The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme is a complete antenatal education programme which combines modern hypnobirthing techniques with general birth preparation and planning advice. Group classes are taught regularly at Carlisle Therapies, provided by Bumps Cumbria.


Unlike other, traditional hypnobirthing courses, the Wise Hippo programme has no focus on a ‘natural’ or ‘drug free’ birth, although many of our mums are pleased to achieve this. Instead, the emphasis is on the empowerment of both you and your birth partner, using the knowledge and skills you gain on the Wise Hippo course to help you stay calm and in control during your labour. That way, you know that whatever happens, your birth will be the right one for you, on the day.

For example, you will learn about:

  • The physiology of birth
  • The interaction of hormones during the labour process, including your body’s natural pain killers
  • The influence of your emotional state on your physical experience of birth
  • What to expect in labour, from the first signs to the first moments with your newborn
  • How to keep your mind and body calm, so as to promote the most efficient, most comfortable birth for you and your baby
  • How your birth partner can support you effectively and stay one step ahead as labour advances
  • Hypnosis techniques that can be used to override any doubts or fears about pregnancy and birth
  • The important things to think about, talk about and write about in your birth plan
  • How to communicate effectively with your caregivers throughout your pregnancy, so that each decision you make can be taken with confidence and control, even when thrown a curve-ball

The ideal time to start your Wise Hippo course is from 20 weeks gestation, however Bumps also offers an introductory course called ‘Bumps Basics’ which is suitable at any time during your pregnancy. This is a shorter class which can be used as a ‘taster’ for the full programme, and costs only £25 per couple (fully refundable if you choose to upgrade to the Wise Hippo course).

About the instructor
Ali is an experienced and practising midwife, with a range of experience from high risk labour wards to homebirth teams. She has seen the value in birth hypnosis in all these environments, and chose to start teaching the Wise Hippo Programme because of its adaptability to all birth choices and birth experiences. Pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable, but Ali knows that by knowing your options, and your body, you can achieve the right birth for you!

Practitioner
Alison Raine

Session Times
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At Carlisle Therapies we offer a range of pregnancy services including: pregnancy acupuncture, pregnancy massage and pregnancy yoga.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.