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It's not what you think it is

Many associate hypnosis with stage hypnosis. I promise I won't have you clucking like a chicken or looking into my eyes and losing consciousness. This is staged. In short, hypnobirthing takes you into a relaxed state. It'll be a trance-like state we use every day such as daydreaming, enjoying a good movie and drifting off to sleep.

Mothers will learn powerful techniques that ensure that they are able to remain emotionally and physically relaxed during labour enabling their body to work at its best. This in turn will also ensure that they are able to remain calm and in control throughout their labour no matter what turn their birthing takes.

Everything we teach on The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is based on physiological and medical fact and is how the mind is already working. In fact there isn’t anything new to learn we are just taking what the mind is doing and looking at it from a different perspective.

Here's what the course teaches:

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

Class 2

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

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

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