The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme

The full Wise Hippo Birthing Programme

You can choose to have one to one classes in the privacy of your own home with dates and times to suit you or alternatively have your classes via online Zoom sessions. If there are Covid-19 restrictions in place, classes may be required to be done via Zoom.  Classes can be tailored to your specific needs.

Classes are run over 4 consecutive weeks or whatever suits you best.  The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is a complete antenatal programme that runs as  4 x 2.5 - 3 hour classes. You will receive a  workbook and 8 self hypnosis tracks are provided to support your practice at home. You also have the ongoing support of an experienced Midwife until after the birth of your baby.

What is taught in each class is shown below.

Class one

  • The Picture of Childbirth today
  • The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme materials
  • Defining Hypnosis
  • Acknowledging Pain
  • The Physiology of Birth and the Impact of Fear (Hormones)
  • The Mind / Body connection
  • The Impact of Others 
  • Cloak of protection (Hypnosis session)
  • Taking charge of your thoughts

Class two

  • Baby Bonding
  • What is Relaxation?
  • Positions for Relaxation
  • Breathing techniques for birth
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Eyes Open Hypnosis
  • Time Distortion
  • Anchoring through your senses
  • Birth Partners practice
  • Establishing a practice routine
  • Cove of confidence (Hypnosis session)

Class three

  • Bonding with your baby
  • Choosing where to have your baby
  • Choosing your birth partner
  • Alternative options for promoting comfort
  • Medical intervention
  • Naturally inducing labour (Avoiding Induction)
  • Benefits of a natural birth
  • Writing your birth plan and making your birth choices
  • Physical preparations for birth
  • The mirror mantra
  • Fear release session (Hypnosis session)

Class four

  • Soothing strokes and the power of positive touch (Massage)
  • Birth positions
  • Ligaments and pelvis demonstration
  • Humming your baby down - (Breathing technique)
  • Birth partner’s role
  • Using the techniques during labour
  • Your baby's arrival
  • Sea of Serenity (Hypnosis session)
  • Your practice and preparation diary

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