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post #21 of 43

I am really interested in this as well.  I took Bradley Classes with my first pregnancy and really loved them.  I definitely learned a lot from them.  I was able to have a natural birth with my son.  I like the aspect of the hypnobirthing/hypnobabies because it focuses more on the relaxation techniques, etc as opposed to the technical stuff of Bradley.  Also, I've been feeling really laid back right now about my approach to this baby's birth.  I think doing something like this would get me more actively involved in preparing for this birth.

post #22 of 43

I really wish this was within our budget or that I knew someone I could borrow it from. Does anyone know of any lower cost relaxation/visualization CDs? It does't necessarily have to be Hypno anything. We took Bradley with DS as well and I really enjoyed the time at the end of the class where the instructor read the relaxing visualization stuff.

post #23 of 43

I have a pregnancy meditations CD that I got for probably $10 or $20. I'll see if I can find it and I can tell you the name of it since I have no clue where it came from or what the actual cost was. I'd also check on Amazon to see what they have available. I can usually find a really good deal on there for whatever it is that I'm looking for.

post #24 of 43

It didn't work for me with my first (although I did have a really short, albeit painful, labor), but I recommend the course to anyone anyway because it helped me pre-labor and just in life in general getting to know my fears and getting my husband and I talking about things that we probably wouldn't have.  I read Birthing from Within this time around and feel it'll work better for me because it's a lot of the techniques I fell back on when I discovered I was not going to be able to get into the relaxed state I wanted to.  If you fell asleep during transition before, it may be perfect for you!  Good luck!

post #25 of 43

Squeeee! I AM going to get Hypno Babies! I've been wanting it, but, even used, it is out of our budget. I couldn't find anyone local to borrow one from. Then, someone offered me a trade! Yay! I mega love trades! So, I'll be doing some custom dyeing/knitting for this. Yippee! Mamas that have this, how do you like it so far? When do you listen to it? Like, do you set aside a relaxing time to do it? Or just have it on, say, while you're doing dishes or something?

post #26 of 43

I'm getting ready to start Hypnobabies too! I'm only 23 weeks, but I think the extra time will help me. I was debating doing Bradley first, but I feel that I can get the technical information elsewhere, and I really want to go deep into the relaxation, as I'm someone who needs a lot of practice with that. winky.gif  Also, DH and I watched a lot of YouTube videos and were really sold on hypnosis over Bradley.  The moms just looked sooooo much more comfortable.  

 

I'm also curious to hear how others are liking it so far. Let's check in here as we go?

 

What do you all think about hiring a doula when doing Hypnobabies? Ideally, I'd like to find one who knows the method and can help me with the hypnosis scripts, but then could also provide "back up" techniques if at any point the hypnosis isn't working as expected.  

post #27 of 43

 

I've got the material and was planning to start in week 29.  I'm afraid to start too far in advance, since you're supposed to do it about an hour a day (if I'm understanding correctly).  I'm week 23 now, so Not much time to go.  I'm definitely looking forward to it.

 

Can't wait to compare with other mamas too.  Anyone else planning to do it?

post #28 of 43
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Originally Posted by cicim View Post

I'm getting ready to start Hypnobabies too! I'm only 23 weeks, but I think the extra time will help me. I was debating doing Bradley first, but I feel that I can get the technical information elsewhere, and I really want to go deep into the relaxation, as I'm someone who needs a lot of practice with that. winky.gif  Also, DH and I watched a lot of YouTube videos and were really sold on hypnosis over Bradley.  The moms just looked sooooo much more comfortable.  

 

I'm also curious to hear how others are liking it so far. Let's check in here as we go?

 

What do you all think about hiring a doula when doing Hypnobabies? Ideally, I'd like to find one who knows the method and can help me with the hypnosis scripts, but then could also provide "back up" techniques if at any point the hypnosis isn't working as expected.  


