Dominique Sakoilsky

Dominique Sakliosky

Dominique trained as an active brth teacher 18 years ago at the Active Birth Centre in London with Janet Balaskas, Lolly Stirk and Yvonne Moore. She has been running classes and workshops ever since, both within the NHS and privately, and attending many births. Dominiqe has a thirst for learning, and loves the way that birth touches so many different aspects of humanity.

Dominique then trained with Sophy Hoare and John Stirk in yoga and later studied as a Craniosacral Therapist, qualifying in 1997. She also trained with Relate, first as a Couple Therapist, then as a Family Counsellor and Systemic Practitioner. Dominique works both privately and at Relate with couples and families, also running a private practice in Craniosacral Therapy.

Dominique spent five years working for the Holistic Birth Trust Foundation training Doulas and Childbirth Educators. More recently she became a certified 7 Words Practitioner. The 7 Words is a system of authentic communication that enable us to gain greater clarity in our lives.

She is a mother of three. Two sons aged 26 and 22, and a 18-year-old daughter, their births have all deepened her journey, love and understanding of birth. She has had a premature labour in hospital, an unattended homebirth (he was in a hurry!) and a water birth at home.

Louise Bennett

Louise Bennett

Louise Bennett is an active birth teacher, aromatherapist and mother. Over the past 16 years she has worked independently and within the NHS, as well as for community projects. Louise is currently creating training packages utilising her expertise in the antenatal/postnatal field within the Walsall and West Midlands area.

Louise initially became inspired to teach English while travelling in Asia in her early twenties. She found her passion for birth through a challenging birth experience on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Her second son was born in water and benefitted from all she had learnt on the Active Birth Teacher Training Course with Janet Balaskas.

Louise has co-written Best Buddies, a breastfeeding peer support course and has worked within the NHS developing innovative approaches to antenatal care. She has worked in partnership with diverse communities developing women-centred antenatal approaches, including the Sanpad South Asian Project in which music and relaxation were used as tools to help mothers and their unborn babies connect and bond. This has resulted in a CD of music for use in pregnancy, birth and beyond.

She also runs a Baby Palace at the New Art Gallery Walsall, which is a sensory project that invites mothers and babies to explore touch, sound and communication through a loving and relaxed way of being. Louise has been described as a 'champion of women', and her commitment to a woman-centred approach is always at the heart of her work.

Amanda Rayment

Amanda Rayment

Amanda works as a herbalist in the field of pregnancy, birth and childhood. She is also co-founder and principal tutor at the Holistic Birth Trust Foundation and owner of the herbal tea company Welcome World, which produces the popular pregnancy wellbeing and breastfeeding support tea, among others. At the heart of all Amanda's work is the intention and desire to communicate that we can raise our children with the awareness that happiness is our shared true nature. Amanda is delighted at the opportunity to participate on the Relaxed Birth and Parenting trainings.

Rachel Wheeler

Rachel has been working as a health professional for the past 17 years, mainly focusing on women's health. She started attending her friends' and clients' labours to provide them with support. After the pregnancy and birth of her first son she realised that her calling and particular interest in women's health was in and around the childbearing year, and this was where her future and continuing career lay.

Rachel trained for two years with the Active Birth Teacher's Association under Lolly Stirk, Yvonne Moore and Janet Balaskas. She continues to expand and update her knowledge through professional development and membership of Yoga Birth and Active Bith Associations. She attends regular study days for midwives and other health professionals and continues her own personal yoga development through regular practice and attending classes with other teachers. She works closely with other antenatal teachers, yoga teachers, midwives, physiotherapists, health visitors, doctors and complementary therapists.

Rachel has been teaching in Bath since 1997, and as her children have grown older she has been able to get increasingly involved with her own practice and expanding what she can offer to the extent of now taking on an apprentice. She is passionately committed to what she does and continues to enjoy and feel honoured to share in such a special time in women's lives.

In 2005 Rachel embarked on her long term ambition of midwifery training, and has now recently qualified. She is really excited about and happy to be able to combine midwifery with the work she loves.