HypnoBirthing- The Wise Hippo Way!
I choose to teach The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme, a fresh modern approach to old style hypnobirthing. Traditional ‘Hypnobirthing’ is often perceived as natural childbirth without drugs- that if you do everything the book says, you will have the perfect birth. I am honest with everyone that works with me- this kind of guarantee is just not possible. It doesn’t need to be pain free or drug free to be an amazing experience. And, life has a habit of throwing us a curve ball from time to time, and sometimes babies simply have other ideas on the birthing day!
The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme will teach you how to relax emotionally and physically, and how to plan for a feeling of success no matter what path your birthing takes.
The Wise Hippo was established by Dany Griffiths and Tamara Cianfini.
Both are hypnobirthing mums and have many years of experience in educating and supporting women and their partners with their birth preparations.
At the Wise Hippo we teach expectant couples about “the right birth on the day for you and your baby,” and provide you with tested tools and techniques to achieve this. So that, no matter what type of birth you have, ultimately you and your partner have a positive birth experience. Actually, when we get feedback after the birth, we know that many mums did achieve a natural birth without drugs and intervention, using the Wise Hippo tools and techniques.
Those that did have an intervention, know that they made the right informed decisions on the day, and were empowered to do so. An outcome of healthy mum, healthy baby, and positive birth experience for both parents, lasting which is a really great way to start off as a new family unit.
No matter how their baby is born the Wise Hippo mums do not feel they have failed, let down or guilty, as they and their partners know that they had the right birth on the day, which gives a sense of achievement every time!
Couples leave my classes feeling calm, confident and looking forward to the birth of their baby!
Watch this video (featuring me!) to see what midwives think of The Wise Hippo HypnoBirthing?
Parents report back, that no matter the circumstances, the Wise Hippo techniques made an invaluable difference.
“We put everything into practice that Louise shared with us. We felt calm, empowered and relaxed. Not sure how I would have got through it without it. I’m still using the relaxation techniques after giving birth.”
What is the “hypnosis” in HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is a programme of antenatal education for preparing the mind and body for birth. Self hypnosis, deep relaxation, visualisation and birth education are the tools and techniques you will be taught that will enable you to have a calmer, more relaxed, comfortable and easier birth.
There is nothing to be scared of! Hypnosis is simply a deep form of relaxation, facilitating a calm, peaceful state of mind. We all go in and out of hypnotic states naturally, many times daily. Examples of this are; when we are engrossed in a really good film or TV programme, when we are driving in the car and reach our destination but don’t remember the journey, and when we get caught up in daydreams, or simply doing something routine.
These are all hypnosis, but we may be more familiar to calling it “tuning out”, or being “in the zone”. Top athletes often use similar techniques to prepare themselves to fully focus on the task ahead. But, everyone can achieve amazing results with hypnosis, even if you have never done any meditation, or yoga or anything like that before!
HypnoBirthing - What does it feel like?
You will be fully conscious and aware of everything that is going on around you. You will be fully conversant. There may be times when you choose to tune out, and other moments when you may decide to engage in conversation with your birthing partner or caregivers. You will be aware of your surges (contractions) but can determine the extent to which you experience them. You will feel less fatigued and fresher when it comes to the time for you to birth your baby. Using hypnosis in your birthing, you will feel calm, relaxed and fully in control of your birthing at all times.
Reported benefits include:
- Calmer, more comfortable birth experience
- Enables your partner to play an integral role in your birthing
- Reduces the need for medical intervention
- Increases your chances of having a natural birth
- Promotes bonding between mum, baby and birth partner
- Improved recovery after the birth
- A more relaxed baby, that is more likely to feed and settle more easily
- Calmer births with less intervention can be helpful in a baby latching on to the breast more easily and the successful establishment of breastfeeding.
Why Choose the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme Over Conventional Antenatal Classes?
The difference between conventional antenatal classes and the Wise Hippo is that conventional antenatal classes will tell you that you should relax when you are birthing. In these, I will teach you how to relax, giving you all the necessary tools to do this, and of course, you will learn how to plan to have “the right birth on the day.”