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Our lecturers

Denise Tiran FRCM MSc RM PGCEA
Educational Director

Denise is a freelance international midwifery lecturer and a renowned authority on maternity complementary therapies (CTs). In 2018 she was honoured with a prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for almost 40 year’s work in developing the subject into a midwifery specialism. Having trained in several therapies, she was given the opportunity to develop and run a BSc (Hons) degree in CTs at the University of Greenwich, London (1992 – 2004).

In 2004, Denise left the University to set up Expectancy in response to increasing demand from midwives to learn more about CTs. Denise is very much an academic as well as a clinician, having undertaken several research studies and written ten textbooks and numerous professional papers on CTs. She has edited the last five editions of Bailliere’s Midwives’ Dictionary and revised the RCM Position Statement on CTs. She is an Associate Editor for the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice journal and a consultant to various national and international bodies. Denise is a frequent international conference speaker and regularly teaches in Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Denise was runner-up in the Prince of Wales’ Awards for Healthcare in London (2001) for her CTs antenatal clinic in southeast London (1994-2004), and winner of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Awards (2010) for her contribution to education. Denise is also a successful business consultant and was highly commended in the Kent Women in Business Awards 2015. She now mentors midwives wanting to set up their own businesses. Denise was also recently elected as a Borough Councillor in Gravesham, north Kent.


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.


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.


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.

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