WELL MOTHER Massage & Pregnancy APNT Diploma Course with Suzanne Yates. Web: http://www.wellmother.org/
FINAL BOOKING DEADLINE : Wednesday / March 7
Course Organiser : Ruth Toal, IMTA Regional Officer for Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo    
 Ruth Toal's Online Homepage RUTHTOAL.COM
 Free Pregnancy Massage for Pregnant Women in the Community FREE PREGNANCY MASSAGE
 Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course Flier COURSE FLIER
 Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course Booking Form COURSE BOOKING FORM VS. HTML
 Course Syllabus for Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course COURSE SYLLABUS
 Course Features of the APNT Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course COURSE FEATURES
 For Massage Therapists: What To Bring to the Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course MASSAGE THERAPIST: WHAT TO BRING
 Pre-Course Reading and Study PRE-COURSE READING & STUDY
 Course Bibliography for the Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course COURSE BIBLIOGRAPHY
 Final Assessment after the APNT Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course FINAL ASSESSMENT
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 More about Suzanne Yates MORE ABOUT SUZANNE YATES
 More about Our Venue: The Family Life Centre, Boyle OUR VENUE: THE FAMILY LIFE CENTRE
 More about the Course Organiser, Ruth Toal... ABOUT RUTH TOAL

Main Tutor : Suzanne Yates,  Body Worker and Birth Educator.  Credentials : BA (Hons), DipHSEC,  MRSS(T),  APNT,  PGCE.

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  • Small class/group size. Maximum: 12 students per tutor. Up to 20 students with tutor + tutor's assistant.
  • Practical assessment on last day of course with pregnant mothers.
  • Project and case study work (with 6-months to complete). The case study work :
    you need to have access to four (4) pregnant women for your case studies
    (4 sessions with each pregnant woman). These pregnant women can be found through your local GP, through a pregnancy yoga class, through Sligo Hospital's antenatal clinic, and through baby & birth equipment (i.e., TENS) suppliers.
  • Externally validated diploma with the London-based Association of Physical and Natural Therapists ( APNT : www.APNT.org ) upon successful completion of course and assessments.
  • Post-graduate Continuing Professional Development - CPD credit upon successful completion of course and assessments :  100 CPD points with the Irish Massage Therapists Association ( IMTA ) and 30 CPD credits with EMBODY.
  • International recognition of the course : in the USA, Canada and Australia.
  • Options of 'Follow-up Days' and on-going support and training through www.WellMother.org website and student forum.
  • Access to web-based support group.
  • Entry onto web-based register of qualified pregnancy massage therapists upon certification.


  • Recognised qualification in massage or aromatherapy.
  • 100 hours post qualifying experience, ideally one year.


  • This Pregnancy Massage Diploma Course was developed by Suzanne Yates in 1998, with the support of Julie Barclay (Association of Physical and Natural Therapists) and Gill Tree (Essentials for Health, London). Julie continues to be involved in the course and supervises the practical assessments and written course work. It is one of the most in-depth courses of its kind worldwide, and one of the few that requires a time of consolidation of skills through the post course work.
  • Suzanne has taught in Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Australia and France, where it is also recognised.
  • Through the register, website and continuing education days, Suzanne offers continuous support to therapists who have undertaken the course.


  • Suzanne has been developing a holistic approach to maternity since 1989.
  • Motivated by her first regnancy, she began to deepen her professional shiatsu and massage work to specialise in maternity care.
  • She established 'Well Mother' in 1990, teaching shiatsu, massage and exercise to women and their partners in Bristol, UK, to help them connect with the wisdom of their body.
  • Following the success and demand for her work, in 1998 Suzanne set up courses for health professionals (i.e., midwives, shiatsu, massage therapists, and aromatherapists).
  • She now teaches internationally, regularly visiting North America, Australasia and Europe.
  • She has written numerous articles on the subject and has spoken at many international conferences, ranging from midwifery conferences to shiatsu conventions.
  • Her first book, "Shiatsu for Midwives" was published by Elsevier in 2003.
  • Suzanne continues to work with mothers as well as professionals; this approach guides her to deepen her knowledge and expand her skill base.
  • She works with women trying to conceive as well as women going through the menopause.
  • Her passion lies in integrating eastern and western approaches to offer a complete health care system for women at all stages of their lives.
  • She served on the National Health Service ( NHS ) Maternity Services Liaison Committee from 1995-2000 and was involved with a practice audit on shiatsu for post-term pregnancy at her local maternity unit in Bristol, published in 2005.
  • She continues to learn from her students, the women she works with, and through on-going study and research.
  • She especially values the learning from parenting her two children Bram and Rosa, who were the original inspiration for her work.


  • "Suzanne's depth of knowledge made the class enjoyable and fascinating and a complete and opening experience!"
  • "I've learned so much from your expertise and phenomenal knowledge I never thought possible... you have a refreshing view and support in this field which made your teachings a joy."
  • "...the joy I feel about being able to work with pregnant women in a supportive, confident and holistic way"