2018 Training team

Why Wise Hippo?

Ever since I stumbled across hypnobirthing in 2007 I have not stopped talking about it, teaching it, training others to teach it and attending births with parents using it. Hypnobirthing is a great birth choice and one of the only ways to help you achieve the right birth on the day for you and your precious baby. I am a Mother of two, Nurse, Hypnotherapist, Birth doula, Teacher and Midwife Trainer, Former Chair of UK HypnoBirthing,  Founder of World Hypnobirthing Day ( 21st March) and Author of The Birth Path book.

Tamara Cianfini x

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Improving treatment and education

I had 2 main focuses in mind when putting together The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme.  Firstly, I wanted to improve the way parents were being treated and educated at this very special time in their lives. It is a time where you deserve to be treated like the most important person in the world, after all you will soon be bringing another life into the world and this needs to be celebrated. The way you prepare for birth matters and how you choose to do it will directly affect the outcome of your birth experience.

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You're in good hands

I wanted to create a Hypnobirthing Programme that was modern, up to date and fun to teach but why the name 'The Wise Hippo'?

WISE - When you make a decision based on careful thought and good judgment, you've made a wise choice. Parents that choose to prepare for birth using the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme value knowledge & education. Knowledge is power! The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme will empower you and your birth partner with the wisdom and insight to guide you towards achieving The Right Birth On The Day.

HIPPO - Means you are born great, and you have the potential to become whoever you want to be. The hippopotamus symbolism demonstrates strength and courage, calmness during times of crisis, maternal instincts, and the ability to navigate through your emotions with clarity. On a google search you will find that the hippo is often depicted as representing fertility and childbirth...the perfect mascot to represent what we stand for! Each year we sponsor a real life hippo and her name is 'Relief'. She was chosen by the Wise Hippo community and her name couldn't be more perfect for how our parents feel when they meet their babies for the first time.

You may even have noticed the word play on 'hypnobirthing'?   

It is important that Wise Hippo teachers have access to the best hypnobirthing training and materials for their classes. Customer service and reputation is everything! I rely on attracting passionate teachers that are committed to making birth better for all with this life changing education. Some teachers choose to use the word 'hypnobirthing' in their business and others choose to use The Wise Hippo name exclusively. Hypnobirthing is a modern name for something that has always existed. (See The Birth Path book, by Tamara Cianfini for more information on 'why the name 'hypnobirthing') 

It helped me to cope and remain calm despite changes to my birth plan and to make informed choices which weighed risk vs ideals.

Ellie Lewis
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We prepare you

Hypnobirthing will ensure that you are in the best place mentally and remove any fears as you prepare for the birth of your precious baby and parenthood.

Mental Health and wellbeing is important to us and it is one of the main reasons why we choose to teach this particular type of education. Hypnobirthing will ensure that you are in the best place mentally and remove any fears as you prepare for the birth of your precious baby and parenthood.

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We value community

The Wise Hippo would not be where it is today without the incredible teachers in the Wise Hippo POD.

They are passionate about supporting women and their partners with their birth preparations and you will find yours dedicated to support you every step of the way. It is important to find a teacher that is just right for you so make sure you do your research first before booking a Hypnobirthing course.

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What to expect

When you join a Wise Hippo course and start practicing with your birth partner it will become a very special time that you spend together, focusing on preparing in the best possible way and feeling great through your pregnancy and looking forward to a positive birth experience for all. If you are also thinking about attending an NCT or NHS course then Hypnobirthing will compliment any other Antenatal course on the market.

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