Our Courses and Programmes

Now live and on-line

I am committed to offering courses that help and support women and that don't create pressure to have the perfect birth. These classes allow couples to create a positive mindset about birth, while building their confidence. I offer The Wise Hippo Birthing Programmes because the tools that you will learn are tools for any outcome - perfect or not. In short, they are tools for life and they are based on a philosophy that mirrors my own.

I am delighted to now be able to offer these classes on-line

You can find out more about The Wise Hippo and their programmes here.

“Empowered parents create empowered children who, as they grow, can change the world”.

LIVE and On-line

8-Hour Course taught over Zoom video conferencing

Usually taught over 4x2 hour classes via Zoom video. Benefit from a wealth of knowledge and experience from a midwife and antenatal teacher while connecting with others in this time of social distancing. Also included is as follows:

 

The Wise Hippo workbook manual (choice of e-book or hard copy posted to you) to support your practice at home

 

Beautifully scripted MP3s to help you with your preparation

 

Online client area access on The Wise Hippo website 

 

Support from Anna and other experts via online 

 

Access to your client area on The Wise Hippo website

 

Access to The Wise Hippo Hub that includes over 90 videos and other resources to support your preparation

 

Skills for life-pregnancy, birth & beyond    

 

  What will I learn in each class?

Class One

 

  • The history of childbirth

  • The Picture of Childbirth today

  • The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme materials

  • Defining Hypnosis

  • What is Pain?

  • The Physiology of Birth and the Impact of Fear

  • Mind / Body connection

  • The Impact of Others

  • Tools to help you take charge of your thoughts; Cloak of Protection, Birth Affirmations and the Thought Exchange.

  • Birth video and discussion

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

  • Birth video & discussion

 

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

  • Due dates

  • Natural nudges of encouragement for your baby

  • Birth planning

  • Physical preparations for birth

  • The mirror mantra

  • Fear release session

  • Birth video & discussion

Class Four

  • Soothing strokes and the power of positive touch

  • Positions for birth & active birth techniques

  • Ligaments and pelvis

  • Humming your baby down - birthing your baby

  • Birth partner’s role

  • Using the techniques during labour

  • Sign of labour and when to call

  • Birth progresses

  • Baby arrives

  • Sea of Serenity – Birth Hypnosis session

  • The third stage of labour

  • Birth video & discussion

Join a group glass for the LIVE and on-line course for £225

One to One either in your own home (once current restrictions allow) or on-line for £350

Antenatal Class LIVE and On-line - Relax Breathe and Birth

3 hour Antenatal class that combines The Wise Hippo essentials and Anna's midwifery expertise.

 

Suitable as a one-off antenatal class, refresher or as part of the full programme, this standalone session is ideal from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Together we cover the essential tools and techniques to use before, during and after birth. Topics covered include birth planning, relaxation and breathing techniques, the birth partners role, communication tools and tips to encourage baby in the best positions for pregnancy and birth. Mp3’s are sent to you via email once you book and will be used during the class.


 

£55 per couple (Please note the Mp3’s used in this class are recorded by Anna and are developed by The Wise Hippo. They will enhance your online class experience and can be used in your birth preparation practice. They are intended for personal use only and must not be redistributed or shared with third parties). 

 

If couples decide they would like to take the full LIVE and On-line Wise Hippo course with Anna then £55 will be deducted from the full course price.

Hypnobirthing Taster Session on-line

From 16 weeks of pregnancy onward this is a great starting place for those who would like to get a feel for the full birthing programme, who just need a refresher class or want to connect with other pregnant couples in a friendly, informal larger on-line group setting.

This antenatal class combines The Wise Hippo essentials and Anna's midwifery expertise packed into a single 1 hour session.

 

Learn the essential tools and techniques and how you will be able to use them during birth and beyond. Get a feel for what is taught in the full programme and connect with others in this time of lockdown and social distancing.

Currently a free introductory session on-line

Prenatal Bonding

on-line

Bond with Baby Early Pregnancy Class

A chance for mothers (and those close to them) to understand their emotions, take care of their emotional well-being and interact with their babies. 

This 3 hour workshop provides the space for you to think about your feelings regarding pregnancy and becoming a parent, whether that is for the first time or as a growing family. You will then have the necessary tools to share with your partner, ensuring you both enjoy your pregnancy. Give you and your baby the gift of this time to focus just on you. The workshop includes:

The B.E.S.T. Start Solution

B = Bonding. Why is it so important for you, your baby and partner?

E = Emotions. Understanding our emotions and how to take control!

S = Self-care. You are important too! Learn great techniques

T = Time. Creating space to enjoy your pregnancy.

The ideal class for between 16 and 26 weeks of pregnancy,but attending can be beneficial at any time during pregnancy.

£75 per couple includes the 3 hour workshop, a digital handbook of the session and 2 Mp3's and membership of the Best Birth Facebook Group. Contact Anna for details.

Individual Consultations for The Right Birth on the Day

 

1:1 Tailored for you

Everybody has their own journey to pregnancy and this private consultation (usually in your own home or at Anna's house in Aberdeen but currently on-line until Covid-19 restrictions allow) focuses on you. Whether its discussing birth preferences and planning, practising relaxation tools and techniques or simply for a practical refresher. With a private session we can focus on the area's that you and your partner want to discuss. After all, not only is every individual different so is every pregnancy! I'd be happy to discuss before you make an appointment and include the price of the consultation if you decide to take the full course.

£95 per couple private consultation

 

Right Birth on the Day

Workshops are designed to complement the Wise Hippo Birthing programme. It’s never too early or late to discuss your birthing options. These 2 hour sessions are currently being delivered online. Topics for each session include

  • Induction - avoiding induction and preparing for induction

  • VBAC

  • Twins/multiple births

  • Breech

Small class £50 per couple (on-line option only at the moment)

Private £95 per couple (on-line option only)

Please contact Anna for dates and topic for this class.

Confident C-Section Programme LIVE and ON-LINE 

The preparing for a C-section workshop is for clients who have made the decision that a C-section is the right birth them and their baby. It is important that you feel completely involved in the decision. Women who fully understand the need for a C-section are more likely to feel positive about their birth.

This programme runs over 3 x 2 hour sessions and includes a workbook, access to client area on TWH webpage and MP3's

 

Group Course Online £225 per couple 

Private Course Online £320

​All of the sessions are non-judgemental and professionally delivered. Please contact Anna if you would like to find out any more about these options.

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