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Hypnobabies?

post #1 of 13
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Anyone have anything to say about Hypnobabies? I have the CDs and plan to start listening to them within the next few days (just have to figure out a regular time). Any advice or tips or stories from those who used them before?

 

I took Bradley classes last time and the relaxation methods we learned along with a lot of the position references we had gotten were invaluable in my LOOOONG labor. lol But, with that said, I could use all the help I can get to relax during labor, and I've heard great things about Hypnobabies. 

post #2 of 13

I'm taking a hypnobirthing course starting on June 14th.  I don't have the materials yet, but I'll chime in again once I've been.  Would love to hear others' experiences!

post #3 of 13

I got the course a couple of months ago and started listening to the CDs then. I think they're really good. But I can't stand the book. She bolds and capitalizes and italicizes everything, and it feels like she's constantly yelling at the reader. I'm sure that's not her intention, but it really stressed me out. So, I just plan to listen to the CDs and will skip the book.

 

And okay, pet peeve of mine - she's always saying, "You are becoming deeper and deeper relaxed." I'm constantly correcting her grammar in my mind, so I'm going to have to get over her little quirks so I can actually become more and more deeply relaxed. LOL!

post #4 of 13

Ugh, I hate that self-help style of bolding, italicizing, and underlining everything! And the grammar mistakes will kill me too! Thanks for the warnings. :)

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by bostonmummy View Post

I got the course a couple of months ago and started listening to the CDs then. I think they're really good. But I can't stand the book. She bolds and capitalizes and italicizes everything, and it feels like she's constantly yelling at the reader. I'm sure that's not her intention, but it really stressed me out. So, I just plan to listen to the CDs and will skip the book.

 

And okay, pet peeve of mine - she's always saying, "You are becoming deeper and deeper relaxed." I'm constantly correcting her grammar in my mind, so I'm going to have to get over her little quirks so I can actually become more and more deeply relaxed. LOL!

LOL! I'd heard something similar before. Glad I'm just going with the CDs. I sort of thought the book work might not help with what I'm looking for.

 

It's so hard for me to figure out when to LISTEN to them though. Do you always need to be in a quiet place where you're undisturbed? Or is that just the first track you listen to? I mean if that's what it takes, then I get it. But at the same time, I'm a little 'meh' about that.  it'd sort of be how we 'studied' Bradley relaxation methods...and holy cow if applying that stuff in labor isn't a lot different than practicing in a quiet darkened room! lol

post #6 of 13

Pregnova - yeah, I think you do need to be in a quiet room some place removed from the hustle and bustle. Otherwise you can't really get into the deeply relaxed space it's meant to induce. And god, yes - I think it's going to be VERY different from being in labor. But I still think it'll give us tools to relax with the pain and discomfort. At least I'm hoping!

post #7 of 13
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lol...it's something at least!

post #8 of 13

I did hypnobabies last time and didn't end up feeling like it did much for me.  Although I did find my very long multi-day back labor quite manageable, so they would say that it was successful (even though I didn't attribute that success to them).  I know it gets rave reviews though, so hope it works well for you!

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by bostonmummy View Post

I got the course a couple of months ago and started listening to the CDs then. I think they're really good. But I can't stand the book. She bolds and capitalizes and italicizes everything, and it feels like she's constantly yelling at the reader. I'm sure that's not her intention, but it really stressed me out. So, I just plan to listen to the CDs and will skip the book.

 

And okay, pet peeve of mine - she's always saying, "You are becoming deeper and deeper relaxed." I'm constantly correcting her grammar in my mind, so I'm going to have to get over her little quirks so I can actually become more and more deeply relaxed. LOL!

 

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Originally Posted by dandylez View Post

Ugh, I hate that self-help style of bolding, italicizing, and underlining everything! And the grammar mistakes will kill me too! Thanks for the warnings. :)

 

Hey, so our HynoBirthing class starts this week. I just started to read the book and I was pleasantly surprised.  It's a great read, and no bold, italicized, or underlined fonts at all!  And then I realized that Hypnobabies is different from HypnoBirthing... I always thought they were the same thing! orngbiggrin.gif

post #10 of 13

I really loved the entire program (though I was a bit self-conscious when I did the scripts with DH!). It really worked for us last time. I woudl fall asleep listening to them so I ended up walking with my ipod and listened to a lot of them that way. It seemed to be a good way to get some exercise, too :)
 

post #11 of 13

Having done some mediation and visualization previously, I have to say the hypnobabies cds were just too slow paced for me.  She would describe something she wanted me to visualize and I would be done visualizing before she asked me to start. I found a hypnobirthing book that came with a cd and I am going to try that.  I guess I just need to work at my own pace and I think a book might help me do that more.

