Originally Posted by ErinYay
That's probably a great point. With 1, I apparently put myself into a trance the entire time; didn't speak, didn't communicate other than to whisper "vomit" when I needed to vomit (everyone cheered, I had no idea why bc I was so out of it, but yay transition!) Even my OB said it was "really creepy."
On one hand I'd like to be more present this time, but on the other, if it works, it works!
If you want that level of focus and comfort while being "more present this time", then Hypnobabies is an excellent
choice for you! The basis of it is "Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis" that allows women to create that deep level of self-hypnosis you experienced instantly using simple cues any time she wants it (like at the peak of a transition contraction), and also be able to remain relaxed and in hypnosis while moving easily, chatting and generally feeling completely "normal". That's why so many Hypnobabies women are treated like they're either not in their birthing time, or only just beginning it moments before their baby arrives. Their caregivers all think they're behaving too "normally" to really be making progress! My midwives almost sent me home without checking me because I was so calm and smiling when I arrived. They kindly told me that I was too happy to be in "real labor" and tried nicely to make me think that going back home was a good idea that I came up with on my own. I insisted on a check and it turned out I was fully dilated. They let me stay.
In fact, Hypnobabies made it so easy for me to relax and focus that about 1/2 way through my birthing time, I actually spent a couple hours finishing our taxes while calling out to my husband every time I felt a birthing wave, so he could time them. The friends who were there were a little freaked out by the fact that we weren't acting all frantic, but there was definitely nothing about my behavior that was "creepy".
Most women who have particularly comfortable births find that at some point their relaxation sends them into a natural self-hypnotic state, whether that was their goal or not. Hypnosis does such a great job of releasing endorphins and increasing comfort, it makes sense that the body strives to achieve that during birth, if we allow it!