LOVED IT! I had a homebirth with my first baby and consider myself a wimp at times. HypnoBirthing was great.
Hypnobirthing works to eliminate pain from the birth process, increase confidence in your body and natures, make time move quickly for you, and reduce interventions in birth.
At first i was a bit scared by the idea of hypnosis. But taking the class, I saw how it was much more like guided meditation and affirmations. The process is really simple. In fact, i thought it was so simple that it must not be working. Daily, I listened to guided imagry tape and frequently listened to affirmation tapes. I read the book and my husband and I practiced some of the guided imagry together.
How it worked during labor: It worked beautifully. I had a 17 hour labor that started with my water breaking and contrax 2-3 minutes apart right off the bat. It could have been painful...it wasn't. I sailed through the first 16 hours beautifully. I was laughing, making jokes, talking and dancing with my husband. My concentration got a bit broken for an hour though and I did feel pain then. But, really it was just a short time. That hour flew right on by & I thought it was just a few minutes. As soon as Jude was born I told my husband, "I could do this again." I felt great right after the birth, too.
If we have another child, I will do hypnobirthing again. It worked so well for us! If you need help finding a HypnoBirthing instructor, check out this site. http://www.hypnobirthing.com/
You can also do the Study-at-Home method. But, the class worked better for my personality.
Here is my favorite info about hypnosis and childbirth. It's a Dateline show on hypnosis and childbirth. This is amazing and I really did feel like one of these women. http://www.innerrevelations.com/DateLineVideo.html