Drumming for birth

Why this course?

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A course for perinatal professionals and parents who want to learn to use drumming to support and empower the birth journey

Would you like to learn to harness the power of the drum to support the birth journey? Does it feel daunting and you aren’t sure how to start, what is the best way to do it?

What if I told you that it is simple and can be done in a very intuitive manner, and that there isn’t a right way to do it, but rather a range of ways and that each mother knows best what suits her?

I have been supporting mothers through their birth journey using drumming for 10 years. By delving into the science behind why drumming is so helpful during birth, and collecting the stories of mothers for whom I have drummed during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum, I have been amazed about how powerful it is. Did you know that drumming not only calms the nervous system and produces an altered state of consciousness, but that it also reduces anxiety, but that it even increases the release of endorphins? This is too good not to share, so I’ve decided to create a new online course to share this knowledge.

I want to demystify the process and show you that it is simple and  doesn’t require expert knowledge, simply an open heart and willingness to practise. 

A bit of background 

Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum constitute a profound rite of passage. Expectant families are often guided to seek holistic approaches to enhance their birth experience. One such approach, which is gaining recognition, is the ancient practice of drumming. Rhythm is innate, and every culture around the world has (or has had) drumming traditions. 

Beyond its musical and cultural significance, drumming offers a unique potential to support and empower and heal during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

Drumming can be part of bringing more sacredness to the pregnancy and birth journey. Pregnancy and birth are sacred processes which deserve reverence and a sense of ritual. In today’s modern healthcare system, where many births take place in hospital settings, it is essential to find ways to re-infuse the birthing process with a sense of sacredness. Adding this ritualistic element that can positively impact the birth experience.

During birth, the brain undergoes a modified state of consciousness/trance, due to the effect of birth hormones such as endorphins. This process is not recognised within the Western medical model of maternity care, and neither is the rite of passage/spiritual process. Drumming provides a way to reclaim this.

Scientificially proven

Aside from the trance/spiritual aspect, there are many scientifically proven effects of drumming that support the birth process. These include:

  • Induces relaxation/calms the nervous system
  • Changes brain waves (Alpha/Theta state-trance)- supporting the altered state of consciousness that needs to happen for labour to unfold
  • Increases endorphins
  • Decreases stress
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Decreases anxiety/improves mood

Stories from women and births

Women whose births I have supported by drumming confirm this:

“During my birth, the drumming felt a bit like when you are jogging and you have power music on, it gave me a power boost. It felt like it was saying “open up, relax, trust your body, have faith in the journey. It made me feel more confident in my abilities.”  Leigh

“I wanted a doula who could drum for me during birth for many reasons, to mark a huge initiation, welcome my baby into the world to the sound of the universe’s heartbeat, to have something of me present in a medical situation, a reminder of the vast context of the process I was going through. The main thing I remember was my consciousness ascending with the drumbeat and connecting with my baby’s consciousness and bringing him into this reality before I did it physically.” Ailsa

What does the course contain?

In this course, I will share history, evidence, stories and tutorials to show you how simple and effective drumming is. The course will contain:

  • A historical background of drumming
  • Why drumming support the birth journey, with scientific evidence
  • A range of frame drums available and how to pick the right one for you
  • How to play the drum intuitively (there is no set rhythm)
  • A range of ways of drumming to support birth
  • Drum healing techniques
  • Guided meditations/journeys accompanied with the drum
  • Videos tutorials showing  how to drum, including drum journeys and drum healing
  • Stories to illustrate how healing and effective drumming is during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum
  • How to tailor what you offer your client’s needs and preferences

By the end of this course, you will know why drumming is such a powerful tool in supporting the birth journey. You will immediately be able to practise and offer drumming to others.

Who is this course for?

This course is for birth professionals and for parents who want to learn how to drum to support the birth journey.

By supporting birth, I mean in the widest sense, which is both supporting pregnancy and birth in terms of giving birth to a baby, but also in the more general sense, in giving birth to yourself and to new projects, and as a tool for self development.

Do I need to know how to play music or follow a rhythm?

No, this is an entirely intuitive process. There is no set rhythm, rather you are guided by your intuition, your drum, and the needs of the person receiving the drumming. I often feel as if the drum “plays me” rather than the other way round.

