I am doing the Hypnobabies home study course, and I am very happy with how relaxed it has made me thus far. I am birthing at a birth center, and plan on laboring in a pool. I have been listening to Hypnobabies on my husband's old IPOD, which has a really poor battery life (like max of 2 hours). He is also a little worried about me having the IPOD in the water. I think I would like to buy my own mp3 or personal CD player for labor, but I am wondering what would be the best logistically. I really don't want to spend more that $50 for the device, maybe a little extra for a waterproof armband.
Would it be possible to play the CDs on a normal CD player, or would that put my midwife, nurse, and husband to sleep? Would the IPOD shuffle, with a waterproof armband work? I wonder if it would be too hard to find the right track during labor. Would I feel constricted during labor, from the armband, and want to be totally naked? If I am Hypnobirthing, would it be better to labor/ rest in bed? Thanks for your input!