Teaching women how to experience a calm and relaxed birth

What is Hypnobirthing?

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Hypnobirthing is a method of birth preparation using a few simple techniques to help
facilitate a calm and relaxed labour and birth for mother and baby.

This is nothing new or fashionable about this, it is simple, logical and practical with a strong
evidence base to support it. Many women approach their labour and birth with fear because of the
negativity that surrounds them and the assumption that it has to be painful.

Fear during labour has a physiological effect on the bodies natural ability to function
effectively, causing pain, a slowing down of labour as well as blocking the release of the helpful hormones.

Hypnobirthing teaches woman to relax deeply, to trust their  bodies ability to birth
naturally and to enable their mind and body to work in harmony. When all this happens the
woman is calm and relaxed and she feels more in control. In addition her body is able to
release all the supportive natural birth hormones that help make everything easier for
both her and the baby. These hormones are better designed than any
synthetic pharmaceutical drugs for a labouring woman giving birth naturally.


Women using these techniques are regularly reported to use less pain relief,
enjoy shorter labours and their babies are born calm and alert with high Apgar scores.
(The first test on a newborns physical condition after birth)

There is less medical intervention needed with Hypnobirthing women and when it is necessary the
women deals better with it afterwards because she has been more in control and
involved in the decision making regarding her care plan.

Having a positive birth experience without intervention results in calmer babies
that eat and sleep better. It also makes for strong confident mothers who trust themselves
and their natural instincts to make good choices for their families.

What is The Wise Hippo Hypnobirthing programme?


The Wise Hippo Birthing programme provides a complete antenatal education programme
that supports you and your birthing partner for your babies birth in a way that is right for you.
Using deep relaxation and breathing techniques it empowers you to trust your instincts
so your baby has the right birth on the day.

The Wise Hippo Birthing programme is a new approach to birthing.
We believe a positive birth experience is a state of mind,
not just defined by what happens during labour and birth
but how a woman feels about her baby’s birth.
Because of this belief we are able to teach skills and impart knowledge that will empower women
to trust their instincts and ensue their baby has the Right Birth on the Day

The Wise Hippo Birthing programme is not only about teaching women
how to have a positive birth experience, it is also about creating strong,
confident mothers who inherently trust themselves and by using their natural instincts
make choices that are right for themselves and their families. – ‘The Wise Hippo Ltd’


A short video about The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme

About Joan Mills  (R.G.N., M.A.R. & Affiliated with the Hypnobirthing Institute)

Former nurse with over 20 years experience in hospitals and the community

Experienced HypnoBirth practitioner – over 500 couples taught since 2009

More than 3 years experience as a birth Doula attending many hospital and home births

Experienced complementary therapist of 16 years using Reflexology, massage, Bach flower remedies, Reiki and Indian head massage

Mum of three children with personal experience of birth with medical intervention to a calm, relaxed and easy birth

Teaches from her relaxed home environment in Harpenden and Verulam Complementary health care clinic in St Albans

The experience is positive, calm, friendly and educational.

Couples often meet afterwards as good friends from the sharing of such a positive time on their journey to parenthood


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Based in Harpenden and St Albans, other treatments that I offer include:

– Reflexology and Visualisation

– Reiki

– Indian Head Massage

– Holistic Body Massage

– Bach Flower Remedies

– Doula

Course Information

The Hypnobirthing classes take place in Harpenden at my home-based clinic
on Wednesday evenings and in St Albans, at the Verulam Clinic (only 2 mins walk
from the main train station) on a Saturday. The course is taught in small groups (no more than five couples)
and one-to-one classes are available in your own home, with both courses
taught over 4 sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours.

The best time to start the course is from approximately 20 weeks onwards. The reason for
this is that you will need to spend some time practicing the relaxation and breathing
techniques that you learn, so the more time you have the better! Although don’t worry
if you’re getting close to your child’s birth – Get in touch with me and we can discuss a
modified or private one-to-one course to suit your specific needs. It may also
be beneficial to look at the other treatments I offer.


course details and times

Group classes take place between 19:00 – 21:30 on Wednesday evenings in Harpenden
and Saturday during the day in St Albans between 10:30 – 16:30.

If these times or days do not suit you, there is the possibility to make up classes at the alternate venue.

For private classes, dates and times, evenings or weekends can be arranged to fit your schedule.

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Stumbled across Hypnobirthing late in your pregnancy?
It’s never too late, there is still time. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your options.


The Harpenden course is taught from my home-based clinic on Coleswood Road, AL5.

The St Albans course is based at the Verulam Clinic on 118-120 Victoria Street,
St Albans AL1 (a short walk from the main train station).


Group classes: £275
Private one-to-one classes: £495 (4 sessions)

A £50 deposit is payable on booking to secure your place, and
the remaining balance at the start of the course.

The fee includes four sessions, plus all course material, including a manual,
five downloadable relaxation MP3s, refreshments and ongoing telephone
and email support. All groups will also have access to a full library of
birth-related books and AIMS publications.

For all the information about future course dates and upcoming
FREE INFORMATION sessions, check my 2016/17 diary below:

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Harpenden – Wednesday courses – 19:00 – 21:30

– June 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd (Spaces available)

– July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th (Spaces available)

– August 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th (Spaces available)

– September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (Spaces available)

– October 12th, 17th (Monday), 19th, 27th (Thursday) (Spaces available)

– November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd (Spaces available)

– November 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st (Spaces available)

– January 2017 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th (Spaces available)


St Albans – Saturday courses – 10:30 – 16:30

– June 11th & 25th  (Spaces available)

– July 9th & 16th  (Spaces available)

– August 6th & 13th  (Spaces available)

– September 3rd & 10th  (Spaces available)

– October 15th & 22nd  (Spaces available)

– November 5th & 12th  (Spaces available)

– December 10th & 17th  (Spaces available)

– January 2017 7th & 14th  (Spaces available)


FREE information sessions

4.30pm – 5.30pm @ the St Albans Clinic on all days after the course being held that day has finished

Contact Me

To find out more about how hypnobirthing can help you or to book a place on one of the FREE information evenings please fill out the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible:

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