I used Hypnobabies for the birth of my first baby. Before signing up for it, I did extensive research...
What I like about Hypnobabies is that it covers all childbirth ed topics in detail, and additional references are provided so that you can do your homework, too. In addition to all that, hypnosis practice is just cream on top.
In your case, "light" reading on topic "power of birth language" might be beneficial, before you make a decision to use Hypnobabies:
2. Book "Our Bodies, Ourselves" (I'm listing this, since birth language goes beyond words like contractions, pain ,etc.):
"The language used to describe pregnancy and childbirth reflects assumptions about women that set the stage for different styles of maternity care. Woman-centered terminology portrays women as active, healthy, and powerful, and labor as 'natural' and 'normal,' In this view, associated traditionally with the midwifery model, providers 'attend' women, 'assist' at births, and 'catch' babies. In contrast, some medical language depicts women as passive subjects, putting doctors in the role of 'managing labor' and 'delivering babies.' Medical terms such as 'failure to progress,' 'inadequate pelvis,' and 'incompetent cervix' imply that something is wrong with a woman's body. This influences how we see ourselves, how providers see us, and how the media portray birth."
Before you snort and giggle at certain words, think what makes you react that way. Psycholinguistics studies not only how humans learn words, but how they react to words, as well.
There is a different reaction in brain when these two words are heard:
CONTRACTION vs. PRESSURE WAVE
LABOR vs. BIRTHING
PAIN vs. PRESSURE
It is that simple - if you reprogram your brain to use words with positive connotation, you utilize neuroplasticity and you give yourself a fair chance to achieve a different experience.
Relaxed birthing allows the feeling to be exactly like the pressure wave. It starts slowly, builds up, has a peak and then dissolves.
A calm birthing mom can be thrown into feeling of pain in a second, if a medical worker asks "On a scale of 1 to 10, rate how much PAIN you're in" - even if she did not feel that she was in pain before, this questions starts her in that direction and she starts looking for it and focusing on it and yes - feeling pain.
Google: FEAR-TENSION-PAIN in birthing and you'll find some interesting things.
With all that said - Hypnobabies never promises painless birth. This is something that a lot of moms that use Hypnobabies achieve (from the website: "Although not every woman will have a completely pain-free unmedicated birthing experience, many of our Hypno-Moms do and our success rate is about 70%, far above any other childbirth method, which is very gratifying!"), but really, it is up to each mom (with normal pregnancy) to decide how much relaxation and what kind of birthing experience she allows herself.
THere are two free mp3 tracks that you can check out (one is introduction to Hypnobabies and second one is "Relax Me" mp3):http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=4058#2freemp3
Also check out: http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=3809
Q) How does hypnosis for childbirth work?
A) Short version: Like computer data entry. If you want to create a document to use later, you open one, enter the text and save the contents in a “file”, then give the file a name. Later, when you want to edit that document, you find the file name and open it, add to the document text and save it again. When you are completely finished with your document, you find the file by its name, complete and ready, and print it out for your use.
In Hypnobabies, our “files” are our medical hypno-anesthesia “scripts” in the form of CD tracks and paper scripts, and all you have to do is *listen* to them. In doing so, you train your inner mind, just like entering text, what to accept. Each week, you add a little bit of training, just like the text in your document, and your inner mind creates a new belief system about childbirth. It accepts that the normal birthing sensations that you will have when you give birth; pushing, pulling, stretching, pressure sensations, will indeed be there, but without discomfort attached to them. You train it to accept cues and techniques to bring you deeper into relaxation and hypnosis, and when you use them on your birthing day, just like printing out your document, they are there for you automatically! Your mind is very powerful and is capable of creating the deepest physical relaxation possible as well as a very comfortable birthing experience. Use it!
And, at the end, all that Type A , Type B info is just an excuse...
If you really want to try something (and from your post, I think you DO want to try this and that you DO want to have a comfortable birthing), why would you shoot yourself in the leg before even starting?
Feel free to ask me any question re:my experience and Hypnobabies homebirth that I had