New Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing) Classes in Bishops Stortford Herts


This is a new class to the Bishops Park Community Centre, Bishops Stortford timetable. These small group hypnobirthing classes are a great way to start feeling more confident about the birth of your baby, give you an excellent insight into the benefits of using hypnosis during childbirth and give you a great opportunity to meet some other local parents due at the same time .


VBAC SUCCESS (Vaginal Birth After a Caesarean section)


“Hi WiseHippo I just wanted to say a big thank you.  I connected with you back in 2013 for your Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing) programme.  Hoping this would help relax me and enable me to handle contractions at home longer.

I was hoping for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After a Caesarean Section) however I never went into labour and hit my scheduled c-section date at 41wks and my son was born.  This year I fell pregnant with my third and had a burning desire for a VBA2C.  On the 16th November 2015 my third baby was born.  And it was an epic Vaginal Birth.  I had control of my birth with your 54321 relax and the birthing affirmations in my mind.  I rocked it so much that I arrived at hospital for a fetal monitoring as I was 11 days overdue, only to be told I was to far in labour and needed to go to delivery.  Long story short my midwife check and I was 10cm and pushing she was born an hour later.  A successful VBA2C. I thought at some points during my journey that I would never be able to experience that moment you look down and hold your baby, but I did and I wanted to share that with you.

Thank you again”


Max’s Birth

Louise and Graham first time parents to Max
He was born using Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing) on 19th May 2015.

So our birth preference was to go into labour naturally and end up at the Lister hospital for the last part of the labour after chilling out at home…..alas this was not the case as I was induced. Without The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme and  Sophie’s fantastic teaching on Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing), I would have had many occasions over the weekend where panic and stress would have ruled. Graham was fantastic and was able to remind me different elements from the course which kept me more relaxed then I would have been otherwise. When I was taken from the ward to the consultant led unit I took it all in my stride because I was so calm and relaxed. The midwives were thrilled we were using Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing),  they supported and encouraged us throughout. The breathing techniques and anchors gave constant support and made it possible to give birth to Max weighing 9lb15, standing holding onto a fabric support when my surges were strongest, without any pain relief!!! The course allowed me to zone out and even fall asleep between surges.

I felt absolutely epic, able to achieve anything and on an absolute natural high!! Max arrived after a 6.5 hr active labour, he fed straight away and has not stopped since.

We listened to The Wise Hippo Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing) mp3’s each night and the affirmations whilst ironing . Your subconscious really does take on board the mp3’s and ‘One Born Every Minute’ becomes a thing of the past. We cannot recommend the course enough and would be more than happy to chat with any couple thinking about enrolling on Sophie’s course because we can’t see why everyone doesn’t use Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing).


Does Bishops Stortford need convincing about Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing)?

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Helping women in Bishops Stortford achieve
‘The Right Birth on the Day’

The following has been obtained from birth outcome surveys, completed by 144 Wise Hippo clients, which is 10% of the number of clients who had birthed at the time this information was compiled.

Our vision is to empower all pregnant women, and their partners, to trust themselves and the choices they make, so they can achieve the best birth possible and know their baby had ‘the right birth on the day’. We are therefore pleased to report that 100% of Wise Hippo Birthing clients, who returned their birth outcome reports, have told us that they know that their baby had the right birth on the day.

Clients are telling us that they had ‘the right birth on the day’

100% of respondents, some from Hertfordshire and the Bishops Stortford area, also let us know that they felt prepared and confident about their birth after they had completed their classes and that they were able to successfully use what they had learnt during their labour and birth.

Clients are saying that they felt fully prepared for birth

72% of respondents achieved the birth that they were hoping for. What makes us unique is that our clients do not feel like they have failed, or worse traumatised, if they don’t achieve that. We know there is no such thing as the ‘right’ way to birth, just the right birth on the day. We set realistic expectations for birth that leave our clients feeling successful.

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Clients have let us know that they were able to successfully use what they had learnt

100% of respondents have also said that they were able to make calm, informed choices. We believe this may have a bearing on the reduction in the percentage of women requiring a C-section, and of those whose labour was induced, as compared with the most recent maternity statistics for England (2013/14).


