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Antenatal classes for vaginal birth

If you are planning on having a vaginal birth, a VBAC (vaginal birth after a cesarean section), or a HBAC (home birth after c-section) then this will be the course option for you.

If you know it is likely you will be induced click here. If you are pregnant with twins or triplets please click here.

This course is suitable for all pregnant ladies regardless of type of birth, special circumstances or number of previous pregnancies. Parents who have found their previous birth traumatic or felt the experience wasn't as positive as it could of been have really found the course useful with changing their next birth experience.

If nearer to your baby's birth you start to consider an induction or a planned (elective) c-section then we can look at the additional courses on offer to ensure you are getting the support you want or need.

What is the course duration?

The course is covered over 10 teaching hours. Normally this is over 4 x 2 1/2 hour sessions, for private classes this can be flexible. Please click here for upcoming course dates.

What does the course cover?

Class 1

  • The Picture of Childbirth today
  • The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme materials
  • The Physiology of Birth and the Impact of Fear
  • Acknowledging Pain
  • Mind / Body connection
  • Defining Hypnosis
  • The Impact of Others
  • Taking charge of your thoughts

Class 2

  • 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 3

  • 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 4

  • 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 included in the course?

10 hours teaching time

The Wise Hippo Manual

9 MP3's - birth affirmations mp3

                 relax with nature mp3

                 background music mp3

                 cloak of protection mp3

                 bond and breathe mp3

                 cove of confidence mp3

                 sea of serenity mp3

                 post body birth nurturing mp3

                 post body c-section nurturing mp3

Access to the "hip club" facebook page

On-going support via email text or phone as you require up to and after baby is born.

How much does it cost?

Group £199 per couple

Private £350 per couple

Place secured with a £50 non refundable deposit.

What are the next course dates?


24 April

1 May

15 May or 17 May

22 May


29 May

5 June

12 June

19 June


26 June

3 July

17 July

24 July

Private courses can be arranged for a mutually convebient time.

Have questions?  

I can be contacted for a chat on 01246 768140 or 07746 860304 or if you prefer via email at [email protected]