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A good birth experience isn't defined by the events which unfold during birth, rather how a woman FEELS about her birth. By learning tools, techniques and information to help you make the right decisions for you and your baby, you are able to remain calm, relaxed and in control, no matter what path your birthing takes. This ensures you have The Right Birth On The Day.


The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is a complete antenatal education programme for expectant mums and their birthing partners.

No matter what aspirations you have for your birth - home birth, hospital birth, with pain relief, without pain relief, induced birth, casearian birth - The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme can help you prepare for your Right Birth On The Day.

We believe there is no one right way to give birth, every birthing mother is different and has her own inividual concerns and wishes for her birth.

Because of this belief we teach invaluable tools, techniques and education to help you prepare for birth in the way that is right for you. And although everything learned in the course will greatly increase your chances of a birth with little or no interventions, this is not a tenet of the programme.


No right, no wrong, no pass, no fail, only -

  • Empowerment

  • Calm

  • Relaxed

  • In control

No matter what path your birthing takes.

The course is run as four,weekly two and a half hour sessions taught from my home in Burntisland on Saturdays or privately in the comfort of your own home on a week night evening.  Times to suit. Courses run continuiosly, please contact me for bookings and availability. Course content below:

  • 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 three

  • 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 one

Class two

  • 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 four

  • 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

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