Clients have told us that they were able to make calm informed choices

We want all women to have access to our life changing education and a key part of that is our non-judgemental approach to what is deemed to be the ‘right birth’. We want to clarify therefore that The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme Bishops Stortford does not focus on a ‘natural birth without drugs’. This is an important consideration as we look at the following figures. Although a low requirement for pain relieving drugs such as pethidine, diamorphine and the epidural is a by-product of our programme, some women attend our courses simply to help them let go of fear and build their confidence and not because they want to avoid for example the use of the epidural.


We believe every birth is an achievement and we want women to feel proud of themselves and the choices they make however it happens

Finally we will look at where our Wise Hippo Birthing clients are having their babies. Ultimately women will choose to birth where they feel ‘safe’. Even for those considered to be high risk who plan to birth in the hospital, or indeed those having a planned C-section, a decision has been made based on what they believe is safe for them.

18% of Wise Hippo clients birthed at home compared to the 2013 national statistics for England and Wales of 2.3%.

60% of Wise Hippo clients birthed at hospital compared to the 2013 national statistics for England and Wales of 90%.

At the time of writing comparative figures could not be obtained for Birthing Centre or Midwife Led Unit births.

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The Wise Hippo Hertfordshire is based in Bishops Stortford and also covers Sawbridgeworth, Stansted, The Hadhams, The Rodings and Harlow.


Penelope’s Beautiful Birth story

A few words from Nooshin who gave birth to Penelope
on Saturday 28th March 2015 – A Beautiful Birth

 image1“In the lead up to my birth I had a variety of mixed emotion, sheer excitement but also a real feeling of anxiety which ruled my emotions. I had been exposed to a variety of negative birth stories and these had essentially become my birth story and how I assumed I would also birth. Over this period, a few girls from my NCT group had completed a Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing) course and Sophie was recommended to me.

After a lovely telephone conversation, Sophie came to my house with her magic hands and wonderful positive outlook on labour. She literally helped me retrain my negative thought patterns turning my birth story into a positive experience and in the end something I looked forward to. After some reflexology with Sophie my waters broke the day before I was booked for induction and twelve hours later Penelope was born. Using the hypnobirthing techniques that Sophie had taught me, my labour was a controlled and focused experience – even the doctors remarked on how calm and controlled I was at the end! I can’t explain the pure elation I felt after my beautiful birth and being handed my baby girl. I felt like super women and have Sophie from The Wise Hippo in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire to thank for helping me create a truly wonderful and beautiful birth experience.”


Relax, Breathe and Birth classes starting in Stansted, Essex

Spangles SureStart Centre - Bishops Stortford Herts.New for 2015 – Relax, Breathe and Birth Classes starting on April 20th 2015 at 7pm at Spangles SureStart Centre, Stansted, Essex.

This 2.5 hr class offers a great introduction into the principles and practical techniques of Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing) using The Wise Hippo Programme. It’s a great opportunity for couples considering the full 10.5 hr programme to see if this would be of benefit before committing financially.  The Relax, Breathe and Birth class costs £25.00 and this fee will be deducted if you choose to progress further with your birth preparation and complete the full 10.5 hr Wise Hippo Birthing Programme.

For booking or further information about Hypnosis for Childbirth (Hypnobirthing), please contact sophie@wisehippoherts.co.uk or call on 07977 932188.


Is Hypnobirthing just for Hippies?

In answer No!

When i first came across Hypnobirthing (Hypnosis for Childbirth) I really thought it was just for hippies that are good at meditating and generally being zen. I would have put myself firmly in the anxious “Can I have my epidural please?” category thus presuming Hypnobirthing was not for me.

After a difficult first birth and out of desperation I went along to a free introduction evening near Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire where I live, where there was not a joss-stick or Buddha in sight but a pregnant mix of city professionals, medical professionals, first time mums, third time mums, VBAC ( mothers who previously had c sections) fashionistas and moi.

The instructor was perfectly sane and spoke a lot of sense. A huge sigh of relief was heard in unison when she explained hypnosis is just deep relaxation and something we experience quite often in our daily lives. Being so engrossed in a good film or book that you forget your surroundings, reaching your destination but not recalling the car journey but Paul McKenna it was not, phew!