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Hypnobabies??

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I was wondering if anyone else is going to do hypnobabies? Or has before?

post #2 of 41

I'm considering doing the at home course, but I haven't decided yet.  I know we'll be doing the Bradley Method Classes as DH is really interested in providing that kind of support.  I don't know how much hypnobabies includes the partners, so that's why I'm considering doing the at-home course because I think some of the concepts would be helpful for me personally.

post #3 of 41

Hypnobabies rocks my socks off!!  My 2nd birth was a Hypnobabies birth and it was great!!  Pain free and quick!!  Not all moms who do Hypnobabies will have pain-free births, but I see MUCH more comfortable and quicker births (I'm a doula).  I love it when first time moms are so calm and relaxed that they don't even realize it's time to go to the hospital (if they are hospital birthing) until like 8-9cm and get their and push their babies out shortly after!  I had one mom who walked into the ER at 9cm and they told her to "have a seat" because they didn't believe she was in labor!!  (i have pics of her up on my facebook business page- pm me for the address)  I can't say enough good things about this program and I will DEFINITELY be using it again for my 3rd birth.  I honestly just can't imagine giving birth without it.

 

You should know, however, that you really don't need to/shouldn't do the homestudy AND another class.  This is because taking another class can counteract the positive messages that Hypnobabies feeds you.  If your class is saying "this is going to be painful and this is how you are going to get through it" and Hypnobabies is telling you that it's going to be "easy and comfortable".... then you can see how this would be detrimental to your Hypnosis actually working and your mind actually accepting your birth as easy and comfortable (the mind controls the body!).

 

If you can find an instructor nearby, the classes are really in depth and I SO wish there had been an instructor near me for my 2nd birth.  The Birth Partners are really taught how to assist the hypno-mom with her techniques in the classes, and it's harder for those partners to want to read the manual if you are doing the homestudy (I gave my hubby the "cliff notes" but it wasn't the same as if he had gone to class with me each week for 6 weeks!)  

post #4 of 41

I used Hypnobabies with my first birth.  I had a quick and easy home birth.  The only pain I experienced was was a small tear as his head came out. The pressure waves (or contractions) were easily manageable and enjoyable most of the time. I will definitely be doing the program again this time.

 

For it to work you need to be totally committed to the practice of it.  As Lindsayjean said the program will not be as effective if you are getting mixed messages from other childbirth classes.  You need to be totally committed and believe that you will have a quick, easy, and pain free birth, no question.

 

I did an in person class last time, which I loved.  I have moved since then and there are no instructors in my area, so I guess I will be doing the self study course. My husband was able to participate and help me a lot with the info provided in the course. I am also a little concerned about having enough time to practice now that I have DS, but I know I will work it out.

post #5 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the wonderful input. I have the home study course because there are no classes in or near my area. I started it this week, even though I know it is a little early. I am glad I did because I have been given several of the books that the course says not to read (like you were saying about the mixed messages). I just love listening to the positive affirmations. It is great to hear about your positive experiences with the course. It makes me feel much better and more confident. Thanks!!

post #6 of 41

So I was excited to try hypnobabies, but after listening to a few sample tracks I think it might not work for me. I actually felt anxious and stressed out while listening to them, and finally had to stop halfway through.

 

This isn't super surprising to me, I've always had trouble with meditation-type exercise. I'm pretty bummed though :(

post #7 of 41

I did it with my second birth and LOVED it. I'm actually looking forward to birthing again!  My first birth was VERY difficult and I was terrified for my second. My dh and I took Bradley with the first but he sort of froze in the moment and I was really on my own.  With hypnobabies, I went into it thinking I'd do it on my own but also practiced the birth partner stuff in case. It was awesome. I could totally do it on my own, but I was also amazed at how well the birth partner stuff worked. There's a script you practice where your partner places their hand on your shoulder or forehead and says "peace" and it trains your body to relax at the sound of it.  During labor, I'd get a contraction and dh would put his hand on my shoulder and the contraction would immediately go away.  I never had contractions longer than 45 seconds. My doula said that since I was so relaxed, the contractions didn't have to work as hard to get the baby out. I didn't even believe I was in labor until I was checked at 6 cm and then 30 minutes later I was pushing and she flew out in 4 minutes!  It was amazing.  Truly amazing. I didn't believe it would work until it did. I'm really bad at stuff like that - I can't meditate, hate yoga, tried hypnosis once in high school for sports and couldn't do it so I was convinced it wouldnt' work for me. But in the moment, it worked like a charm.  I did the home study course so while I don't have the class to compare it to, I can say I felt fully prepared doing the homestudy course.  

post #8 of 41

KM~ ANYONE can use hypnosis.  All hypnosis is self hypnosis and those people who feel the way you feel I encourage to keep doing it and to try to not judge the experience.  Everytime you do it, your hypnosis gets stronger and easier!!  I am the same way- I have a really hard time concentrating and even have felt anger while meditating.  I think it's actually GOOD because maybe the meditating or hypnosis is bringing some stuff up that needs to be worked through.   So, just know what you are feeling is totally normal and it does NOT mean that Hypnobabies will not work for you ;-)  I truly believe that it will work for anyone who believes in it's power (since the power is in your mind!)

