The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme Course

ANTENATAL PREPARATION CLASSES in the Hope Valley

If you are looking for a traditional hypnobirthing class, one that tells you that if you do everything the book says you will have the perfect birth, then this course probably isn’t for you! This kind of guarantee just isn’t possible; I have to be honest with everyone who works with me – this course will prepare you to ask the right questions and make the right decisions for you, your partner and your baby on the day. It will give you and your partner the tools you need to help you to stay calm, relaxed and in control – no matter what happens on the day.

The Hope Valley Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is a complete course that runs as 4 x 2.5 hour classes, followed by a post-birth session. A workbook and 5 x mp3s are provided to you to support your practice at home.

I teach group classes in a comfortable room in my own home, with refreshments – drinks and home baking (usually!) – available for you. The course is available as 4 evening classes, or weekend classes spread over two Sundays. The group course costs £235; what’s included in the four classes can be seen below. If you have chosen a second birth partner such as a Doula, Mum or sister they can also attend free of charge.

All packages also include ongoing phone and email support up to the birth, plus an individual post birth session, and a post-birth healing relaxation MP3. This is an individual session either face to face or via Skype. It allows you to go through your birth story with me – I love to hear them! – and I can answer any questions you have, or point you in the direction of local post-natal services. You also receive the post-birth healing relaxation MP3.

Unsure about ‘hypnosis’? Read more here.

The Right Birth on the Day

If you require an extra session for any reason – sometimes Mums or their birth partners want some extra relaxation as your due date approaches, or perhaps you may experience something that knocks your confidence a little – I offer a private session, tailored specifically for you, for £60. I can also offer extra support regarding twins or multiple births; VBAC; Breech Babies; Induction; Birthing the Placenta; and Lotus Birth. This enables you to prepare for The Right Birth on The Day, no matter what turn your birthing takes. 

Already have a C-Section planned, or think you may be planing for one? See the Confident C-Section programme. 

If you would prefer to attend the course privately, for just you and your birth companion(s) at my home at mutually convenient times, please contact me for prices and available dates. This includes everything as in the group course.

What is taught in each class is shown below.

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    • 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
    • Self-Hypnosis
    • Eyes Open Hypnosis
    • Time Distortion
    • Anchoring
    • 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