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Be Part of Something Incredible.

APUK Live! 2017 was THE attachment parenting event of the year. A day full of heart, tears, laughter and love, we brought together inspiring speakers, all experts in their fields, who drive change and innovation with warmth and intelligence. The rousing, entertaining performances from the Bristol Improv stars, BYOB choir, poet Matt Harvey and creative writing coach Jo Ball filled us with appreciation!

Delegates, exhibitors, volunteers and speakers alike called this an ‘amazing, inspiring, heart-lifting day’


Dr Rosie Knowles

Rosie is a mum of two who lives in Sheffield. She is a practising GP, and is also very keen on babywearing. 5 years ago she set up a hugely popular grassroots peer-to-peer sling community in Sheffield. The author of Why Babywearing Matters, Rosie believes that sling use is a simple, low cost intervention that can make a huge difference to family life. She speaks about this around the UK and Europe and is looking forwards to talking to the APUK family too!

Milli Hill

Milli Hill is a well-published freelance writer, feminist, former dramatherapist, public speaker, trainee doula and self-professed birth nut. She is the founder of the global-network Positive Birth Movement with over 400 groups worldwide and her book, The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks, has been an Amazon bestseller. Milli currently lives in Somerset UK with her partner and three small children.

Kate Pigeon-Owen

Kate is an Instructor and Trainer with the International Association of Infant Massage – the world’s leading provider of baby and infant massage education and expertise – and Founder of Childways Ltd, a company dedicated to providing inspirational training in nurturing touch. Kate combines her 20 year passion for touch and attachment in infancy through her massage teaching, and her celebrated ‘WellBeing 10% More Energy’ workshops.

Sophie Christophy

Sophie Christophy is a self-directed researcher and scholar, exploring the intersection of parenthood, childhood, education and consent. A respected blogger Sophie also runs parent courses on Consent Based Education discussing the history and impact of patriarchial ‘power over’ dynamic on social norms and how parents can create a new paradigm of consent based ways of learning. Her work has a feminist, social justice lens, seeking to deconstruct oppression of children.

Emily Fackrell

Emily is the Director of Management & Development at Toddlercalm & BabyCalm. A trained doula, nursery nurse, sling consultant, breastfeeding peer supporter and IAIM certified infant massage instructor, Emily is deeply committed to supporting families and delivering high quality training through the CalmFamily network, a non-profit organisation empowering parents to raise a generation of secure, well-attached and respected children.

Ian Blackwell

Ian has 25 years experience in the ‘learning outside the classroom sector’ and in 2007 set up Dangerous Dads in Totnes in partnership with the Children’s Centre to offer activities for dads with young children. In 2013 Ian established The Dangerous Dads Network (and the famous DadFest) as a social enterprise supporting UK towns to develop active fathering programmes. Ian is also a PhD student researching how outdoor activities benefit father-child bonding.

Michelle McHale

APUK founding director Michelle is mum to two girls age 7 & 9. After training with Attachment Parenting International as a peer support group leader and running a thriving group in Devon she founded APUK and developed affiliation for the 70+ nationwide APUK groups. Author of the accredited Positive Discipline eCourse she has written for The Sunday Times, The Huffington Post and as the ‘Here to Help’ expert for Mother & Baby Magazine.

Jo Ball

Jo Ball, founder of Mums4aChange is on a mission to create real communities of support for mothers, where the inner life and transformative potential of motherhood is championed. Mums4aChange uses a unique combination of coaching, creativity and expressive writing to share what matters and get potent about what wants to shift. Jo is an arts therapist, trainer, life and career coach as well as the founder of Co-Creation Coaching.

Michael H Brown

Michael is the APUK in-house coach. A father of 4, grandfather and step-dad to 2 young girls, Michael’s work is founded in the fundamental principle that we all have innate wellbeing, which contains wisdom and common sense, and naturally allows us to function in a healthy way. He is vastly experienced working with parents looking to create peace and access intuition in their relationships. He also works with teenagers and children as young as 8.


Matt Harvey

Poet and lyricist Matt Harvey was first official Poet-in-Residence at the Wimbledon Championships (“brilliant” The New Yorker) and has been commissioned by the Science Museum, Open University and Energy Ombudsman. A familiar face voice on Radio 4, the Desktop Poetry Slot in the Guardian and on Nationwide TV adverts, Matt is author of several books including two children’s picture books. Matt is has twin teenage sons who he adopted aged 9 months.

John Lomas, Lindsey Garwood

John and Lindsey are co-directors of the Closer Each Day Company, the makers of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap, the world’s longest improvised narrative and the only serialised theatre show in the UK. Once asked to perform at a storytelling competition, The Great American Storybook was born. Besides many acting, writing and directing credits between them, John teaches improvisation and performance and Lindsey runs the Bristol Improv Jam.

Bring You Own Baby Choir

Founded by Julia Turner, a vocalist, teacher and choir-leader, the fantastically named BYOB Choir is a weekly favourite with many Bristol-based parents and carers who appreciate an adult choir – you won’t find nursery rhymes even if there are plenty of toddlers and babe-in-arms basking in the magical music. Led on the day by dad Andrew, the feel-good tunes will round off the last session and uplift your spirits to send you home in a beautiful mood.

Our Partners

Our amazingly generous exhibitors and partners are aligned with our values of innovation, integrity and inclusivity. They believe in our work and want to engage with you - it’s all about connection.

Gratitude to Big Lottery

2017 Goody Bag


Huge thanks to our amazing team of APUK Group Facilitators volunteers who looked after everyone so well on the day. As parents themselves, they understood the value of taking time to be nurtured and feel connected. We also know they inspired others to consider running their own APUK group and becoming part of the APUK family.

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