Emilie Joy Rowell
Pregnancy and postnatal specialist since 2008.
Massive congratulations if you've landed here because you're pregnant or have just had a baby.
I love helping parents like you grow their families. My passion is helping people find the right resources to have their best experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Taking a realistic approach to the rollercoaster ride of emotions and the big physical changes that happen during and after pregnancy, I offer a range of classes, coaching options and doula services online and in Somerset.
Over the past 13 years, I have helped hundreds of women and their partners adapt to becoming new parents, some for the first time and others adding more to their kid crew. Everyone is different and a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn't work. I love that we all have different bodies, priorities, principles and approaches to parenting.
What a dull world it would be if we were all the same!
Because I have been doing this for quite a while, the way I work has slowly evolved. I started off teaching Relaxed Birth and Parenting Scaravelli influenced pregnancy yoga classes, active birth workshops and attending births as a doula in 2008 (those little people are heading towards teens now!).
Since then I have trained and read and learnt and tried different things. Particularly in my second pregnancy, when I was keen to feel it all first hand. I did more Scaravelli yoga, danced, completed another Pregnancy Yoga teacher training (this time with Nadia Narain at Triyoga - a more Kundalini approach).
I had a more sensitive pelvis in my second pregnancy, was teaching a demanding schedule of 10+ classes a week in 3 different cities. I got tennis elbow from the repetitive movement of packing for a house move and stuff was at points, well - stressful.
I get it.
birth & postnatal
My own birth experiences were different - one postdates home birth, the other a hospital induction (and yes, they were in that order). My postnatal experiences were also very different; for my first I had my family around where for my second baby I was in a new town without the network of friends and family around me and it was a considerably more lonely experience.
Like many mamas I was quite withdrawn, a natural introvert and not really one for singing endless nursery rhymes... I had also burst my ear drum around my due date so was unable to hear in one ear and had carpal tunnel syndrome in those early months so it wasn't a picture of rosy earth-mother perfection. No judgement here!
There are times where you need to be fierce to get through and other moments where you'll need to let go, be nurtured and supported.
I aim to work with parents to navigate these big life changes. I now teach a blend of embodiment and biomechanics based movement to really help you through the physical changes of pregnancy, from head to toe. I'm a qualified Hatha, Vinyasa and Embodied Yoga Principles teacher and included elements of these practices to help make my classes fun, sociable and deep. Embodied Yoga Principles is a fantastic, simple way of bringing yoga into everyday life and being able to call on that warrior or child's pose exactly when you need it.
Happy to say I am now based in beautiful Frome and available for in-person sessions here, or to meet you where you're at online.
Hope to meet you soon!
"The sessions were non-judgemental, inclusive and accessible and provided a safe space to confide in other mums at the same stage of their journey.
Thank you Emilie and Frome Birth Talk.”
Feedback from postnatal yoga sessions for charity Frome Birth Talk.
"I was somewhat mind blown by how the smallest movements and changes to posture can impact the pelvic floor and how I could really feel the changes in my body as my muscles were working. Highly recommend."
- Chloe Jones
training & development
Emilie is a fully qualified doula, yoga and antenatal teacher with over 10 year experience and a DBS certificate.
2008 - Relaxed Birth & Parenting
2012 - Nurturing Birth
Pregnancy Yoga Teacher
2008 - Relaxed Birth & Parenting, Scaravelli inspired training
2012 - Triyoga, Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training with Nadia Narain
Postnatal Yoga Teacher
2013 - Triyoga, Postnatal Yoga Teacher training with Nadia Narain
2015 - MotherMassage® training with Elaine Stillerman.
2014 - Indian Head Massage
Training and associations
Pelvic Fascia Trainer, 2021
Relaxed Birth & Parenting
Trained with Relaxed Birth & Parenting in 2008.
Registered yoga teacher.
Nurturing Birth Doula
Trained with Nurturing Birth Doulas in 2012.
This Girl Can
Proud to partner with This Girl Can
It's a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.
One of the reasons I am self employed is so that I can work in ways that feel right.
living on a small planet
The micro studio is powered by ecotricity and I travel on public transport to teach classes, serve clients and lead workshops.
giving and welcoming
Mothering is a verb.
Everyone is welcome here ♡
Families come in all shapes and sizes.
In order to support as many growing families as possible I offer reduced rates for anyone in financial difficulties. I work with local charity Frome Birth Talk and The Positive Birth Movement, as well as running regular low & no cost groups.
Privacy matters When you signup for a course, workshop or event with me I take down some personal details in order to understand your needs and to help us communicate well. Your privacy matters to me, so this information is kept under lock and key if it’s on paper or password protected if digital. It’s a condition of my insurance that I keep records for 7 years. This website is connected to Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Acuity and Facebook. I do my best to ensure that services I use (e.g. Acuity) also uphold your privacy. I cannot be responsible for data breaches elsewhere, if you prefer records to be kept on paper please let me know and we can make that happen. You are entitled to request copies of data held on you by any organisation. Simply ask and they are obliged to let you know.