What makes this course special?

I offer a unique blend of scientific, traditional, and practical knowledge. I have over ten years experience in using drumming to support the birth journey, as a spiritual practise, and for healing.

About the instructor

I was introduced to shamanic drumming ten years ago and it ignited a deep desire to learn. I acquired my first drum shortly after. I birthed 3 drums and acquired many others. After years of self-teaching, I trained to become a Reiki Drum practitioner and teacher. Drumming is an active practice for me. I drum weekly in the woods with two other women, and I run shamanic drum circles in Cambridge. I use drumming in many of my pregnancy, birth and postpartum support sessions, from pregnancy healing to mother blessings to birth support and postpartum healing ceremonies. I have drummed at homebirhs, birth centre births, and even in my local delivery unit.

I worked as a birth and postnatal doula for ten years. I also have a diploma in antenatal education and spent several years teaching antenatal classes. I have been facilitating workshops for birth professionals for over ten years, and online courses for 5 years. I know how to present information in a way that is entertaining, easy to follow, and which allows students to learn easily and enjoyably, as well as apply what they have learnt in the class immediately.

Prior to being a perinatal educator, I gained a PhD in Physiology of Reproduction and spent 20 years working as a biology research scientist. I also have a DiPhe in antenatal education.

I am the author of the book Why Postnatal Recovery Matters, published by Pinter and Martin.

What is the course format?

  • Over 10h of live video training, divided into 6 live classes on zoom.
  • As well as access to the recording of the video lessons, the course also includes several text and video modules, available on my website course portal, with no time limit, allowing you to learn at your own pace.
  • Access to a private Facebook group for sharing and ongoing support.
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the course, once you have submitted 2 case studies.


By the end of the course you will be able to offer drumming for support and healing during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum and beyond, for yourself, for families and for your community.


How much does it cost?

The online course costs £149.


If you would like to read my story and of some of the knowledge I will be sharing in this course, read my blog posts Drum healing, bullshit? And Drumming for Birth: The Wisdom and Science of How Drum Beats Support the Brain and Body to Empower the Birth Journey

Drumming for birth online course

Feedback for the drumming for birth course

This training is powerful, and it has brought to my life empowerment. Everyone should learn this at any point in their life. Personally, it helps me in my conscious conception journey and current job. The knowledge and commitment Sophie has put into this course come from her passion and her magical soul, I am grateful for giving myself the opportunity to reconnect with this elder knowledge.


Aria Sprat, Herbalist and Medicine Woman

Feedback for the drumming for birth webinar

This drumming for birth was a great introduction to this topic. Sophie is clear communicator and covered the basics really well. I feel excited to do more drumming for those I work with in conception, during pregnancy and birth


Alison Shaloe, Midwife

Feedback for the drumming for birth webinar

As always, nice to have scientific backround on something a bit more “esoterical”, which drumming has sadly become, but so nice to get to see the evidence of drumming as part of mankind… so if you wonder why on earth drum, look at this webinar, you will want to drum and now why!


Patricia Hertkorn

Feedback for drumming for birth course

Sophie’s course is great, everything is explained in great detail & nothing is rushed or over loaded of information. All her knowledge and understanding is in the course. It’s a great way for learning and also a beautiful way to connect with yourself and your drum for your future practises. I feel more confident in my drumming and confident going forward for drumming ceremonies or sessions alone, i suppose i really realise the power of the drum


Robyn Browning, Doula

Feedback for drumming for birth webinar

Sophie is very generous with her knowledge, and would recommend any workshops that she offers.


Sandy Bayman, Doula

Feedback for drumming for birth webinar

Sophie’s embodiment of wise woman ways and generous sharing makes accessible the deeply powerful knowledge and skills that belong to all of us by rights. Her emphasis on intuition and warm, experienced encouragement to overcome our inner imposters are just what is needed for women’s wisdom to flourish again in the world.


Jenna Shaw, doula

Feedback for drumming for birth webinar

Very powerful and enjoyable webinar. Sophie has an undeniable passion for drumming and supporting birth, and this webinar combines the two with integrity and ease.


Lucinda Holman, IBCLC

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