Full Instructor Training

Full Instructor

If you have found yourself on this page then you are most likely interested in our FULL Wise Hippo Birthing Instructor training.  If however you are already trained in another antenatal education programme that uses hypnosis, and would like to teach The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme, please check out our Fast Track Instructor Training option.

Back to the Full Wise Hippo Birthing Programme Instructor training.

The Wise Hippo Birthing Instructor training is fully accredited by The Royal College of Midwives.

The Wise Hippo Birthing Instructor training is fully accredited by The Royal College of Midwives

Do you want to help women have a positive experience of birth but are looking for a programme that recognises that all women have their own unique needs, wants and desires about their baby’s birth?
Do you love it when you read positive birth stories but hate it when women share that
they failed at birth and felt misled by the antenatal education they received?

If some or all of these points resonate with you

Do you want to help women have ‘the right birth on the day’ but are worried that you can’t pull off being a confident instructor?
Do you feel inspired to support women with their birth preparations but have no idea how to set up and manage the running of a business, let alone market yourself?

Here at The Wise Hippo we want all women to know that whatever is important to them about their birth is important to us. We are not here to judge their choices but help them feel empowered to make them.

Our Wise Hippo Birth Statistics show that The Wise Hippo approach works, not from the low use of epidural or where or how our clients have birthed, but due to 100% of them saying that they had ‘the right birth on the day’.

Trainee Instructors 2016To make this happen we need to have the right kind of instructors. Instructors who are passionate about women achieving ‘the right birth on the day’. Instructors who can hold the space to enable their clients to find the right way for them. Not to advise, not to judge but to have unconditional positive regard for what their clients want.

All of our trainees who join us have this, they have to because it cannot be taught, it has to come from within.

What they may not have is the confidence to teach, the know how to market themselves or the ability to run a business. The good news is that this can be taught and either we will teach it to you or, when appropriate, point you in the direction of other experts who will be able to help you also.

First and foremost we need to make sure that you are a confident Wise Hippo Birthing Instructor and here at The Wise Hippo we have a unique approach to your instructor training.

From our wealth of experience we have learnt that the best way to help our trainees grow into confident and competent instructors, in the simplest, easiest and most time effective way, is to make sure you ‘know your stuff’ before attending a practical ‘Confident Instructor Workshop’. 

Let me explain why.

In the past, all the way through our training, we have said to our trainees – ‘you will feel more confident when you know your stuff’.

Trainee Instructors Group 2016For those who already had experience of running courses or doing presentations, they sometimes felt frustrated when we did the practice sessions, and we’d hear them say “I can’t wait to know my stuff so I can feel competent again”.

After-all, you can be the best teacher in the world but if you don’t know your stuff then how can you teach it?

Those without any experience would  worry about whether they were going to be able to do it.

By the time we finished our instructor training they were chomping at the bit to ‘learn their stuff’ so they could prove to themselves they they really were confident instructors.


‘Get you to learn your stuff before we teach you how to become a confident instructor’.
How do we do that?

Laying the Foundation

Foundation Modules for Birth and Hypnosis – these modules involve stand-alone learning. Watching video presentations and carrying out homework to, as the name implies, lay down the foundation for the remainder of your learning. This is background information about birth and an in-depth understanding of the tools and techniques used in The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme

Dany and Tamara with Louise BalmYour trainers for the foundation stage, from left to right, are Dany, Louise and Tamara.

Depending on your background you will require one or both of the foundation modules
(if two modules are required they must be purchased together):

Each foundation module is provided online as a home study option so you can get started IMMEDIATELY.

On receipt of your payment you will be given a unique Username and Password for the Trainee Area of our site where you will access your foundation level training videos and materials.

Learning your stuff

During this level you will learn the four classes of The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme

You will once again be in the comfort of your own home but this time you will step into lessons led by us (Dany and Tamara). You will have a multi-layered learning experience that suits all learning styles with video lessons, written content, quizzes that get you thinking, opportunities to practise what you are learning and tests to make sure that you really do know your stuff.

