Welcome to a new week! I'm going to be 28 weeks tomorrow!
Luckily my RLP has subsided for now.
I had my first Birthing from Within class last night. It's interesting, because I felt slightly conflicted last night after leaving, only because I've been practicing the breathing relaxation methods from hypnobirthing and hypnobabies, and I mentioned them as an aside during class and the teacher was a little negative about it. I read a little bit more on other boards about the conflict between the two, because many people seem to think the two types of methods are complete opposites. But I'd beg to differ. For one, there seems to be this idea (from my teacher or other BFW teachers) that hypnobirthing or hypnobabies doesn't teach pain coping strategies when a majority of hypnobirthing and hypnobabies if breath-focused, which IS a pain-coping strategy. I found it interesting that my BFW teacher immediately said defensively that she would not be teaching us breathing techniques. That's fine, I'm glad I've been practicing the ones from the other two books!
I think the other common assumption is that hypnobirthing/hypnobabies teaches that there will be no pain during childbirth and that BFW assumes there absolutely will be. But going through hypnobirthing/hypnobabies books, I think the phrase is that they "can" be. Which is merely being open to the possibility, not setting yourself up for failure by assuming there won't be any pain. And based on what I learned last night, BFW does make pain a given, but the point of the class is to make it so that pain "doesn't matter as much" and is therefore more easy to cope with. "the pain is GOOD" is the mentality, which transforms pain as a negative thing to a positive thing we don't need to resist.
Don't know why I felt like sharing all this, but this is where my head is. I think the two can be used successfully together by having an arsenal of tools to go through when the time comes. Actually it's kinda nice to put the two together, because you have breathing techniques and amnesia techniques but if they are not as effective, you are "ok" with the pain you are feeling because "the pain is good".
I very much believe that keeping our minds open to any possibility (for every potential negative occurrence there is an equally opposite potential for a positive one) is the best way to handle any unknown situation. It keeps my more optimistic, anyways.
And I won't be mentioning another method in BFW again, boy was that a bad idea!