The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme

Looking for tools for a safe, comfortable birthing for you & your baby? Learn how to BIRTH WITH CONFIDENCE, release fears, understand your choices, and to feel in control no matter what your maternity journey is.

Selected Saturdays £250 (£50 non-refundable deposit) for a 4wk course


£25 (£10 non-refundable deposit) for the 1.5hr workshop

with Diana Dolton

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The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme

The Wise Hippo is a new approach to birthing. We believe a ‘positive birth’ experience is a state of mind, it’s not defined by what happens during labour and birth but by how a woman feels about her baby’s birth. Because of this belief we are able to teach skills and knowledge that empower women to trust their instincts and ensure that their baby has the right birth on the day.

Childbirth can be an empowering and positive event in your life – one that you will want to remember. With the help of hypnotherapy for birth, The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme will teach you techniques that will enable you to birth your baby in a more comfortable, calm and relaxing environment, and one where you are in control and you need less intervention from others.

You will learn:

  • Fear release methods to allow you to be relaxed and confident for the birth
  • Self-hypnosis inducing deep relaxation
  • Massage techniques – stimulating endorphins, your body’s natural anaesthetic
  • Visualisation exercises to keep you grounded, serene and positive
  • Different breathing techniques for labour and and birth
  • How your mind and body work together efficiently and comfortably

The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme not only prepares you and your birth partner for childbirth in a comprehensive way but also enables your baby to have a gentle birth which has been proven to result in a calmer baby. The classes will encourage you to develop life skills that can help you prepare for and enjoy both a positive birthing experience and the many rewarding years of parenthood that lie beyond.

Diana has been working with parents and children for over 10 years and is a mum to a 3 year old. Having learnt hypnobirthing during pregnancy, she has used the techniques and knows how valuable being relaxed and confident during the birth is.

Come along to a Relax, Breathe & Birth 1.5hr workshop as the first step towards a comprehensive birth preparation programme. This workshop is great as a stand-alone workshop, as a refresher, or as an introduction to the full 4wk Birth Preparation Programme. Click on the titles below for full details, dates and booking information.

Discover the importance of relaxation during birth no matter what turn the birthing takes. Learn essential tools and techniques to help you build up both your ability to relax during pregnancy, birth and beyond. A great workshop either as a refresher or an introduction to the full hypnobirthing Birth Preparation Programme.

The 1.5hr workshop costs £25 per couple. If you decide to enrol in the full 4wk course, the cost of this workshop will be deducted from the cost of the course.

  • Learn tools to help you feel relaxed and confident for the birth
  • Understand how your emotions affect the physiology of birth
  • Learn how to connect with and trust in your natural birthing instincts

Upcoming dates:

Friday August 10th 19:00 – 21:00

Saturday August 11th 10:30 – 12:30

Friday September 7th 19:00 – 21:00

Online booking is available:

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Alternatively, you can contact Diana Dolton directly on 07882 632347, email or speak to our Reception Team at The Wellbeing Centre on 01635 552874 (welcoming phone and drop-in enquiries Monday -Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm excluding Bank Holidays).

The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme is a complete 10 hour course that runs as 4 x 3 hour classes (allowing for a break in the middle and time for questions). The course is currently taught on selected Saturdays (see individual course dates for details). Other course times may also be available from time to time.

The course costs £250 and includes The Wise Hippo workbook and 5 x mp3s to support home practice. Ongoing telephone and email support is also included to ensure that you feel confident and supported as you approach your birthing.

The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme classes can be attended by Mum and Birthing Partner (normally the Dad but doesn’t have to be) ideally between 20 – 34 weeks of pregnancy allowing plenty of time for practice.

What is taught in each class is shown below:

Class one

  • Explaining the relevance of the Hippopotamus
  • The Picture of Childbirth today
  • The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme materials
  • Defining Hypnosis
  • Acknowledging Pain
  • The Physiology of Birth and the Impact of Fear
  • Mind / Body connection
  • The Impact of Others
  • Taking charge of your thoughts

Class two

  • Relaxation – the antidote to discomfort
  • What is Relaxation?
  • Positions for Relaxation
  • Remember to Breathe
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Eyes Open Hypnosis
  • Time Distortion
  • Anchoring
  • Birth Partners Script
  • Establishing a practice routine

Class three

  • Prenatal bonding
  • Choosing where to have your baby
  • Choosing who will be with you when you have your baby
  • Alternative options for promoting comfort
  • Medical intervention
  • Natural nudges of encouragement for your baby
  • Interventions explained
  • Benefits of a natural birth
  • Writing your birth plan and making your birth choices
  • Physical preparations for birth
  • The mirror mantra
  • Fear release session

Class four

  • Soothing strokes and the power of positive touch
  • Positions for birth
  • Ligaments and pelvis
  • Humming your baby down – birthing your baby
  • Birth partner’s role
  • Using the techniques during labour
  • When baby arrives
  • Sea of Serenity – Birth Hypnosis session
  • Your practice and preparation diary

The Hip way to birth your baby!

Group classes following The Wise Hippo Birth Preparation Programme are now being held in small groups (2-3 couples) on Saturday afternoons at The Wellbeing Centre, Newbury.

The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme uses hypnosis techniques among many others. There are many birthing programmes that use hypnosis that are collectively labelled ‘hypnobirthing’. The Wise Hippo has a unique approach as we do not focus on one specific way of birthing.

We appreciate that every woman has unique needs, wants and concerns about her baby’s birth, and we teach with this in mind. This in turn enables each couple to prepare for their baby’s birth in a way that feels right for them and ultimately to achieve the right birth on the day, whatever path their birthing takes.

Couples learn how to prepare for the birth they want and the birth they eventually have, with the help of a toolbox full to the brim of techniques that they can use not only for pregnancy and birth, but also for ever – tools for life.


Class 1 – July 14, 2018 16:00
Class 2 – July 28, 2018 18:00
Class 3 – August 11, 2018 16:00
Class 4 – August 25, 2018 16:00
Class 1 – August 11, 2018 13:00
Class 2 – August 25, 2018 13:00
Class 3 – September 8, 2018 13:00
Class 4 – September 22, 2018 13:00

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Private 1-2-1 classes available on request please email Diana Dolton directly on

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