Whilst you are doing this, we are here to help you, you can ask us questions right at the point the question comes up. Just like you would in class. When we teach face-to-face we ask you to write your questions on a post it note so that we can come to them at the end of each section. It will be a bit like that. Within each lesson there will be a place to ask a question and you will pop your question in there. Once a day (Monday to Friday) we will drop in and answer your questions.

This means when you come for your Confident Instructor training you are already going to know your stuff. How amazing is that?

The online learning module will be made available on completion of the foundation level

Becoming a Confident Instructor (2 days face-to-face)

After we’ve had some fun getting to know each other (we always like to have fun), we will begin by looking at how you can use all of The Wise Hippo tools and techniques to help you be a confident teacher. They are tools for life and we will want you to teach your clients that, so first and foremost we are going to show you how useful these tools are for you.

You will then get plenty of opportunity to practise teaching every one of those techniques. Remember you already know why and how they work. You already know where they fit in with the programme. Now it is time to practise!

We then move on to exploring what makes a confident teacher and this is where you will get the chance to really show us that you know your stuff.

Whilst you were ‘learning your stuff’ we will have identified all of the key topics that we will be looking to assess during the ‘Becoming a Confident Instructor’ training. Each trainee will be asked to teach their fellow trainees, in small groups, some of these topics. We will allocate topics randomly so no-one will know ahead of training what they will be asked to teach.

The Wise Hippo Trainee Instructors in course practiceTo be able to do this you will have to know your stuff. We don’t expect you to be perfect but we will expect you to know your stuff. You’ve got to learn it sometime right?

If you do the work before attending the Confident Instructor training you WILL know your stuff and we will provide the session planners that all of our instructors use in class to help you to teach.

It may feel like you have to know everything off by heart but that isn’t the case. Once you know your stuff you will be able to share your knowledge in your own way.

On day two we look at managing the different personalities that may show up in your classes. You get to do some more teaching but this time with the most difficult clients you will ever get. In your teaching groups one person will be allocated as the ‘disrupter’ and we will get to see how you cope under these situations. It sounds harsh but actually it is hilarious, and everyone is really surprised at how confidently they manage the ‘disrupter’, in a positive way for the person themselves and for the rest of the group.

The final part of the Confident Instructor training is focussed on getting your business set up, marketing, social media, website, etc.

By the time you complete your training you will be absolutely ready to ‘hit the ground running’.

We feel this is enhancing our training immeasurably. By learning your stuff before attending the practical stage of your training, you will get so much more out of your practice sessions. Your mind will have the space to learn about how to become a confident, competent teacher because it isn’t being clouded by not knowing your stuff.

We also get the best opportunity to assess how our trainees are teaching. It really is a win:win:win scenario. A win for our trainees, a win for us and a win for your future clients.

You are a Confident Instructor

Your final assessment will be to carry out a case study teaching The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme as a Trainee. You will complete your own case study evaluation based on how you prepared and how your sessions went. Your case study clients will also complete an evaluation on how you taught them the course.

Dany will mark your case study and if approved you will then be a qualified Wise Hippo Birthing Instructor.

Once you have completed all of these components of our training there will be no doubt, in our minds or yours, that you are a confident and competent instructor of The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme.

The Wise Hippo Instructor Training PackTeaching is made easy too as you will also receive a Wise Hippo Birthing Instructors Training Resource Pack which consists of:

  • Couples Manual
  • Memory stick containing birth videos, stories and top tips and techniques from Dany and Tamara
  • Instructors Handbook (hard copy and in PDF format)
  • Course, week by week session planner in PowerPoint and PDF format (this will also be made available in hard copy for you to make notes during your instructor training).
  • Course administration paperwork
  • Mp3 of background music
  • Educational links to useful websites and video footage

* An annual licence fee of £90 incl. VAT is due on the anniversary of the date you became a Wise Hippo Instructor.

Your investment to become a Wise Hippo Birthing Instructor is as follows:

Total investment
1 foundation module


Inc VAT!

Total investment
2 foundation modules


Inc VAT!

A payment plan is available to support you with your investment.

Course Dates

If you would like to register for a course you can find out about upcoming dates here.

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