I just got my Hypnobirthing stuff in the mail the other day (book and two CD's). Curious if anyone else is planning on using that method, or if you have, and what were the results. :D
I am! Been practicing for months now....listen to the guided relaxation every night to fall asleep. I didn't use it with my first birth, but I've heard nothing but good things from those who did. The entire premise is that the more relaxed you are (down there), the easier and faster labor will happen.
Cwill is talking about Hypnobabies which is different than Hypnobirthing (how, I don't know). The Hypnobirthing doesn't go by weeks. You just read it and practice the relaxation. I put it on my ipod and listen to it when I go to bed. I ALWAYS fall asleep, which she says is perfectly fine to do.
Yeah, hypnobabies is a different (but similar!) program. It's 5 weeks of basically learning progressive self-hypnosis techniques. You learn 2 techniques per week and they include a crappy (imo) workbook with prenatal/childbirth "lessons" for each week. The first week is visualization - creating a safe place and visualizing your birth. It's more expensive than hypnobirthing - $130 or so. But you can get used copies.
I have the hypnobabies cds, but no schedule for when to listen to what. Is there one? If so, cwill, would you mind sharing?
Gosh, I need to be more proactive about this. And several other things....it's just so easy to put things off when you feel you've been pregnant FOREVER (and will be for eternity)!!
I don't think it's on the website. In the workbook there is "homework" for each week. This is how it breaks down in terms of CDs to listen to.
Week 1 (Intro): Alternate days listening to "Special Place" and "Easy, Comfortable Childbirth"; Listen to "Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations" every night at bedtime (this continues throughout the rest of your pregnancy)
Week 2 (Nutrition/Exercise): Alternate days listening to "Learning self-hypnosis" and "Deepening"; practice the finger-drop technique 5x/day for 30sec - 2min at a time.
Week 3 (Childbirth Choices): Alternate "Creating anesthesia" and "Deepening"; Practice eyes-open childbirth hypnosis 5x/day.
Week 4: Alternate "Hypnotic Childbirth #1" and "Deepening"; Practice eyes-open hypnosis 5x/day, adding in "Directing your Anesthesia" (this may only be in the workbook - not sure!); Do mini-script with birth partner every other night (also only in workbook, I think)
Week 5: Listen to "Fear Clearing" script (this is a bit more involved - maybe it's explained more on the CD?); Alternate "Hypnotic Childbirth #2" and "Deepening"; Practice eyes-open hypnosis with "Directing your Anesthesia"; Mini-script every other night
Maintenance until birth: Keep with Affirmations CD every night; In addition the weekly schedule should be: M-"Special Place"; T-"Deepening"; W-"Hypnotic Childbirth #1"; R-"Easy, Comfortable Childbirth"; F-"Deepening"; Sa-"Hypnotic Childbirth #2"; Su-"Fear Clearing"; Practice eyes-open hypnosis 3x/day with directing your anesthesia - practice in different potential birthing positions
The "Birth Guide" and "Birthing Day Affirmations" CDs you listen to at your birthing time (when labor starts or to help get labor started, if necessary)
If anyone is interested in knowing more about what the tracks are like, feel free to pm me.
I took classes but they were pretty much useless. My labor was 100% painfree. Pushing was not 100% painfree, but it wasn't very bad. Listening to the CDs lots and lots is what worked for me :)
Okay, I haven't ever used a program for Hypnobirthing, etc, so I can't compare and I'm sure it's a great program. I've heard great things about it!
On a more humerous note, I think that anything that relaxes you works, but I think it comes easier for some people than others.
For instance, I was really relaxed at my last homebirth and I was doing laundry/tidying up the house till just before baby was born. So... since I always have laundry I'm sticking with laundry-therapy birthing again. LOL. I can see that if I needed/wanted to birth in a hospital how I'd need something to focus on like these programs, because there isn't anything to DO while in labor. I mean, not really. In fact, I think that's why my homebirth was virtually pain free other than the one contraction I had 2 min before he was born when the mw was breaking my water. My hospital and birth center births were not bad, but I wouldn't say they were pain free at all- especially my second at the birth center. If my house is clean and all my laundry is done (Haha) maybe I'll make cookies or bread or something.
Is this your first time using it?
I just found out that there is a Hypnobabies class starting in my town. Doh! At $250, I don't really want to take it. But I wouldn't mind meeting the other moms in it or talking to someone who is actually trained in hypnotherapy. So I don't know what to do...
To inspire everyone, this is my favorite youtube video of a hypnobabies birth. It's probably not the best one out there, but I like it because it's in a hospital and that's where I'll be!
yes, it's my first time. There is a yahoo group hypnobabies support group you can join - lots of great info, support, etc. One of the main original teachers is on it to answer questions as well. I'd highly suggest the home course, it's $125 or $150 brand new. (or try CL, maybe the trading post here, etc)