Yesterday I was in a lift leaving Ikea after a successful kitchen choosing visit! I was chattting to a couple of women with 2( ish) year old children as we went down to our cars. As we left, I noticed that they were both pregnant, so obviously I asked if they would like my card with a view to learning more about Hypbirthing. They said that they had just been chatting about wether it was possible for Hypbirthing to work. Well obviously I gave them my card so that they could go home and take a look at the site if they were interested. One of the mums was taking Belinda Staplehurst's Pregnancy Yoga classes at Stone Monkey in Leamington so I told her that we often share clients as our ethos is so similar.
This leads me to title of this blog. These women didn't know much about the classes I teach, and so they had nothing to base a belief of trust around. Trust that there was something out there to help them to relax during childbirth - something that seems impossible to most pregnant women who haven't looked into the reasons and systems behind the learning. In the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme we believe that whatever turn your birth takes, and there are so many variations, you will be able to use these deeply learned and easily applied skills that you learn at the classes, to great effect during labour. The birth partners learn great skills for helping the woman to remain calm and focussed and as comfortable as possible throughout the labour. The skills you learn are useful to help you to sleep during pregnancy, to relax any tired or achey parts of the body too.
I often see women turning up to lesson one of the 4 lesson course feeling nervous about birth and not really knowing or believing that it is possible to have a birth to look back on fondly. I teach them and laugh with them and listen and share video footage and a mine of local information with them and see them blossom in their confidence over the weeks. It is an absolute joy to launch those couples into the world of birth with deeper understanding and belief in their abilities as a team to achieve the right birth on the day.