HELPING WOMEN ACHIEVE THE RIGHT BIRTH ON THE DAY
This day two years ago we, Dany Griffiths and Tamara Cianfini, launched The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme. It feels apt therefore to choose today to welcome you in celebrating with us as we share some great information we have been gathering about the effectiveness of our programme.
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 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.
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 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.