in depth course

the relational baby

With Matthew Appleton
Drawing from more than 20 years of working with babies and their families, we will be exploring the relation expectations and needs of babies from conception to the end of the first year.

This formative period sets in place the essential foundations that support our ongoing health and foundation for the rest of our lives.

We will be looking at how best to respond to the relational cues from babies, so as to create optimal benefits for their future.
Matthew Appleton
Matthew Appleton is a registered Body Psychotherapist and Craniosacral Therapist living and working in Bristol, England.
In 2006 he founded Conscious Embodiment Trainings to facilitate Prenatal and Birth Workshops for adults and teach Integrative Baby Therapy to health professionals internationally.

course overview

Matthew will present an overview of how the cultural framework of Western culture does not support the relational expectations and needs of babies and how we can begin to remedy this. Each module will include a gentle embodied exploration of the themes being discussed and will provide:

  • A deeper empathy for the relational needs of prenates and babies
  • Tools to support prenates and babies in the therapy room
  • Tools to help parents connect relationally with themselves and their babies
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Free Introduction

In this introduction, Matthew will introduce the themes of the course
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Class one

Prenatal Dynamics

  • Drawing from clinical practice and research in the field of pre and perinatal psychology we will shift our focus from the cultural lens of the prenate as a biological ‘object’ to that of a relational ‘subject’.
  • We will look at ways to deepen the relational connection between parents and their unborn child.
  • This will include becoming more aware of different states of consciousness, the role of dreams and intuition, and embodied mindfulness.
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Class two


Birth is a relational process in which babies play an active role. The birth process occurs within a larger relational dynamic. Babies bring both archetypal expectations and their pre-existing womb experience to the birth process.

  • We will explore how babies work together with their mothers during birth and how that relationship can be maximized to support the baby and mother.
  • We will look at how modern birthing methods often undermine this relational process and what can be done to counter these negative impacts.
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Class Three

The First Year of Life

Human babies are born far more immature than other mammals. This leaves them especially vulnerable and dependent on relational attunement to their needs, so as to feel safe in the world.

  • We will be exploring how recent developments in the field of interpersonal neurobiology inform us as to what babies need and how we can meet these needs.
  • We will also look at how many common myths about who babies are undermine their basic needs and how we can support parents to attune more effectively with their babies.


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