I have been working with parents and children for over 20 years and I am a mum to a beautiful 3 year old. Having learnt hypnobirthing during pregnancy, I know how valuable being relaxed and confident during the birth is. I understand not everyone is confident asking questions and asking about options and alternatives as some medical professionals can seem unapproachable and one can get easily overwhelmed by information and medical terms. Also one thing that I notice is that most of the time the focus is on what could go wrong – to be prepared – rather than what could go well.
Childbirth can be an empowering and positive event in your life – one that you will want to remember. With the help of hypnotherapy for birth, The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme will teach you techniques that will enable you to birth your baby in a more comfortable, calm and relaxing environment, and one where you are in control and you need less intervention from others.
You will learn:
- Fear release methods to allow you to be relaxed and confident for the birth
- Self-hypnosis inducing deep relaxation
- Massage techniques – stimulating endorphins, your body’s natural anaesthetic
- Visualisation exercises to keep you grounded, serene and positive
- Different breathing techniques for labour and birth
- How your mind and body work together efficiently and comfortably
The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme not only prepares you and your birth partner for childbirth in a comprehensive way but also enables your baby to have a gentle birth which has been proven to result in a calmer baby. The classes will encourage you to develop life skills that can help you prepare for and enjoy both a positive birthing experience and the many rewarding years of parenthood that lie beyond.
Not sure if this is for you?
Come along to a Relax, Breathe & Birth 2hr workshop as the first step towards the comprehensive birth preparation programme. This workshop is also available online. Read more and book your space << here >>
The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Course
The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme is a complete 10 hour course that runs as 4 x 2.5 hour classes (allowing for a break in the middle and time for questions). The course is currently taught on selected weekends and evenings (see individual course dates for details). Other course times may also be available from time to time. Private course available on request (price varies depending on travel costs if applicable) at the clients house or online via Zoom. Contact me with your enquiry using the contact form << here >>
The course costs £255(for group courses) and includes The Wise Hippo workbook and 5 x mp3s to support home practice. Ongoing telephone and email support is also included to ensure that you feel confident and supported as you approach your birthing. I have access to a support network of over 300 knowledgeable Wise Hippo Instructors, many of them being trained and experienced midwives.
The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme classes can be attended by Mum and Birthing Partner (normally the Dad but doesn’t have to be) ideally between 20 – 34 weeks of pregnancy allowing plenty of time for practice.
What is taught in each class is shown below:
- Explaining the relevance of the Hippopotamus
- The Picture of Childbirth today
- The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme materials
- Defining Hypnosis
- Acknowledging Pain
- The Physiology of Birth and the Impact of Fear
- Mind / Body connection
- The Impact of Others
- Taking charge of your thoughts
- Relaxation – the antidote to discomfort
- What is Relaxation?
- Positions for Relaxation
- Remember to Breathe
- Eyes Open Hypnosis
- Time Distortion
- Birth Partners Script
- Establishing a practice routine
- Prenatal bonding
- Choosing where to have your baby
- Choosing who will be with you when you have your baby
- Alternative options for promoting comfort
- Medical intervention
- Natural nudges of encouragement for your baby
- Interventions explained
- Benefits of a natural birth
- Writing your birth plan and making your birth choices
- Physical preparations for birth
- The mirror mantra
- Fear release session
- Soothing strokes and the power of positive touch
- Positions for birth
- Ligaments and pelvis
- Humming your baby down – birthing your baby
- Birth partner’s role
- Using the techniques during labour
- When baby arrives
- Sea of Serenity – Birth Hypnosis session
- Your practice and preparation diary
The Hip way to birth your baby!
Group classes following The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme are now being held in small groups (2-3 couples) on selected days at The Wellbeing Centre, Newbury and Total Health West Berkshire, Newbury.
Private classes are available in person (at client’s address – travel expenses will be added if outside of the 25 miles radius from Newbury) or online.
The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme uses hypnosis techniques among many others. There are many birthing programmes that use hypnosis that are collectively labelled ‘hypnobirthing’. The Wise Hippo has a unique approach as we do not focus on one specific way of birthing.
Every woman has unique needs, wants and concerns about her baby’s birth, and we teach with this in mind. This in turn enables each couple to prepare for their baby’s birth in a way that feels right for them and ultimately to achieve the right birth on the day, whatever path their birthing takes.
Couples learn how to prepare for the birth they want and the birth they eventually have, with the help of a toolbox full of techniques that they can use not only for pregnancy and birth, but also for ever – tools for life.
The Gift Of Love – If you are looking at gifting this to an expecting couple the option is to get a Gift Voucher. Buy the full programme and email me with the details you want on the gift vouvher.
Testimonials & Birth Stories
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