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Our lecturers

Denise Tiran MSc RM ADM PGCEA
Educational Director

Denise is a midwifery lecturer and internationally-renowned authority on maternity complementary medicine. She is passionate about ensuring that professionals appreciate the safety, as well as the benefits, of complementary therapies and natural remedies in pregnancy and birth. Denise has undertaken research and written many textbooks and professional papers on the subject, and has edited the last five editions of Bailliere’s Midwives’ Dictionary. She is an Associate Editor for the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice journal, is a regular source of expert comment for various journalists and a frequent international conference speaker. Denise is consulted by the Royal Colleges of Midwives on issues relating to complementary medicine in pregnancy, and is an advisor on maternity complementary medicine issues to the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT) and Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

Dr Harry Chummun FSB PhD BSc (Hons) NT RN
Academic Conduct Officer

Harry, who acts as Expectancy’s Academic Conduct Officer, is a Fellow of the prestigious British Biological Society and Senior Lecturer in physiology at the University of Greenwich, London. He has a specific academic discipline in genetics and genomics and helped formulate national genetics competencies for pre-registration nurses, midwives and health visitors. He also has a keen interest in the physiological basis of complementary therapies. He has worked with Expectancy’s Educational Director on several research studies and teaches physiology in relation to complementary therapies, stress management and genetics. Harry has written extensively in national and international professional journals and has contributed chapters in several textbooks. He is an associate lecturer for the Open University’s courses on the biological basis of health.

Anoushka Lucas Howells BA (Hons) MAoR
Programmes Administrator and Tutor

Anoushka (Noush) is a complementary therapist with a private practice in Oxfordshire offering reflexology, massage and reiki. She has a particular interest in working with pregnant women and completed the Diploma in Clinical Reflexology for Pregnancy with Expectancy. She is keen to promote the use of complementary therapies within maternity care and to encourage women to receive holistic care during pregnancy and in the post natal period. Anoushka contributes to the teaching for the massage and reflexology courses. She is also the administrator for all our courses and long programmes of study, and the first port of call for all prospective and current students and our alumni.

Professor Ursula James PDHyp
Visiting Lecturer, hypnosis

Ursula is a Visiting Professor in Clinical Hypnosis at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and Visiting Teaching Fellow at Oxford University Medical School. She is also an honorary lecturer at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and at Queen Mary’s, University of London. Ursula and her team at Thames Medical Lectures teach clinical hypnosis at eleven UK medical schools, including Oxford and Cambridge. She has been associated with Expectancy for nine years, delivering the Clinical Hypnosis for Childbirth course. Ursula is founder and Chair of the Medical School Hypnosis Association and is driving research into the medical applications of clinical hypnosis. She is author of the ‘Clinical Hypnosis Textbook’ (two editions), ‘You can be amazing’ and ‘You can think yourself thin’. Ursula also presented her own TV series for Channel 5 entitled, ‘Sex, Lies and Hypnosis.’

Lorraine Flaherty
Visiting Lecturer, hypnosis

Lorraine is a hypnotherapist, transformational therapist and pioneer of Inner Freedom Therapy, which aims to help people to reach their full potential. Lorraine works with Professor Ursula James at Thames Medical Lectures and teaches the Clinical Hypnosis for Childbirth course for Expectancy. She also teaches hypnosis to dentists and medical students at several universities in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge and London. Lorraine also runs corporate training sessions on communication and presentation skills in the UK and overseas. Lorraine’s first book, Healing with Past Life Therapy: Transformational Journeys through Time and Space was published in September 2013 by Findhorn Press. She now spends much of her time working in the USA and building up her busy clinical practices in London.

Amanda Redford BSc (Hons) RM LicAc
Tutor, Acupuncture

Amanda is an experienced research midwife in northwest England and has been actively involved in many contemporary midwifery research studies. She completed the BSc (Hons) degree in Complementary Therapies at the University of Westminster some years ago and has never looked back. Amanda is a qualified acupuncturist and reflexologist and has a thriving private practice for pregnant clients. She is committed to facilitating normal birth and providing satisfying experiences for women. She has seen the impact of stress, anxiety and pregnancy symptoms on women in her private practice and is keen to develop acupuncture services accessible to all. Amanda heads up our new team of teachers for our midwifery acupuncture course and is excited to be able to enthuse others to consider the benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy and birth.

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