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The Wise Hippo


The Wise Hippo programmes are not only about pregnancy and birth, 

our life changing education creates strong, confident parents who inherently trust themselves and, by using their natural instincts, make choices that are right for themselves and their families.


Wise Hippo Course Content


The Hypnobirthing Programme is a complete 12 hour course that runs as 4 x 3 hour classes.


A workbook and 5 x mp3s are provided to support your practice at home.


Group classes cost £250 whilst private classes cost £400.
Additional surcharges may apply to cover travel costs to your own home

if more than 20 miles from me.


Group Courses held in Forfar

Fee: £250


please contact me to book your place

and then make payment here

or ask for BACS details 


Class One

  • 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 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 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 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

What is The Right Birth on the Day?

Whilst it makes sense to focus on the birth you want, sometimes life throws us shitty curve balls, which is why it is important to know that no matter what you can have the right birth on the day. It's perfectly fine to be upset or even angry if life throws you that shitty curve ball and you don't get the birth you worked so hard for. Of course you are going to feel that way. BUT and its a big but, if you have been part of all the decisions around the deviation away from your birth plans, you will feel confident in the knowledge that you did everything you could to ensure that your baby had the right birth on the day and that helps you feel better about any disappointment. The tools you learned from the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme will prove invaluable as you cope with any of those curve balls.

The right birth on the day specialised sessions.

To ensure that I can be by your side no matter what you need in relation to your baby’s birth, there are also some specialised sessions in The RIGHT birth on the day systemTM should you need them.

  • The 4 session birthing programme has additional information for Twins and VBACs.

  • There is also a specialised Confident Caesarean Section Programme.

  • If you find later on in pregnancy that your baby is breech then there is the option for a breech turn session and/or a breech birth session if required.

  • Should you find that you are facing induction there is a session to help get labour started and also one to help you prepare for induction if needs be.

  • For those interested in having a Lotus birth there is also a session for that too.

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Next Course:

to be advised. Please contact me to be the first to know of the next available dates.

I used Wise Hippo for both my births and can honestly say that, despite my first labour resulting in a transfer from a small midwife led unit to a consultant led Labour suite in a city hospital with spinal and forceps delivery, I couldn't have done it without the teachings of The Wise Hippo. Midwives were so impressed with how calm I seemed throughout the whole labour due to me really focussing on the breathing techniques and listening to the MP3s. My husband was able to use the B.R.A.I.N.S questions in the hospital to help decide the best course of action when things didn't go to plan which really helped both of us to view the birth of our first son with such positive feelings that we definitely had the right birth on the day. 2nd birth was completely different with a planned home water birth and again, the breathing really focussed me and my 9lb 4oz baby boy was born within 14 mins of me getting in the pool with no pain relief!! Such positive and very happy memories of the birth only 4 weeks ago!

L.H. - Angus, Scotland, 2nd August 2017

"Hi Karen, just to let you know little ***** was born yesterday morning, right on his EDD. Things didn't go according to our birth preferences but we used Wise Hippo throughout the whole experience, which helped enormously and we both feel very confident that we had the right birth on the day. The teachings of the Wise Hippo really helped us to make difficult decisions, ending up with an epidural and forceps delivery. All of the midwifery team, consultants and surgeons said they were amazed at how well I'd coped, using only occasional gas and air and one consultant said I was the most impressive 'laborour' she had ever seen! Thank you so much for all your help in getting us prepared to welcome our wee boy into the world. Xx "

- new mother

For more information about two associated classes from the Wise Hippo team:

"We can't thank you enough for the information, skills and tools you gave us through the Wise Hippo programme that helped us have the most powerfully amazing experience of our lives"

- new mother

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