Sarah, St Helens
"We have just finished this antenatal hypnobirthing course, I absolutely recommend it to all of my pregnant friends.
"I can honestly say we are both excited, confident and looking forward to a chilled out, pain free birth that we can cherish the memories of.
"It's totally down to the skills we have been taught during the four weeks by the lovely Wise Hippo instructor."
"I was attracted to Birth Wight as I wanted a natural birth, but was anxious about how to achieve this; Birth Wight and the teaching it involved just made sense!!
"Helen was extremely approachable, both Sean (my husband) and I found the classes informative and practical. We both enjoyed the relaxation parts and the real life stories, and Helen drew upon her own experiences too, which really helped us understand how we could put it into practise.
"Before the classes we both felt fearful and negative about labour but by the end we both felt confident and were looking forward to the whole experience. I continued to practise the relaxation techniques and had a positive view of birth for the rest of my pregnancy. When my waters broke two weeks before my estimated due date I was so excited!"
"Emma giving birth naturally the second time around has made up for some of the distress that we went through with our first son.
"We did have to make some changes from our 'ideal' delivery, but I think The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme gave us the confidence to stay calm, ask the right questions and to know the changes were happening for the right reasons, and not just because that was the way the labour ward handled every 'potentially difficult' delivery.
"I think the relaxation techniques we were taught really enabled her to get to that point and still have energy and determination to bring our little one into the world without any intervention; and Helen at Birth Wight definitely played a big part in making that happen."
"We were attracted to Birth Wight as it seemed like it would give us all the information we wanted in regards to labour, and we also liked the idea of having a positive experience, which other birthing classes did not seem to provide.
"We found the classes very helpful and relaxed. Helen was very good at expanding from the 'birth manual' and we always came away from the classes feeling calm and more informed with each passing lesson.
"It was great that we could discuss our ideas and experiences in an open environment and have extra support with our choices.
"The lessons and teachings enabled our pregnancy to be peaceful and we were counting the days til we could use all the techniques we had practised.
"During the birth, we were able to remain in control even though we had to be induced and not able to use the birth pool. It seems that we were so calm and relaxed that our midwife did not believe we had progressed to the second stage of labour until I had the urge to push!"
Thoughts from Isle of Wight, Birth Wight, clients about the classes, the teaching, the skills and techniques learnt, and the impact upon their pregnancies and birthing journeys.
"Myself and my husband attended the 'taster session' and came out feeling really positive about what could be achieved/learned from Helen at Birth Wight.
"We really enjoyed and looked forward to each class (and felt sad when our course came to an end!). Helen was really personable and made us feel really comfortable to ask questions without making us feel 'silly'. Can't wait to share our birth story with her.
"[The course] has totally changed my outlook on pregnancy/birth. I have enjoyed making time to practice at home and found it very calming/relaxing.
"We are looking forward to the birth of our baby, can't wait for him to arrive!"
Nicola, St Helens
"Before the Birth Wight classes I was really, genuinely scared about giving birth, as my first experience was extremely traumatic and painful; I suppose I was dreading it really.
"The wonderful thing about the classes are that they really made me think outside the box about giving birth and I felt so much more empowered after just the first one."
"We are grateful to Helen and to the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme for giving us the confidence to make our own decisions and choices, to make sure we are given all information to enable us to make informed choices.
"The programme made us more aware of what our choices were so we felt more in control, had we have not felt like this, it could have been a very traumatic experience. The right choices were made and we have a happy, healthy and strong little boy – that’s all that counts now."
Sally, St Helens
"We are so glad we chose to practice hypnobirthing and through attending Helen's classes any fears of childbirth disappeared and we had an amazing experience.
"We are very happy with the way my birth went and are enjoying our very calm and content hypnobirthing baby!"
"I wanted to thank you for the hyponobirthing classes. The techniques that you taught were very helpful and my labour was very quick.
"I've recommended hyponobirthing to my pregnant friends!"