the wise hippo birthing programme


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The Wise Hippo birthing classes will take you through a comprehensive ante-natal programme. These classes cover not only the physiological processes of your body in preparation for and during birth and how your body reacts to anxiety and negative thought patterns, but will also teach you valuable tools to remain calm and relaxed for a more comfortable birth.

The classes are taught in four 2½ hour sessions, usually one per week, which will allow you time to reflect, absorb and practise what you have learnt. In each of these sessions you will learn hypnosis/ deep relaxation techniques and practical tools, giving you the confidence to have the right birth on the day.

Everything that you learn in your Wise Hippo classes will be available to you throughout your pregnancy and birth, including:
• Your own comprehensive handbook that covers everything you will be learning in class.
• Five audio mp3s available to download to support your practise at home
• Ongoing support from me by phone or email until the birth of your baby.

Group classes
My group classes are kept purposely small - a maximum of five couples, and are currently held at the Tarka Clinic in Barnstaple.
Group classes are £120 per couple. This will include all your tuition, course materials and support.

Private classes
Private classes are held in the comfort of either your home or mine (in Braunton), at mutually agreed times.
Private classes are £190 per couple. This will include all your tuition, course materials and support plus and a postnatal debrief.
If you would like to hold a small class at your home with a group of friends, this can be arranged.

Course content
The table below shows what you will be taught during each Wise Hippo class.

class 1

Class 1
• 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
wise hippo class 4

Class 4
• 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
class 3

Class 2
• 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
class 3

Class 3
• 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

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