Follow up to previous post. LONG, sorry.
In follow up to my previous post, here is a link to the Hypnobabies “supplemental” (for lack of a better term) CD: “Visualize Your Hypnobabies Birth”. While it doesn’t say specifically, it probably isn’t intended as a “stand alone” at home study program. But given your time constraints it might be your best bet. It certainly is affordable at $12.00. (plus shipping and handling).http://www.hypnobabies.com/product_i...bb97c6349a6623
I wouldn’t recommend wasting your time trying to buy the “Hypnobabies” program on Ebay. Primarily because you don’t save that much money and you need to be careful to make sure that all of the CDs and booklets are included. The cheapest I have seen it is about $90.00 but it can run up as high as $100.00 --or more-- plus Shipping & Handling. Also, no one ever thinks to volunteer information on how old the version they are selling is or when they bought it. I think the current edition is #4. According to the Hypnobabies website “This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 05 February, 2004” but that doesn’t mean they haven’t updated the product since then. Not to mention that if there is any problem with the condition of the materials it could take you too long to sort those issues out, putting you in an even bigger time bind. Finally, unless there is a “Buy It Now” option, most auctions last about 6 days, so there is another time issue.
If you buy from Hypnobabies directly you also get a “registration card” which entitles you to “1) Personal E-mail or phone consultations. These are available at all times with our Hypnobabies Support staff, for any questions you may have. (After returning your Home Study Enrollment Forms)” This is not the same thing as the Yahoo "Tuschhoff / Hypnobabies" chat support group (for more info on this see further below). Finally, if you do buy the program from them directly you might consider recouping a large part of your cost by listing it on Ebay or Craig’s List.
For alternatives to Hypnobabies, you might want to know what Tuschhoff thinks herself. Here is a link to an article by Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt, the creator of the “Kein” based “Hypnobabies” program. (Kein pioneered the research that the better “Hypnobirth” programs are based on.). Note, that according to a quote from Kein on the Hypnobabies website he is impressed with the way Tuschhoff has built on is work.http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/hypnoKerryCBE.html
As I mentioned in my previous post, while Tuschhoff does not specifically “recommend” any competing programs she does have some good things to say about some of them. Here is an excerpt to that effect from her article (the second to last paragraph):
“There are many good Hypnosis for Childbirth Programs now; Michelle LeClaire O’Neal’s (sic, O’Neill?) Hypnosis for Childbirth, Gayle Peterson’s Body Centered Hypnosis, Dr. Richard Widmeier’s New Concepts in Painless Childbirth, New Way Childbirth’s beautiful video and audio presentations for home study, and the many programs modeled directly from Jerry Kein’s work. Each has its own merits and each appeals in a different way. Ultimately, women need to spend time discovering what their own goals for childbirth are, and make their decisions based on what a program will offer them to achieve this. For some, it will be empowerment and being in control, for others a more relaxed and comfortable experience than "last time", and for still others, it will be a completely pain-free birthing. They will need to understand the kind of dedication and belief it takes to learn the skills that will bring them to fulfill their goals, therefore education and research is key in this area.”
In particular, I have spent some time looking into the Leclaire program Tuschhoff mentions: “The Leclaire Hypnobirthing Bundle for Happy Hypnomoms and Blissful Hypnobabies (Paperback) by Michelle Leclaire O'Neill”. This program is $59.99 plus shipping and handling.
Below is a link to Amazon’s “Leclaire Hypnobirthing” page and beneath that is a link to the actual Leclaire website.
Note, apparently this is not currently available through Amazon. However, I recommend you visit the Amazon site to check out the reader reviews. Reviews of earlier editions were negative largely due to the production quality of the CDs. Most of the recent reviews are positive. However, one very recent review is extremely negative. To summarize very briefly the reviewer takes issue with: 1) some typos, 2) at least one key piece of medical misinformation, and 3) the author’s general philosophy or belief system. However, I would place a lot of weight on Kerry Tuschhoff’s opinion considering that she has a strong background in this field and they are essentially competitors.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096...books&v=glancehttp://www.leclairemethod.com/index.html
Finally, as mentioned above, Tuschhoff / Hypnobabies has a “Yahoo” chat support group. The link to that page is below. I don’t think you need to buy anything, but you do need to be a Yahoo member and fill out an “application” for this particular chat group. As part of the application you need to briefly describe why you want to join (in 200 characters or less). You are then supposed to get a return email. From what I understand you will have access to online supplemental “scripts” which you can record yourself. However, I have tried to join twice myself with no luck. As far as I can tell I haven’t received a Yahoo return email; although I may have been a little to quick with the Spam / Delete button. I did email the Hypnobabies website regarding my first attempt to join (and received a reply from Kerry Tuschhoff) but I have yet to receive a response regarding my second attempt. However, I was impressed at the response to my first email, especially since it came from Kerry directly.http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HypnoBabies/
Sorry this is so long. Writing this all out has reinforced my impression that "Tuschoff / Hypnobabies" is the way to go, assuming I can make the time commitment. Hope this helps you as much as it did me. I’d love to know what you wind up doing. If you join the Yahoo chat and get a return email could you post a follow up here to let me know what the return address is so I’ll know what to look for if I try again? Thanks in advance for that.
Good luck with your decision.