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Typical year one programme timetable:

Monthly online programme.  Monthly live zoom meeting / tutorial. A one week clinical block or 2 3-day practical / clinical sessions. Run in the second half of the programme schedule.


Brief summary:

  • extensive and evidenced based online programme, including many articles, lectures, concepts, discussions of principles and practice guidelines
  • videos and in person demonstrations of assessments, techniques and treatment approaches, including clinical observations and instruction
  • suitable for novice graduate osteopaths with no experience, but also those who have already begun / are experienced in the care of mother and infant


This programme is more than a basic guide of techniques - this is an in depth critical appraisal of the physiology,  neurology and developmental dynamics from intra-uterine through birth and through early infant development and growth.  Covers all major dynamics relevant to soteopathic practice, and does not focus on the involuntary mechanism - many approaches to care are included, and alternative physiological explanations of rhythms and oscillations are included - really expanding your understanding of common osteopathic approaches in paediatrics and giving you a platform for advanced understanding and practice.





Overview - check out freeby lecture video at end also!

What you can expect from the programme:

  • a one year programme that will take you from a 'novice' in the field (or substantially enhance your current competence) of care of mother and infant from an osteopathic perspective
  • high quality educational resources and well developed curriculum at post graduate level
  • evidence informed practice guidelines and frameworks
  • understanding of scope, roles and boundaries and interprofessional care and a patient oriented approach to care
  • critical appraisal of osteopathic constructs and relevant scientific rational and exploration of evidence for and regarding osteopathic care: from the literature in the fields of
    • obstetrics, manual therapy, midwifery, maternal mental health, physiology, psychology, paediatrics and infant development, maternal and infant feeding, transition physiology for mother and infant, neuroscience including the autonomics and developmental neuroanatomy and function, pain science, endocrine immune function, gastrointestinal, cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal medicine, developmental anatomy and other relevant fields.
  • Clinical observations and supervised clinical engagement and instruction
  • Practical technical sessions to develop and extend your examination and clinical assessment approaches and your technical expertise in the fields of maternal and infant care.
  • Regular support and tutorials once a month
  • You will leave the programme with your skills considerably enhanced, and with a more developed and critical awareness of relevant evidence in support of the osteopathic approach to the care of mother and infant.
  • You will now be competent to undertake osteopathic care of the mother and infant across a range of common clinical presentations and dynamics, and be aware of risks, possible benefit, referral dynamics and be aware of the limits and boundaries to osteopathic interventions in these fields of care
  • You will become experienced in approaches to optimal foetal positioning, maternal and infant interaction during pregnancy, the process of birth, musculoskeletal pain and other physiological problems in pregnancy, maternal and infant birth outcomes, management of perineal injury and surgical interventions such as caesarean, infant transition, common birth injuries for the infant, development of the infant, sensory processing and primitive reflexes and infant feeding, latch and breastfeeding dynamics, tongue tie considerations, head shapes and other infant molding and postural dynamics, musculoskeletal movement and development, infant communication, maternal and infant bonding, social engagement dynamics, and neuro-endocrine-immune and visceral function dynamics, unsettledness, sleep dynamics, digestive and respiratory dynamics
  • You should expect to set aside at least 20 hours a month, over a 9 month period to cover core learning materials online in your own time, and to be aware that there is additional supplementary material online in support of the programme, all of which is available as a long term resource after qualification.  After the taught programme ends, you should allow 20 hours a month for the remaining 3 months of the year to fulfil all the assessment requirements
  • You will be expected to attend the majority of the live zoom tutorials (which are recorded for later review)
  • You will be required to attend 6 teaching clinic days, which include half a day clinic, and half a day technique / examination approaches (we can discuss issues of foreign attendance or personal sickness or life dynamics if this becomes problematic after enrolment).
  • You will need to complete the assessment requirements of peer and clinical tutor observation, practical labs, 3 written essay / reflective case discussion, to undertake a series of forum chats/ discussion within the group, and to complete an initial and a final learning needs analysis.
  • You will be in a collegiate and supportive environment which encourages interaction with all your fellow students, enhancing your learning journey with the CNMO.

CHECK OUT THE BROCHURE - new version coming shortly


TEACHING CLINICS - this year we were hosted in Edinburgh.  Previously we were hosted in Bristol.  If you would like a version of the programme hosted near to you / or in your country, please contact Caroline on caroline @ cnmo. co .uk

Future practical / clinical courses can run in different locations, and each venue will be advertised when the course is open  The clinical days for this run can run in a one week (6 day block), or 2 3day weekends, and they will suit any osteopath who is very keen to focus on the mother-infant dyad and to understand how osteopaths can help during pregnancy, post partum, and with infant feeding, breast care issues, caesarean recovery, co-regulation and bonding, infant development, infant reflexes, birth stress and strain, molding, position, headshape and movement dynamics, and infant development, visceral function unsettledness, colic and much more.

COST: £2250 in full.

Discount price £2250 available depending on course start dates

PROGRAMME AVAILABLE on payment, and, programme starts with tutorials from April / May 2023. CLINIC SESSIONS AND SEMESTERS / ZOOM MEETINGS START FROM SEPTEMBER.



Pay using bank transfer - see caveats above re student agreement, which include payment conditions.



caroline @ cnmo. co.uk

CONTENT AND PROGRAMME DETAILS - also see brochure below. If you want to do this only online, then this is possible too.

This pictogram gives some insight into the range of topics covered in the mother and baby programme.  Check out the brochure also, and the notes below for further details dates of the Friday clinics, venue, costs and so on.

This programme is highly focused on the maternal experience, the evidence base for osteopathy ion pregnancy and initial post partum care, in breastfeeding and in infant dynamics.

Infant sleep unsettledness, feeding, colic, and comfort / wellbeing issues are hugely important considerations, as many practitioners are sought out for helps with these issues.  Supporting the new family unit, and the mum on her journey towards this is a very special component of osteopathic scope,. and this programme covers all essential elements in a highly focused, evidenced and osteopathic philosophical perspective.  You do NOT need involuntary mechanisms skills for this programme and it is incredibly important to realise that paediatrics does not equal 'cranial' and that there is more to the infant than its sphenoid, and there are more factors that determine molding, autonomic tone, visceral function and so in in the infant than the dural functionality or a primary respiratory mechanism.  These elements are discussed but alternatives are given, which enables you to understand how osteopathic interactions are really working, and how you can put things together to construct evidence informed care plans across a range of presentations.

You will get instruction into a wide range of examination and assessment protocols for mum and baby, and you will be given the clinical tools to gently interact with the maternal and infant dyad, so that they can support each other better and can both recover and also move forwards in as positive and healthy dynamics as possible.

maternal and infant pictogram
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