I am planning to do hypnobirthing with this baby. My midwife really recommends it and when I looked into it, I like the concepts. I do feel like birth is natural and my body can do this. I agree that being afraid and fighting your body are ways to have a longer more painful labor. Many women in other parts of the world give birth like it's nothing. Anyway...
So my midwife doesn't have me enrolled in the class until July 16th and 23rd. I'm due August 5th. It was originally July 9th and 16th and I told her I was very concerned it was so close to my due date. She assured me that it's not something I have to practice forever and it's more of a state of mind and relaxing sort of thing. When it got pushed off, I got really worried. So she gave me some recordings to listen to and the book to read early to get me started.
I like the book okay, although some of it seems a little too different for me. The recordings are awful! They are so cheesy that I end up getting frustrated listening to them. She told me to listen to it at bed while I fall asleep. I only made it 3 nights before I gave up because it was driving me nuts. "Allow yourself to go deeper, AND deeper, AND deeper..." Maybe it's the way she says it or something. I tried a guy version and a female version and I hate them both.
So I'm thinking I'm not going to get the full benefit from the hypnobirthing, but I'm hoping I get most of it.
Here's the question...assume hypnobirthing does not end up being my thing and I don't have a program to rely on to help me during labor...how big a deal is this? Those of you who had natural first births (and subsequent), did you use a program? I have an absolutely wonderful husband who will be very supportive and help me in anyway he or I can think of. I trust my midwife and I have a lot of confidence that I can do this. If I take the concepts of hypnobirthing and many (but not all) of the techniques, do you think that will be adequate?
Thanks. Sorry this was so long.