After our Hypnobabies birth, which was satisfactory but had its issues for me, I've decided to branch out a bit and combine resources as I see fit. I really appreciate the Mindful Birthing book, written by a CNM at UCSF. My husband and I are going through the exercises in the book as suggested. I already have meditation experience but I'm excited to see mindfulness taught specifically for pregnancy, birthing and parenting in an accessible, evidence-based way, in the vein of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
I see Mindful Birthing as sort of a mid-point between Hypnobabies and Birthing from Within. It doesn't deny that birthing cdoes include pain for most women, but it also doesn't deny that the sensations we usually interpret as pain are not always felt that way to everyone. Mindfulness can help transform our experience of pain so that it is less upsetting and maybe not so painful--in the usual sense of the word--after all. I enjoyed the practical information and perspectives in the book.One thing I did not like about the book was that I felt it was not very heart-based. It felt more clinical than my homebirthing, crunchy Sufi tendencies would dictate. But I can add my own spin to this, no doubt. :)
I do find the recommended format of going through the book to mimic the in-person class with my husband a little clunky and awkward. I've read the book fully and he has to catch up. It would be nice if there were discussion points or something included for each week of practice. Anyway, we're just getting started. If anyone else is doing this, I'd love to be in touch and share experiences a little.