Going for a HBA2C this fall and was wondering how anyone else did with the hypnobabies self-study course - esp the VBAC tracks. Did you find it helpful? With my last one I went over 42 weeks and caved to the section because of, well, sheer impatience, stalled labour and just could not take another day of the emotional rollercoaster. Did hypnobabies keep you calm and relaxed until the end? This time round I am SO much more determined to avoid the hospital BUT would like a few more coping techniques than sheer stubborness.
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I used the Hypnobabies self study course in preparation for my VBAC. I will be honest and say that I didn't follow the schedule exactly as far as listening to everything I was supposed to the number of times I was supposed to listen. Mostly, if I had time, I'd turn it on at night, and fall asleep listening to it. I also didn't completely "buy in" to the whole notion of a pain free labor. That wasn't why I wanted it anyhow. I just wanted another tool in my bag of tricks for coping. Honestly, I think the track that was most helpful to me was the birth affirmations (the only one that was non-hypnotic, and therefore was allowable to listen while driving). Maybe it was most helpful because I listened to it the most frequently, I'm not sure. But the affirmations came to me at just the right times during labor and it was fantastic as a coping mechanism. I didn't become hypnotized during labor, but that wasn't really my goal anyhow. I think it was most useful in getting my head in the right place, more than anything. I think we VBAC moms have a bigger hurdle in that area than other birthing moms, as far as trusting birth, and your body and the process, etc. etc. At least for me, I was 42 weeks the first time before my labor started, and it went on (and off) for 3 days, all the way to 9 centimeters before I transferred to the hospital, labored some more with pitocin, and finally was in kidney failure so they wouldn't let me continue and I had the section. With my HBAC, I labored 8 hours from very first contraction to baby OUT :) and it was awesome. I think a lot of it was in my head... meaning that I was afraid the first time around and perhaps had some emotional dystocia (on top of a malpositioned baby) and so I couldn't get her out. Anyway, Hypnobabies certainly can't hurt to try!
I used Hypnobirthing, the Mongan Method. Some like Hypnobabies better. But the one I used was great. I'd recommend it to anyone. I listened to the CD mostly while sleeping, and didn't even know what it said (though some of it is more useful if you use it consciously, but even sleeping through it has benefits). One day while listening to the standard natural birth horror stories everyone has to tell any woman who wants to have one, I thought, oh, but that has nothing to do with me. Then I wondered why not? I was sure it didn't, but couldn't explain. Later I listened to the CD while awake and discovered that it had exactly that suggestion in it!
The book promises pain-free birth, which I can't corroborate, but I didn't do all the exercises, mostly just the relaxation. That alone was hugely helpful. I felt fine with everything till near the end, about the time I started pushing. Had very little tearing, took no pain meds. Perfect birth.
I had my HBA2C! My 9lb 6oz baby boy was born at home after 4 hours of intense labour. Def Def the hypnobabies visualization, affirmations and relaxation made it all possible. When active labour hit though I went from a 5 to full dilation in about 70 minutes and could not find the head space or time to go limp and relax between so I felt every single pressure wave. Cannot recommend hynobabies enough though for anyone else going for a VBAC - the VBAC success tracks were spot on and I know the relaxation and the confidence I gained through it was what made this birth possible.