post #12 of 13

I used Hypnobabies last time, and I just got the CDs out to listen to them again.  It worked great for me, even though I didn't use them exactly as directed.  I never was able to completely 'hypnotize' myself, but then again I always have trouble with totally letting myself go, trusting in the process, etc.  However, I found that I was able to learn how to relax myself more.  I found that the biggest help of the CDs was the confidence it gave me in my birth.  I was already feeling really good and confident about it, but there were a lot of underlying doubts (I had had a hospital birth with pitocin and an epidural the previous time).  So, I found that the CDs really worked on my confidence and trust in my body at a subconcsious level - which is what I really needed.  By the birth and during labor, I was totally confident in my body and that I could do it at home. 

 

I  also listened to them going to sleep, and even when I listened to them when I wasn't planning on going to sleep - I usually fell alseep while listening.  Which according to the book is totally fine, since it's working at a subconcsious level.  It worked for me since there weren't that many times in the few months I did it that I was able to get through a whole CD without falling asleep, and it still gave me the confidence I needed.  Maybe I did hypnotize myself, and I just fell asleep when I did :).

 

Anyway, I think you are supposed to listen to it when you aren't distracted, when you can get in the zone.  Labor kind of provides its own "zone," so maybe it isn't as necessary to have total quiet then.  But I would think it wise to not have any unnecessary things going on or unnecessary/unhelpful people there in later labor so you can get in "the zone" and not be stressed.  I didn't actually have the tapes on during labor because everything went so quickly and we were not prepared - we didn't even have our camera or video camera at the birth because we couldn't find them.  We were still preparing our birth kit during labor...etc.  By the time I thought about using the CDs everything was still going really quickly, I didn't know where my CDs or the CD player was...so, but I really think having that confidence instilled in me helped more than anything.  I had warned my husband not to listen to me if I said I wanted drugs or to go to the hospital and get an epidural, because I know that happens to a lot of people, especially during transition.  However, I never once felt that way.  I never once felt like I needed drugs or the hospital.  I knew I could do it.  I knew that everything was going normally.  It never crossed my mind that I couldn't do it.  So I really think that was totally the Hypnobabies, since the tapes repeatedly tell you that you can do it, it's a normal process, your body is made to give birth, etc.

 

One warning, though, you might want to tell your partner that everything they suggest on the tapes might not work for you.  I didn't realize my husband had been listening to the tapes along with me - I thought he had been asleep.  There is one part where in suggests your partner put his or her hand on your shoulder and say relax or something like that.  I hadn't mentioned this to my husband or intentionally have him listen to it or practice it, because I didn't really think it would work for me, knowing me.  Well, I was right.  Even though I hadn't talked to him about it, he tried it during labor, and I kind of threw his hand off me and I might have snapped at him too.  I didn't want him touching me during labor - at least at that moment, but he didn't try again...

I felt so bad right after I did it too, because I knew he was just trying to help, but that just didn't work for me.  Anyway, because of that, he thought that Hypnobabies was crap and didn't work.  I disagree, just that one exercise didn't work for me.  He is supersensitive and touchy about that type of thing though. 

 

Another thing about both hypnobabies and hypnobirthing is they talk to you about how it is not pain it is intensity.  While you may think differently during labor (I've heard some women say - they lied, this is painful!), I think having that mindset really helped me during labor.  I thought of it more like running a marathon or the intensity while lifting really heavy weights, or sprinting at the end of a race when you feel like you have no more energy left.  It was about endurance, intensity, and working toward that goal.  You know you are going to have a break, you know that at the end you will have a beautiful baby, and you know that this process of labor is making you stronger.  I absolutely loved the experience of labor and birth, and I did feel that exhilaration like after I had put everything into a race or lifting weights.  I really feel like Hypnobabies helped put me in that mindset, that this is not pain, this is intensity that comes with hard physical work. 

post #13 of 13

I did Hypnobabies with my first labor. I found it helped me relax and focus, to a point. However my labor went on for two days and I got stuck at 7 cm for 8 hours, soooo needless to say the technique ended up getting chucked out the window. I don't think it's totally ineffective, but it's probably not for everyone. Good luck with it!

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