Meet the Team

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Founder & Antenatal Module Leader

Lizzie Zahoranska

Lizzie ran her own marketing and events agency for around 12 years, working internationally for companies such as McDonalds, Lhiost and Saab. The economic crash was the spur for Lizzie to start training as Midwife, where she discovered a passion for Antenatal Education and perinatal mental health. Knowing this was where she needed to focus, she paused her Midwifery degree and now, fast forward, 100’s parents and 10 years of research and further training, Antenatal Training UK and BirthWorld were born. Specifically designed to create a new generation of antenatal educators and deliver childbirth education that makes a real difference. She is excited to finally compound all her knowledge into an MSc in Perinatal Mental Health.

Read more about the inspiration of Antenatal Training UK and BirthWorld here…

BreastFeeding / IBCLC Module Leader

Shelley Wilson

Shelley is a highly experienced Midwife of 20 years and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) of 10 years. She worked 17 years out in the Middle East as a Midwife Supervisor caring for many V.I.P and Royal Family members, as well as a wide diversity of cultures and religions.

She is excited to support students to make the changes that breastfeeding families need and strongly believes together we can support, educate and encourage breastfeeding families around the globe to eliminate this stress for Parents.

Shelley will be working on some newborn courses shortly – watch this space! 
Meet the team-Shelley Wilson - BreastFeeding / IBCLC Module Leader
Meet the team-Ruth Olayinka - Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator Courses Antenatal Training UK

Hypnobirthing Module Leader

Ruth Olayinka

Ruth’s interest in hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming started when she wanted to quit smoking. After one rapidly successful session, she was hooked and decided to change career direction from a Theatre Practitioner and qualify as an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, EMI and EFT Practitioner. Following the birth of her daughter, it felt right to specialise in supporting fertility, pregnancy, birth, and beyond and is now widely recognised for her talents. 

Ruth is currently writing her first book titled “Beyond Hypnobirthing”

Perinatal Mental Health Module Leader

Mia Scotland

Mia is a registered, accredited and chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience. She has a particular passion for the Psychology of Birth, and understanding how good preparation is key to a good birth. While specialising in antenatal and postnatal mental health, her skills also expand beyond into areas such as, Rewind technique, and resilience training. Mia is often in demand to teach and speak worldwide, so you may bump into her at maternity conferences.

Mia is the bestselling author of “Why Perinatal Depression Matters”.
Meet the team-Mia Scotland - Perinatal Mental Health Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator Courses Antenatal Training UK
Meet the Team-Emma Gasking - Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator Courses Antenatal Training UK

Development and Research Lead 

Emma Gasking

Emma is an experienced Midwife, and an MBA holder. Previously, she worked in the NHS as a Midwife and Parent Education Lead.

She will pop up as a guest teacher on a few modules, but her main focus will be ensuring that the courses stay current with evidence and guidelines, to maintain our very high standards. Ensuring your education is backed by this quality assurance, is the mark of our exacting educational standards. In addition, alongside Lizzie, she will be the main driving force behind our Community Hub, where she will be supporting members with updates on research and teaching skills.

She will also be using all her highly valuable skills to help drive BirthWorld and the research behind this project.

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