We did Bradley last time and really recommend it. It really helped DH to advocate for us. I'll be reviewing the materials with DH this time around. That said, I've heard that our instructor give more information than is typical.

 

ETA I'm excited to try the Hypno Babies and see how it's different.
 

post #29 of 43

I just received my hypnobabies course and I'm very excited.  I can't believe how comprehensive it is.  I keep reading so many wonderful birth stories using the method and it's very motivating.

 

I can't seem to find a recommendation on when to start in pregnancy.  I'm thinking around 28 weeks or so I don't stress if I miss a day or two....

post #30 of 43


 

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We did Bradley last time and really recommend it. It really helped DH to advocate for us. I'll be reviewing the materials with DH this time around. That said, I've heard that our instructor give more information than is typical.

 

ETA I'm excited to try the Hypno Babies and see how it's different.
 


me too. i started 2-3 wks ago (after planning a hb for my 1st and ending up with a c/s i have a lot to work through). i figured it couldn't hurt plus they have a maintenance schedule. i listen to the positive affirmations while, driving or when ds is napping. i read the book throughout ds' naps too. i do the hypnosis at night before bed. it's very relaxing. i still need to order the vbac cds.

post #31 of 43

So I'm loving my HypnoBabies CDs. Loving them! I've been practicing the relaxations in bed at night and it really helps me get back to sleep, something I've been struggling with. Before I started, I reread through my Bradley workbook and the binder from Baby Body Birth that a friend took.

 

Another friend has borrowed my CDs and is due in a couple of weeks. She's having a homebirth and I'll be keeping an eye on her kids during, so I'm excited to see the HypnoBabies in action!

post #32 of 43

 

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 I'm afraid to start too far in advance, since you're supposed to do it about an hour a day (if I'm understanding correctly).  I'm week 23 now, so Not much time to go.  I'm definitely looking forward to it.

It's not a solid hour a day. The scripts are about 30-40 minutes, and after the first few weeks you have to practice getting into hypnosis five times a day, for 1-2 minutes at a time. There's also the Pregnancy Affirmations CD, which I think is about 40 minutes as well, but you can listen to that one while doing other stuff - cleaning or exercising or whatever - since it's not actual hypnosis. (Plus, you're supposed to listen to them every day, but I think most people cheat on that. :p I certainly do; they drive me nuts).

 

So yeah, it is a time commitment, but you can do some of it in little chunks, you know? I think I started at about 23-24 weeks, and I will have a LOT of maintenance-program time (I'm on Week 5 now, at 28 weeks). I think I'll need it, though. I have a lot of issues. :p I certainly don't feel ready to give birth yet, even though I've technically nearly finished the course... but other people might be more open to hypnotic suggestions than me, and/or get really bored with doing the program for an extra few weeks. So it's hard to know the perfect time to start!

 

That reminds me, I should go do a few hypnosis practices now. I'm really bad at knowing when the time is up - you're supposed to tell yourself "I am now entering a state of deep hypnosis for 1 minute" (or two minutes, or thirty seconds... you're meant to change it up), and then not worry about counting the seconds, on the grounds that your subconscious will tell you when it's time to wake up. Yeah... doesn't work for me. My subconscious is clearly a ditz. I can "automatically" wake up early in the morning on days when I have to, but it doesn't seem to work over short-term periods.

post #33 of 43
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Anyone else fall asleep everytime you listen to the hypnosis CD?  I guess I'm just getting into a deep hypnosis as I wake up at the end of the 30mins but I have no idea what I've been 'hypnotized' with! lol!  I'm assuming its working :)

post #34 of 43

is there anyone else trying this, with a toddler already running around, and struggling to find the time?  I feel like there is so little time each day to work on my "must do before the baby is born" (one nap time each day as I am shattered and ready to go to bed in the evening when she is !!!) that I really can't find the motivation to sit and listen to the CD every day.  I know i need to prioritise, but would it really not work if I only listened a few times a week?

post #35 of 43

I have almost always seemingly fallen asleep. It's still worked beautifully.

