First we need to look at the overall picture with the NHS and Hypnobirthing.
Tamara (our head Hippo) works tirelessly to raise awareness of The Wise Hippo birthing method and she’s worked with and trained LOADS of NHS midwives.
I am SO delighted to be in an area where the NHS midwives are trained in the Wise Hippo birthing method. This is music to my ears. The NHS and Hypnobirthing are NOT separate. They midwives don’t want to tell you what to do and boss you around, they want to see you have an awesome birth and help support you through that.
So what do the NHS in Scotland say about Hypnobirthing and The Wise Hippo?
Then there’s Scotland, where I am – there is this page on the NHS Highland website which says “One of the techniques NHS Highland offers is the Wise Hippo birthing programme which uses self-hypnosis, relaxation and massage techniques to help take the fear and anxiety out of giving birth.”
I was there in 2016 on the day the NHS Highland midwives got their training – and my son was only a week old! The training is now compulsory for midwives in Highland (according to a Grampian Midwife I met today) and that makes me so happy to see that the NHS and Hypnobirthing are aligning.
Before Wise Hippo I did another Hypnobirthing training which I felt was too focused on home birth and going against the midwives, what I want to do is encourage the expectant parents out there to ask about their local NHS and hypnobirthing and realise they can work with them to have an exceptional experience.
Seeing all the midwives I’d just spent time with who had trained in this amazing antenatal method was fabulous and I feel so happy that the local midwives here in Scotland are really motoring forward with this and putting it as part of their birth planning work! So this is the Highlands and I hope to make it part of my mission to help The Wise Hippo roll it out throughout Scotland so all expecting mums in Scotland know what they can achieve with a positive birth experience, regardless of the outcome!
Where do you live?
If you live in any of these areas and want to have a Hypnobirthing instructor then I can help you. The chances are if you have an assisted delivery, your midwife will know AND SUPPORT your Wise Hippo Hypnobirthing – how cool is that? For ease, the areas are: NHS Somerset, NHS Highland, East and North Hertfordshire, Sandwell and West Birmingham, North Middlesex University Hospital, Basildon and Thurrock, Royal Wolverhampton, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s, The QE Hospital King’s Lynn, Isle of Wight, Surrey and Sussex, Walsall, London South Bank University and there will be more!
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I give you an amazing face to face feel over zoom as I’ve done it all my life in a previous job, I want you all to feel supported so wherever you are in the UK you know you can have the support of not only me but the midwives you work with in your baby’s birth!