Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of completing The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme?

There are many benefits from completing the programme. Research has shown that women using hypnobirthing and relaxation techniques have shorter labours, less need for medication and intervention, and their babies have higher Agpar scores.

By learning and practising our techniques you will be more able to relax and stay calm in labour, allowing your body to do what it knows how to do naturally. You will feel more confident and empowered and able to trust your instincts during labour. We call the techniques we teach you ‘tools for life’ and they will be useful long after your birth, in any situation that requires you to stay calm and trust your instincts.

We will teach you techniques to help release any fear and tension during labour, to help you feel in control no matter what path your birthing takes, enabling you to make informed decisions on the day for you and your baby. Your baby will also benefit from all of the feel good hormones which are released when you are calm and relaxed.

We will provide practical birth preparation advice enabling you to feel fully prepared, confident and ready for the birth of your baby. We also teach you the importance of the birth partner role and how they can protect and support Mums practically, physically and emotionally helping them feel safe and stay relaxed during labour.


What is the difference between The Wise Hippo and Hypnobirthing?

I teach The Wise Hippo Birthing programme which uses hypnosis techniques. There are many birthing programme that use hypnosis that are collectively labelled 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.


Are midwives supportive of The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme?

Please follow this link to see what midwives have to say about the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme and the difference it is making to the births that they attend.


I am having an induction, c section or intervention – will the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme be right for me?

Absolutely! The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is designed so that you can use the techniques and tools no matter what path your birthing takes. The relaxation techniques we teach you are designed to help you stay calm throughout your birthing experience, and our aim is to inform and empower you to give you the confidence to make the decisions that are right for you and your baby on the day.


My baby is due very soon. Is it too late to do the classes?

It is never too late to prepare yourself for your baby’s birth! Please contact me and let me know when you are due and we can work out a plan of action. I will be as flexible as possible to accommodate your requirements.

We recommend attending the class over 4 weeks but this can be taught in a shorter time frame if necessary. If you feel the full course is not possible in the time you have left then we can look at alternative options such as the one off “Relax, Breathe and Birth” class. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your options – I will help you as much as I can!


Will The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme definitely work for me?

The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is like learning anything new – the more committed you are to learning, practising the techniques and listening to the MP3s, the more you will get out of the course. The more you practice the tools and techniques, the more natural they will feel on the day.

We are continually asking our clients for feedback on how the programme helped them. In our recent published statistics we were told the following by 144 clients who had returned birth outcome forms:

  • 100% said they felt prepared and confident about their birth after they had completed their classes;
  • 100% said they were able to successfully use what they had learnt on the course during their labour and birth;
  • 100% said they were able to make calm, informed choices;
  • 100% said they know that their baby had the right birth on the day.


Will I have a pain free birth after completing The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme?

We don’t like to use the word ‘pain’ as this can mean different things to different people. We all experience the concept of pain differently and describe it in different ways – what may feel uncomfortable to one person may feel like agony to another. We have no way of knowing how you experience pain and therefore we cannot guarantee you a pain free birth. 

However we do know that a pain free birth is possible! We do know the physiology of birth and what causes pain and discomfort in labour. We do know that the more relaxed you are during birth the more comfortable you will feel. We will teach you the science behind this, make you aware of the reasons we may not be relaxed in labour (fear, tension, emotions) and provide you with the techniques to help you feel relaxed and as comfortable as possible. The more you practice what we teach you the more effective these techniques will be.

We do not focus on you achieving a pain free birth because this is setting an expectation and we don’t want you to feel that you have to meet any expectations. Our focus is on you having a positive and empowering birth experience, and for your baby to have the right birth on the day, no matter what path your birthing takes.

If you would like to see a positive and empowering Wise Hippo birth, check out this blog and video!


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