Hypnobirthing Cheshire – The Wise Hippo at Mother Nature Sanctuary
I’d heard a lot of good things about hypnobirthing so when I started thinking about the birth of Mini Mumbler 3, I looked around for hypnobirthing classes in Cheshire. The lovely ladies in the Chat Group once again came to my rescue, recommending various local hypnobirthing courses. A name that came up a few times was The Wise Hippo, so I was delighted to find out that the lovely Siobhan at Mother Nature Sanctuary in Bollington, one of my favourite venues, offered the course. I signed up and had my first session last week…
There’s a section dedicated to local hypnobirthing classes in Cheshire here.
I’ve decided to blog about my hypnobirthing journey to give other mums-to-be an insight into what it’s all about. I myself didn’t (and still don’t really!) have any idea what to expect so we’ll be learning together…When I had Mini Mumbler 1 I didn’t come across ‘hypnobirthing’ and nobody I knew had tried it. I endured (I think thats the right word!) a 3 day labour which was pretty awful, and led me to choose an elective c section for Mini Mumbler 2. This time round though, with 2 little ones running round, I don’t fancy the thought of not being able to do anything for them for weeks on end so have opted for a VBAC.
Since having Mini Mumbler 1, I’m coming across the phrase ‘hypnobirthing’ more and more. I admit I was (and remain!) a bit skeptical at how having a baby could be anything but a test of how much torture one person can handle (!!) but when a couple of close friends had pretty unbelievable birth experiences which they put down to hypnobirthing, I thought it must be worth a try.
There are a few hypnobirthing courses available – I’ve opted for The Wise Hippo programme on the back of some recommendations from the Chat Group and having read up about it. It’s predominantly taught down South at the moment so we’re really lucky to have Siobhan at Mother Nature Sanctuary offering it up here. I was attracted to its acceptance that there’s no such thing as a universally ‘perfect’ birth. Instead, it gives a woman the tools to aim for ‘the right birth on the day’ for you and your baby, whatever that may be, and to cope with and embrace any curve balls which might come along, through deep relaxation techniques. For me, anything under 72 hours will be a win – and if we can avoid an induction, failed epidural and curious case of non healing stitches, all the better!!
There’s not too much to report after the first session since it was very fact heavy and we talked mainly about what we’re going to do rather than doing it. Siobhan delved deep into the physiology of birth and explained how our fears can have a direct impact on our birth experience – making our muscles physically seize up. Siobhan assured me that I’m going to become an expert in relaxation, practicing methods I will use during the birth (and beyond – they’ll probably come in handy when I’ve got 3 under 4…..) and explained how the course would help me to replace the negative thoughts and fears I have about birth with calm, positive ones. I admit I’m still a little dubious but Siobhan, who has had three children using these techniques herself, is so convinced that hypnobirthing works, and speaks so passionately about it, I find myself getting a bit excited to be giving it a go at least.
The session lasted a good couple of hours but was so relaxed and informative the time flew by. I came away with a far greater understanding of how our bodies work and the theory behind birth which even in itself made me a feel a bit better about the whole thing! I’ve been given some ‘birth affirmations’ to listen to at home (I haven’t done that yet so will report back in the next blog!) and am told that we’ll be really getting into the relaxation bit next week which I’m looking forward to. I’ll let you know how it goes!