I was hoping to take a Hypnobabies class but none of the teachers in my area offer one that will finish before our due date. :( I have found a Hypnobirthing class that is offered with time to spare though. For those of you that have researched or used both methods, which do you think would be more beneficial- the in-person Hypnobirthing class or the at home Hypnobabies class? Thanks for your help!
Hypnobirthing class or Hypnobabies home study course?
As a HypnoBirthing practitioner, I totally recommend HypnoBirthing rather than self-taught HypnoBabies. Many couples choose HypnoBabies because of the lower cost and the ease of not having to go to a class at some location at a certain time. Making time for the 2 1/2 hour sessions can be stressful. And the cost is quite a bit more. But I can just about guarantee you that on-site learning with a certified professional demonstrating the techniques, explaining the rationale and how to do the techniques is far superior to DIYing. It's like the difference between getting a massage from a massage therapist vs. massaging an area yourself. You may be able to do it, but it just isn't as effective. And regarding the cost: compare the cost of HypnoBirthing to the cost of an epidural. HypnoBirthing is worth every penny you invest. Give it a try. If your goal is to have a comfortable, peaceful birth, go with HypnoBirthing--in a class. (HypnoBirthing Institute also offers the course as a DIY program--same program but without the practitioner providing live demonstration. It's the same cost, if I remember correctly, but the difference is the effectiveness of live instruction.) Some couples, however, do not have access to classes. Either DIY method--HypnoBirthing or HypnoBabies--will prepare you well for birth, but an on-site class is far more effective.
Best wishes for a beautiful birth!
Initially I was leaning toward taking the hypnobirthing class. But I researched them online, and all moms who had done both programs with different children strongly preferred Hypnobabies. That's what swayed me; though I'd still love to hear from moms who've gone through both and can compare.
Friends have used the online hypnobirthing course from the hypnobirthingdownloads website (also on positive-birth I think) - they got videos and lots of mp3 downloads for before, during and after the birth and loved it all. There was a money back guarantee so no risk and they also had great support from the site with personal contact and advice re questions. Definitely worth a try.