 

This will be my 3rd Hypnobabies birth so I've also always had a toddler around. I've practiced after bedtime, sometimes back-to-back sessions, during the deep night times that I wake up and at nap time. 

post #36 of 43

I have a 3 year old. I do my script after he goes to bed. I sometimes listen to the joyful affirmations while we're hanging out quietly. The first "class" I took 2 weeks to do as I missed a few days. The program said it was fine to take 2 weeks per class if you start before 26 weeks, which I did, barely. Even when I miss the CD for that day, I still try to do relaxation/visualization while I'm going to sleep or back to sleep.

post #37 of 43

Yes, I tend to fall asleep... often the only time I can do my CD without feeling guilty is when DD and I go down for our afternoon nap, so I'm not at my sparkliest. :p I did the Fear Clearing session for the first time yesterday... it comes with all these warnings about stopping if you have a negative reaction to it, etc, so I thought it would be all dramatic and penetrating and angsty. But I fell asleep again. lol.gif I think I've listened to each CD at least once or twice on a conscious level, though; and with 10ish weeks of maintenance to go, I'm not really worried about it.

 

I need to step up practicing my eyes-open hypnosis. I practice the finger-drop one regularly - maybe not quite five times a day, but at least 2-3 times a day - but I keep forgetting to go to centre switch and open my eyes. When I do, it's really hard to keep them open - I'm relaxed, and the obvious thing to do when one is relaxed is to shut one's eyes, right? So it's a real effort to keep them open. I should work at it, though - I don't want to totally lose focus every time DH or my MW says something to me during labour.

 

DH said yesterday "If you fall asleep during labour, I'll have to wake you up", and I was all "Don't you DARE!". I guess it's time he read the Birth Partner Guide...

post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by english-mummy View Post

is there anyone else trying this, with a toddler already running around, and struggling to find the time?  I feel like there is so little time each day to work on my "must do before the baby is born" (one nap time each day as I am shattered and ready to go to bed in the evening when she is !!!) that I really can't find the motivation to sit and listen to the CD every day.  I know i need to prioritise, but would it really not work if I only listened a few times a week?


I have a 5 yr old and 2.5 yr old so totally relate to finding it hard to find the time.  I don't even bother trying to do it during the day - the one time I did when DH had the kids for a bit, I fell asleep on the couch :) I put the CDs on my iPod and have separate playlists for each week.  When I've put the kiddos to bed (DD, 5, prefers to sleep in our bed), I just roll over, pop on my headphones and do a track of the hypnosis.  I find it soooooo relaxing to end my day like this.  I'm thinking about finding a hypnosis program for postpartum life with 3 kids that says 'i will not go crazy tomorrow.  I will take deep breathes before yelling.' lol!! 

 

post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

 

DH said yesterday "If you fall asleep during labour, I'll have to wake you up", and I was all "Don't you DARE!". I guess it's time he read the Birth Partner Guide...



I was joking with my midwife that I'll pop on my birthing CD, fall asleep, and then she'll just wake me up when the baby's born and nursing.  I fell asleep during contractions without hypnosis so who knows what'll happen this time! :)

 

p.s. I love your signature, Smokering!

post #40 of 43

I admit, I have been slacking on my scripts that last week or 2. My enthusiasm is revived, now, though and I'm ready to start hitting these harder than ever. I just got some new tracks, Visualize your birth and the Birth Partner's one. Also, last night, attended a friend's home hypno birth. She had borrowed my CDs, but not really the book. I know she didn't even listen to all of the scripts. Still, it was AMAZING. She was so calm, so focused. The midwife and doula had a hard time telling when she was having a pressure wave. It was clear to me how much of a difference it made. This makes me so so so excited for my birth. It makes me renew my committment to doing scripts. If she got that much out of it, how awesome can birth be for me if I really do my "homework"? So, I thought I'd share this with any fellow Hypno Slackers, to maybe revive your excitement as well!

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