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Bradley or Hypnobirthing?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'll be having my baby in a hospital with a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife) but I don't want to take the stock baby classes offered by the hospital. I know a little about Bradley and Hypnobirthing and they both sound like reasonable options but they both suggest not mixing the two and I'm not sure how to choose. I want to find a well-rounded class that doesn't just focus on pain management, but teaches all aspects of labor, delivery and possibly even a little breastfeeding. Anyone have any thoughts or preferences? If you're not a first-time mom, what experiences have you had with different birthing methods?

post #2 of 12

I would recommend you find and start going to La Leche League meetings regarding breastfeeding.

 

Not sure about the birth classes though.  I went to the birth class offered by the hospital when I was pregnant the fist time.  My husband and I were so unimpressed with it we stopped going after the 2nd or 3rd class (it was 6 weeks long)

 

With DS2 I didn't take any classes.  I just had my appointments with my home birth midwife and read Ina May's Spiritual Midwifery.  

 

Our bodies know how to birth, so I figured I just needed to let my body do it's thing.  

 

This worked for me.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

La Leche is a great suggestion. I hadn't thought of that and I'm not sure I realized they did general meetings for the public. Thanks!

 

I think taking a class is a key to getting my partner involved in the pregnancy and birth. He's not one to sit and read my books so I really want to take a class that he can participate in. You're right though, the hospital classes just won't fit the bill, the least of the reasons being because I'm using a midwife, not an OB and I bet the class is geared entirely toward the latter.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks Tracy! I think I'll need all the help I can get to stay relaxed for birth!!

post #5 of 12
I took Bradley with Dh for our first, and it was super informative (I didn't have a whole lot of knowledge about natural birth at the time. My class used the book 'husband coached childbirth' or something close to that title anyway wink1.gif it was all couples, and was very partner-centric. It was fun to learn with Dh. They talked a lot about the Bradley diet and we practiced different labor techniques.

I've heard really good things about hypnobirthing from some moms I know that had natural childbirths. I think I'll do this class this time. I'm not sure how involved the partner is in this approach - anyone here know?
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by ~Caitlyn~ View Post

I took Bradley with Dh for our first, and it was super informative (I didn't have a whole lot of knowledge about natural birth at the time. My class used the book 'husband coached childbirth' or something close to that title anyway wink1.gif it was all couples, and was very partner-centric. It was fun to learn with Dh. They talked a lot about the Bradley diet and we practiced different labor techniques.
I've heard really good things about hypnobirthing from some moms I know that had natural childbirths. I think I'll do this class this time. I'm not sure how involved the partner is in this approach - anyone here know?


yeahthat.gif exactly!! I will add that the techniques in Bradley just didnt work for me at my last birth.   It could be given to the fact I had extreme trauma due to birth rape by the midwife at the hospital greensad.gif This time I leaning towards birthing at the birth center and getting some hypnobirthing or hypnobabies cd's to listen to... My friend is due in March and is doing it (not sure which one, sorry) so I'm gonna see what she says.  She had previously done Bradley too.

 

post #7 of 12

I studied Bradley and loved it - I wished we could have taken the 12 week class with other couples, but there wasn't one close enough to us.  I do like that there is a focus on teaching the partners how to help, so they're not wring their hands, saying, "help! my wife is in pain, can't you give her medicine?" which is not helpful when you want a natural birth.

 

Bradley and Hypnobirthing are definitely the two I hear the best things about.  If you have both options near you, you might meet the teachers and see if you click with one better than the other(s).

post #8 of 12
Hi there! I studied my hypnobabies home study course/CDs (not hypnobirthing but similar), because there was no hypnobirthing classes available in my area. I think it was very helpful for sure. I had a completely unmedicated hospital birth with a CNM, and didn't get to the hospital until I was dilated to 6, which was helpful. That being said, for my second child I am planning to search for an in person hypnobirthing class (maybe thIngs have changed in 2.5 years) OR a Bradley class.
I didn't take a Bradley class because they advise you not to mix he two- but honestly, I believe they can compliment each other. My birth certainly wasn't pain free, but it was manageable until the end. I had over 2 hours of pushing and I feel that the Bradley method could have really helped me focus and allow the process to happen with an actual technique to work from. It was at that point that I was having a hard time letting my body do its natural thing, which I had the previous 21 hours, and I was exhausted ! This time the combo will, I imagine, be best for me.
Also, the book The Birth Partner would be great for you and your spouse to read!
Congrats Mamma ! Hope this helps!
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks Lady and everyone else. A co-worker handed down her Hypnobabies home course to me, so if I go for hypno, that's what I'll use. I'm really curious as to the reasons why they say don't mix them. I would really like to take a Bradley class to help get my partner more involved and prepared, but I think listening to the CDs at home would help me learn to relax.

 

All the Bradley classes I've found in my area (OKC) are in people's homes. Is that fairly standard? I just am a little weirded out by the idea of being at a stranger's home. We only have one free-standing birth center that I know of in the city so I guess, where else would they be? Still, I find it a little intimidating for some reason.

post #10 of 12
Well, what I learned through hypnobabies was that the two methods conflict because in hypnobabies they do not use the word "pain" and that is supposed to get, sort of, banished from your mind. In Bradley method they teach you techniques for coping with pain, hence the conflict because pain is not something that should be focused on.

Again, hypnobabies was great for me--but I certainly experienced a lot of pain in my unmedicated labor. But, I am at peace with my body and the process of labor- so pain in word and theory doesn't scare me. I mean, I don't like it- but it's natural for many women in childbirth- so I can accept it.

This is why with #2 I think a combo will be better for me, as I will use hypnobabies throughout pregnancy and labor- but will utilize Bradley techniques for pushing if needed. I plan to find an instructor that will just to the latter part of the series with me since I highly schooled on all the other facets of pregnancy such as nutrition, stages of labor, etc....because those are part of the typical Bradley training.

Hope this helps! smile.gif
post #11 of 12

ladyleah-  I'm grateful for your advice on the hypnobabies.  I am planning on trying that this time around.  Hoping it helps me cope better than Bradley did!!!

post #12 of 12

I hope this isn't too offtopic.gif but can someone please clarify the difference between hypnobirthing and hypnobabies for me?  I know that there is a difference, I am just not sure what it is (which became obvious the second my husband asked me Sheepish.gif). 

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