 

Lindsay

post #9 of 41

Thanks, I'll keep trying. Maybe I should set my goals a little lower - for now I'll just work on listening to the whole track without getting agitated. Right now, when she's all "count backwards from 100 until the numbers fade away... ok now that the numbers have faded away" I'm like "no they haven't yet give me more time you stupid recording!"

 

Also, did anyone else know there's a moon icon? moon.gif

post #10 of 41

I wouldn't start it yet if you're guess date is May.... unless you are rrrrrreally committed.  I plan to start probably Feb and that's still pretty early.  I'd say if you have the program for now just listen to the pregnancy affirmations.  Maybe special place. 

post #11 of 41
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Originally Posted by KM84 View Post

So I was excited to try hypnobabies, but after listening to a few sample tracks I think it might not work for me. I actually felt anxious and stressed out while listening to them, and finally had to stop halfway through.

 

This isn't super surprising to me, I've always had trouble with meditation-type exercise. I'm pretty bummed though :(

This is actually pretty normal when you first start it. I felt anxious because I was afraid I wasn't doing it right. I'd get stressed because I could still "feel". But it worked fantastically with my homebirth! I am doing it again this time! I didn't feel completely numb, but I was sooo comfortable. It rocked. I started it about 16 weeks or so. 
 

 

post #12 of 41

I agree it takes awhile to get into the whole self hypnosis thing... and that is why the classes are really good.  I wouldn't start now either, but look forward to it! 

post #13 of 41
Thread Starter 

I am sure you will find exactly what will work for you. At least you figured out that it wasn't for you early on :)

post #14 of 41
I'm also curious, but scared off by the price tag. I know it's well worth the money if it works, but I don't want to shell out a couple hundred if it isn't for me. :/
post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by KM84 View Post

Thanks, I'll keep trying. Maybe I should set my goals a little lower - for now I'll just work on listening to the whole track without getting agitated. Right now, when she's all "count backwards from 100 until the numbers fade away... ok now that the numbers have faded away" I'm like "no they haven't yet give me more time you stupid recording!"

 

Also, did anyone else know there's a moon icon? moon.gif


This was me. I did Hypnobabies for 6+ months, and it never got any better. If anything I got more agitated the longer I listened- if I could stay awake. Most of the time I just took a nap and woke up 2 hours later with no concept of how i'd gotten on the couch or how long I'd been there, and the CD long over.

I don't want to be negative about hypnobabies, and some part of me is SUPER jealous of the people it works for, but hypnobabies is NOT for everyone. Maybe if I had a more tractable mind or was capable of silencing snide comments and just relax into it, but I just can't do it. It's kind of like why I can't drink and had such a horrible reaction the first and only time I tried pot. I absolutely cannot relax into the feeling or go to a point where I don't feel like I'm in control, and having someone leading my mind somewhere and just going with it is not something I can do. I'm sure there are other people out there just like me who could put their all into it and feel like failures because it just didn't work (I didn't feel like a failure, so don't worry about saying super positive things about it, it won't bother me in the slightest!)
post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by RenoKirbyButtrs View Post

I'm also curious, but scared off by the price tag. I know it's well worth the money if it works, but I don't want to shell out a couple hundred if it isn't for me. :/

You can look for used copies. I saw a bunch on Ebay/Amazon when I was looking (but shipping to Canada is such a friggin' joke that it wasn't worth it to me) .
post #17 of 41

I always tell people with super analytical minds that IF they can harness that into believing in the program (I do think that the mind is so powerful so if you don't think it will work... it probably won't work as powerfully) and focusing on the words the woman says without judgement.  I *do* think that everyone can use hypnosis for birth, but for some it may take more effort to let their mind relax and the judgement of it go.  BUT, I don't think childbirth ed is a once size fits all thing... some people are going to resonate more with the programs that say "this is really painful, this is how I will distract myself"  which is FINE.  I think it's good to choose what you want to do and then commit 100% to making it the best possible for you :-)  

post #18 of 41
How do you find out if there are classes in your area? I thought it was just about the CDs (which I also thought were pretty expensive but never tried ebay).
post #19 of 41

Find a class: http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=3810

 

Self Study: http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=3812

 

For me having had a non-hypnobabies birth, I figure you are going to lose your mind during birth! Might as well do it is an organized way. 

 

Also, a cheap way to see if you like self=hypnosis is to check out this book: http://www.amazon.com/HypnoBirthing-natural-approach-comfortable-birthing/dp/0757302661/ref=pd_sim_b1   many libraries have it and the CD is great for reducing anxiety.... I have some problems with the book, but overall it is pretty research based.... and does a good job of introducing the concepts behind self-hypnosis...

post #20 of 41

Hypnobabies has a free "relax me" script that you can find online and download to get an idea for it.  The CDs are listened to every day from when you start until you give birth (that's why i wouldn't start for a bit!!) and the reinforce the ideas, and some women do listen to scripts during their births- whether it be the CDs, or little mini verbal prompts from partner/doula, and some just do it all internally- which is what i did last time (aside from a few times when I would kinda start to loose it and my husband would say "relax" and "peace" and I'd go right back to calm/comfortable).  I SO SO SO wish there had been a live class in my area last time because it's SO much better in my opinion to get it first hand and have partners know how to help support it as well.  So if there is one in your area, SO worth it.

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