities as experienced by minority ethnic women


Rebecca Feasey

Rebecca Feasey is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Communications at Bath Spa University. She has published a range of work on celebrity culture, contemporary Hollywood stardom and the representation of gender in popular media culture. She has written book length studies on masculinity and popular television (EUP, 2008) and motherhood on the small screen (Anthem, 2012) and is currently writing a research monograph on the ways in which women respond to representations of motherhood on television. More

Presentation: Mothers on Mothers: Maternal Readings of Popular Television



Françoise Barbira Freedman

The Founder and Director of Birthlight, Françoise Barbira Freedman is a medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, where she does research and teaches as an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology.

After spending long periods of fieldwork in Peruvian Amazonia, including two pregnancies and stays with her young family, she was inspired to share the gentle approach to parenting of her Amazonian hosts among friends in the UK. As a trained yoga teacher and therapist, Françoise used the idiom of yoga to create an original programmer of movements and nurturing relaxation for mothers to be and new mothers with their babies.  More

Presentation: What are ‘maternal representations’ ?


ChrisKnightChris Knight

Chris Knight gained his PhD in 1987 at the University of London for a thesis on Claude Lévi-Strauss’s four-volume Mythologiques. He became a lecturer in anthropology at the University of East London in 1989 and a professor at the same institution in 2000. He was suspended from office in 2009 for his radical activism related to the G20 Summit. He then founded the Radical Anthropology Group with his partner Camilla Power.

Knight is best known for his theory that human language, religion and culture emerged in the human species not simply by gradual Darwinian evolution but in a process culminating in revolutionary social change.  Knight published his first book, Blood Relations: Menstruation and the origins of culture in 1991.  More

Presentation: ‘Women’s biggest husband is the Moon’.  The sex-strike theory of human origins.

Mira Lal

Mira wanted to be a good doctor from the age of three years and has never looked back despite unusual God-given challenges in her life. She was awarded numerous prizes during her early education including the President’s Guide certificate and the United Nations certificate for schools. She is married to a Reconstructive surgeon who is the Regional Skin Cancer lead and has two sons. After a road traffic accident several years back, she was in coma for three days with 13 fractures but recovered in two years to continue full-time working; she passed her MRCOG and PhD examinations after this. She enjoys art and supports artists. She illustrated the anatomical diagrams (n=11) in her PhD thesis and had an oil-on-canvas painting displayed in an Art Exhibition at the RCOG. She is a multilinguist (European, Indian sub-continent) and was able to oversee translations of the biopsychosocial measure, in the overseas research feasibility study, which she carried out. More

Presentation: Transferring brilliance from Obstetrics to Mothering: Motherhood as a psychosomatic phenomenon

Heather-MortonHeather Mason

Heather Mason is the founder of The Minded Institute, an umbrella organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the efficacy of mind-body practices.  The Minded Institute fuses yoga therapy, mindfulness practice, psychotherapy, neuroscientific understanding, and medical knowledge to develop programs for clinical mental health populations and train professionals to use mind-body therapies in clinical practice.  The institute also conducts research on yoga therapy and offers a variety of events.  Heather Mason leads all training programs for professionals, sees private clients, co-creates many of the programs for clinical groups, regularly lectures at conferences, and partners with various individuals and organizations that believe in the power of mind-body practice.  More

Presentation: Benefits of yoga for prenatal depression in relation to physiological mechanisms

Christina-MoutsouChristina Moutsou

Dr Christina Moutsou holds a first degree in History from Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a Master’s in Social anthropology from the L.S.E. and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis was on the experience of living in the diaspora and the construction of cosmopolitan identities in Brussels, Belgium, particularly in relation to the construction of Greek and Turkish identities. She was also interested in intersubjectivity and the phenomenology of the research process. Following my Ph.D. she published a number of papers out of my thesis in anthropological journals.

She went on to train as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Philadelphia Association in London.   More


Rosalind Mayo

Rosalind Mayo is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, trained at the Philadelphia Association, where she was until quite recently the Chair and Chair of Ethics. She teaches at the PA, and now practices in Norfolk.

Her academic background is Theology and Philosophy, from Kings- London (upper 2nd) and an Associate of Kings, in Medicine Law and Ethics. Post graduate research at Heythrop London, in Pastoral Theology and Psychology, specifically focused on feminist history and development of autonomy and selfhood in women (MTH- with Distinction).

Her working background has been in teaching and senior management on development with women, and women as managers, and specifically working in groups with women with long term mental health issues and chronic unemployment issues related to mental health, education and culture. She has run numerous self-development groups for women.  More

Presentation (Christina Moutsou & Rosalind Mayo): From Matricide to Maternal Subjectivity

Antonella Sansone

Antonella Sansone is a research and clinical/educational psychologist based in London, where a research project on the mother’s bodyself image and its impact on bonding brought her. From her 2 years longitudinal study on mother-baby interactions, she wrote her first book Mothers, Babies and their Body Language. She then received a Master in Infant Observational Studies, which further sharpened her observational skills. Her book Working with Parents and Infants. A Mind-Body Integration Approach is an extension of her MA dissertation. Antonella has maintained her private practice and prepared couples for healthy conception, pregnancy and beyond. Her motherhood experience inspired a new forthcoming book on the relationship between prenatal forms of vitality and communication and child development.   More

Presentation: Gems of African Wisdom: Before Conception throughout Pregnancy and Birth


SatyaSatya Shepherd

Satya was introduced to cranial work while studying in India, leading to her graduation from the Karuna Institute in 1999 where she is now a senior tutor. Since 2001 she has taught foundation and advanced Craniosacral courses, to which she brings creativity, movement and humour. She has extensive knowledge and experience through 25 years as a midwife and health educator. Satya has managed birthing units worldwide and set up village midwife trainings in Papua New Guinea, and Maori-led birth education and care in New Zealand. She is a certified Voice Dialogue Counselor and has training in Trauma Work and Body Mind Centering. She is also a qualified Yoga Teacher with 35 years of yoga and meditation experience. Satya runs a vibrant clinic on Dartmoor, Devon where she lives with her family.  More

Presentation: A cranio-sacral perspective on maternity


 DianeSDiane Speier

Dr Diane Speier was the founder and director of The Family Tree Center for Parents in New York, before immigrating to the UK. A certified childbirth educator and doula since 1978, as well as a perinatal fitness instructor for 20 years, Diane is also a perinatal psychologist, specializing in the psychology of parenthood, the psychophysiology of birth, postnatal depression and recovering from birth trauma. Diane created The Birth Empowerment Workshop®, a weekend intensive for pregnant couples that strengthens the couple relationship before birth and enriches the parenting experience. In collaboration with her daughter, Mariel Sands, they created the first postnatal app, called Digital Doula®, released in November 2013, loaded with information and resources for postnatal women and their partners. More

Presentation: Postnatal bodies: distorted representations, body images, and mothers’ real life experience


Hermione-WiltshireHermione Wiltshire

Hermione Wiltshire is an Artist and Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Art in the Photography Department.  Although originally trained in Sculpture, she positions her work between the object and the image – a physical presence in the world and an imaginary one residing the imagination.  She has produced sculpture, photographs, an animation and has exhibited extensively. She has lectured widely and is presently developing a series of theoretical seminars called the Physical Image’ with Susan Butler.  More

Presentation: The birth of the image