I used the Hypnobabies Home Study course with my first and I have to say it was great. I would almost say my first labor was pain free. It was until the pushing phase, for sure...and the pushing contractions were really intense...but I didn't register any pain...I just kind of disconnected for the time of the contractions. I didn't actually use any of the scripts or actively use any of the techniques for the first birth, so I'd hoped the knowledge was still there for the second...but nope, I really needed to do the practice. With my second I didn't prioritize it and I really wish I had. I felt much less connected to my second daughter throughout the pregnancy and birth and the birth was MUCH more painful. So I'm starting early this time!
I also read a lot of books with my first and just didn't have much time for that with my second. I loved Ina May's books. They were the best for building my confidence in my body and my birth. I read a lot of other books that were good information on what I didn't want, but Ina May's books were the best positive books I read.
Anyone else have a course or book that they'd recommend?