I wish I had time to read through all the replies here. There's some really good info in here that I'll be filing away!!
In my own experience, I tend to shy away from anything with a one size fits all mentality. If you look through the curriculum and you think that there might be some tips and tricks that will help YOU, then by all means, give it a go. But to assume that what works for one laboring woman will automatically work for EVERY laboring woman just seems silly.
Put a lot of tricks in your labor bag. Then, if one doesn't work, you have something else to grab
I couldn't agree with you more, Italiamom, and that is exactly why I chose Hypnobabies! It includes a complete natural childbirth education, complete with all the tips and suggestions used by other non-hypnosis classes to increase mom's comfort. It includes a great deal of information on a variety of approaches for moms or birth partners to consider, and encourages moms to follow her instincts and do what feels appropriate. But it also includes wonderful post-hypnotic suggestions that lead most women to experience increased endorphins, less stress, greater confidence and better sleep during pregnancy as well as increased confidence, comfort and endorphin release during the birth. My Hypnobabies skills made it far easier for me to use movement during my birth, remain coherent enough to easily vocalize my needs to my birthing team and kept me confident and calm enough to smoothly follow my instincts and meet my body's needs. Hypnobabies can not only be used beautifully in tandem with non-hypnosis childbirth techniques, it actually makes those techniques more effective for most people. Your post isn't very clear, but it seemed that you were saying that you consider childbirth hypnosis to be a "one-size-fits-all" approach to birth and I wanted to make it clear that it is most distinctly not true in the case of Hypnobabies.