I used Hynobabies and loved it! You NEED the printed materials. I found them very helpful and informative. I can't stress enough that you need to listen to those CDs A LOT and in different positions. I always listened at night when I was lying in bed. During my birthing time, I had a hard time relaxing while sitting or standing because I had never practiced. I never had any BH surges (I ended up being induced and C/S), but for my next pregnancy I hope to be able to take advantage of the BH surges for walking practice.
I will also start listening to the CD's the day I get a BFP! Man I slept GREAT after listening to that program
I'll also utilize the fear release more next time. I felt so silly with my fears (like pooping/puking in front of my hunsband) and didn't realize I hadn't really identified the big fears. Definitely scour the yahoo group's old posts and birth stories for more inspiration. www.pregnancy.org
has an "official" hypnobabies board but it is very seldom used, although Kerry has posted some great stuff.
When I told the nurse at the hospital that I was using hypnosis, I know she walked out of the room and laughed. It was so defeating. For many reasons, I'll have a homebirth next time. If you do go to the hospital, I just wouldn't say a word. Turn off the lights and explain that you just want to be alone in the dark and for them to please leave. It is harder to make fun of someone who just wants some space than someone who is using something other than an epidural for pain control. I knew they were waiting for me to fail which made that epi and C-section even harder. So that's my advice from having BTDT.
Also check out www.spinningbabies.com
and the book Back Labor No More