I teach The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme which uses hypnosis techniques to keep you calm relaxed and in control during birth. There are many birthing programmes that use hypnosis techniques that are collectively called Hypnobirthing. The Wise Hippo has a unique approach as we do not focus on one specific way of birthing with one specific outcome. We appreciate that every woman has unique needs, wants and concerns about their baby's birth and we teach with this in mind. This in turn enables each woman 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.
I will travel to your home within an hour's drive of my home in Clare, Suffolk or to a venue that you feel suits you best. If you live further than an hour away please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss, I am sure we can work something out.
If you have a friend who is also pregnant and is interested in taking the classes with you in a group setting the cost of the course is then £200 per couple.
The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is a complete 10 hour programme that runs as 4 x 2.5 hour classes. A workbook and 5 MP3s are provided to our expectant clients to support their practice at home.
• 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