Amy Weatherup (Chair)
Amy has attended one Birthlight class or another since she was pregnant with her first daughter in 2006. She has had a head-first baby in hospital and a bottom-first (breech) baby at home, and as a result of her breech experiences has written articles and founded The Breech Babies Club and set up a support group on Facebook called Breech Birth UK.
Amy has a background in Marketing and Business Development, and in the early 90’s founded STNC, a pioneer in the development of internet access for mobile phones, which was sold to Microsoft in 1999.
More recently she has become involved in the commercialisation of University research, and in helping the next generation of entrepreneurs develop the appropriate skills. She runs the Cambridge University i-Teams programme, which is how she first met Francoise. She is a Trustee of the Humanitarian Centre which works to link the academic community to international development practitioners, a Trustee of the Villiers Park Educational Trust, and a school governor, as well as a busy mum of two young daughters.
Antenatal class of autumn 1993 - current Trustee of Birthlight
Finding Birthlight was like coming home. A group of kindred spirits guided by Francoise who could share all the highs and lows of their journey towards motherhood. In the ante-natal classes they were shown how to care for themselves and naturally this grew into the ability to care for their new babies and each other.
The bond was so strong that it seemed perfectly obvious that days would then be spent feeding our babies on each other's sofas, walking them around the Cambridgeshire countryside and as the years passed, celebrating the rites of passage that come with birthdays, new schools, moving house, the arrival of siblings and changing relationships. They did this all together. Birthlight provided for her the extended family that modern life denies most of us.
Anna-Louise was very honoured when Francoise invited her to become a trustee and accepted as she sees very many children and families in her professional life as a teacher and what is strikingly clear about Birthlight babies, is how grounded they are (now aged 21) and how it is clear they know they are loved.
Ingrid Lewis took initiation into Kriya Yoga in 1989. This was followed by Birthlight Yoga and Sivananda Yoga teacher trainings. Ingrid has worked in Germany, the UK and Central Africa in both, allopathic and complementary medicine for over 18 years. She is also a trained Physiotherapist, Public Health Professional, Reflexologist, Reiki-Teacher, Bach Flower Remedies Practitioner & Teacher and Doula. Ingrid works in public health in developing countries and complementary medicine specialising in women’s health.
While living in Congo (Central Africa) she was initiated by Aka hunter-gatherer women into their secret knowledge and ancestral rites. It is vital to reconsider ancient knowledge about the unique female power of reproduction & birth if we are to change the current trend towards intervention during pregnancy, labour and birth. The Aka women have allowed Ingrid to share their wisdom with women in the West to help them birth well. Ingrid’s aim is to enable women to be in charge of their own bodies, birth in dignity and rejoice in their femininity.
Amali works as a consultant obstetrician & gynaecologist/honorary senior lecturer at the Whittington Hospital, London, UK, as well as the Viveka health practice in St Johns Wood, London. Her main clinical interests lie in medical gynaecology and general obstetrics.
The long term behavioural and emotional consequences of how we are born and nurtured are of particular interest to her. Dr Lokugamage has set up a maternity acupuncture service within the NHS. She also has a keen interest in improving rates of natural birth and had a homebirth herself in 2008. Her experience of homebirth led to her writing a book called The Heart in the Womb. She is a strong supporter of integrated medicine, where conventional obstetrics & gynaecology is merged with complementary medicine. Integrated medicine views patients as whole people with minds and spirits as well as bodies and includes these dimensions into diagnosis and treatment. It also involves patients and doctors working to maintain health by paying attention to lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, quality of rest. She is a registered homeopath and practices acupuncture.
Her undergraduate medical qualifications are from St Andrews and Manchester Universities. An MSc epidemiology was obtained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MD was awarded from University College London. Clinical training was undertaken at London teaching hospitals. She was awarded a Fellow of the Royal College and Obstetricians (FRCOG) in 2008.
She has a great interest in medical education and has role in coordinating undergraduate education in women’s health for University College London as well as an active role in postgraduate teaching.
Sally Lomas qualified as an Active birth teacher in 1997 after training at the Active Birth centre in London. She continued her training with Dr Françoise Freedman in Cambridge and qualified as a Birthlight teacher in Antenatal yoga and postnatal mother and baby yoga.
Her Birthlight classes have been running successfully for many years. Sally is now a director of Birthlight Teaching Ltd, Joyful Babies and Dolphin Baby Swimming School. She has been involved in the development of teacher training courses. These courses are offered in many locations and have gained international recognition.
Profession connections include training teachers for Sure Start, Touch learn and Kids Unlimited. Sally is also a qualified Montessori teacher and councillor and has many years experience working with parents and babies.
She has four children and lives with her partner in Cambridge.
Sophie Messager, phD, is a research scientist with a background in Physiology of Reproduction and over 20 years of research experience in the academic and biotechnology sectors. Sophie is passionate about natural childbirth, breastfeeding and attachment parenting, and loves supporting new parents in the journey to parenthood. She is a trained doula, antenatal teacher, and babywearing instructor. She is a Trustee of Birthlight.