I'm just curious who is doing hypnobirthing? Are you taking classes? I am reading the book right now and planning to take a 5 session class with my husband. I watched some youtube videos and the labor/delivery seems so peaceful, which is what I really want!
Who is doing hypnobirthing??
I did hypnobabies, self-study course. My birth was so quick and easy that it really caught me off-guard and I was a bit scared by the speed (DD born 11 minutes after calling midwife). I'd only had 2 strong contractions before I called the midwife. I don't know if this had anything to do with hypnobabies and ironically I didn't even really use hypnobabies during those 11 minutes. I just pushed in to try and keep her inside until the midwife got there. I've never even heard the final track. The next I am not going to focus on "quick and easy" but I will be using hypnobabies again.
you know - I got EFM on Monday (routine here) during which I had one contraction, it went all the way above 100% on the monitor and I was surprised that it didn't feel uncomfortable at all. If I weren't looking at the monitor I wouldn't have noticed that it was that strong... Maybe, just maybe this is working?
I did Hypnobabies with my first and will do it again. It was AMAZING. I had a long labor but it was very, very peaceful. I have a picture of myself smiling during transition to prove it!
I used the home study course, mostly listening to the tracks while falling asleep at night, and that preparation felt very sufficient. It was a great solution to pregnancy insomnia and was the only way I could get any sleep during the later weeks, when it felt like the baby was on top of my lungs. I grew confident in the method as I saw how much it helped with headaches and backaches, as well as hormonal mood swings. Really, the relaxation tools could benefit many people, pregnant or not.
Besides all the wonderful birth stories, what really drew me to Hypnobabies was the fact that it doesn't rely on any external conditions to be there for you in labor. It's all mental, so it doesn't require specific supplies, or positions (you can do just about anything while in Hypnobabies alert hypnosis), or labor support people, etc. I knew I would be prepared even if something bizarre happened and I ended up completely alone or risked out of the birth center, etc. It is such a great program!
Question for any Hypnomoms who had VBACs: did you replace your Joyful Affirmations track with your VBAC success track? I'm alternating them when I go to sleep at night, but both say you should listen to them daily...
I took classes last time & will do a refresher this time. Last time I hadn't started till about 6 wks before my due date!
I try to listen to it regularly during pregnancy too.