International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 51 - Page 123

We’ve all heard of hypnobirthing, but The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is a new modern version with a difference.  Set to revolutionize this often misunderstood, yet highly effective birthing support method, the programme has been designed specific to women birthing in the UK. The programme consists of four classes, preparing couples so they are informed about the options and choices available to them.  It imparts them with the knowledge they need to focus on the birth being a normal and natural event, and helps take away the ‘fear’ of the birthing process.  Couples are taught how to relax and remain calm during labour, supported with a manual with all the information they need including a practice diary and a birth plan, and MP3 files which can be downloaded directly from the Wise Hippo website. Why is the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme different to any other? With a completely unique approach, the programme has been designed to discuss what the perfect birth is, not what you would expect.  The couple are fully involved in what happens during their baby’s birth, making the decisions which are right for them.  This means that women don’t look back and feel that their birth was not successful or that they have failed in some way.  The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme does not ignore pain, but rather chooses to explore what pain is, and how our emotional state, the attention we give to sensations and expectations, impact on what we feel.  Finally, the programme promotes the woman’s right to choose – what is right for them and not what others dictate.  In short, it empowers women so they believe they had the right birth on the day, it does not set them unrealistic goals, which in turn can lead to disappointment.