My mission is to support couples way beyond the last class of their course. I am always at the end of the phone or mouse to answer your questions, even on D day. At some point after your birthing day, we will also arrange a ‘Listening Ear’ session. It lasts approximately 1.5 hours and takes place in my studio (or in your own home when your Wise Hippo classes took place in your home).
A huge majority of the couples who attend my courses are extremely satisfied with the course and with their birth (see Birth stories and Testimonials under Happy clients). We know how hard it can be to celebrate birth in a world where a lot of women are having bad experiences, so A Listening Ear is a fantastic opportunity for you to tell me all the wonderful things that happened and that you felt during the birth of your baby/ies without feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable in any way. I am here to celebrate with you 🙂 It is also a great way for me to find out what techniques you used the most and what was particularly useful about the course during pregnancy and the birth, and to remind you to carry on using them when you look after your baby, when you experience sleep deprivation and go through the highs and lows of parenthood.
Thanks to the Wise Hippo Birthing Programme and the focus on The Right Birth on The Day, you are very unlikely to need further support. However, sometimes from the outside couples have had a great birth, yet inside, in some way, they feel that they have not. So A Listening Ear is an opportunity for you to share your feelings and process them with someone who can help you do that safely and at your own pace, and also for you to identify if you need additional support, whatever that may be (enlisting a friend, neighbour or postnatal doula’s help, hiring a cleaner for a few weeks, choosing to have a hypnotherapy session, some relaxation, etc.).
Sometimes, just expressing your feelings is enough to recognise that you actually did have a positive birth experience or that you actually do need additional support. A chat soon after the birth can be the difference between a positive birth experience and birth trauma. Talking with someone who is qualified to help you deal with your feelings can stop something getting bigger and causing upset for years. Finally, if you attended a group course, sharing your birth story with the couples who did the classes with you can be a wonderful (or healing) experience.