I think I must've taken the same class as wednesday
! Hi fellow North Carolinian! Was your class in Raleigh? I also took a weekend course with my husband and was not terribly impressed with the instructors (esp. as neither had ever given birth)
However, I did find "Hypnobirthing" helped me have a great third birth, and the first two were pretty good (normal, vaginal, unmedicated, birth center, midwife attended) I found I was able to relax through the pain much much better with the "Hypnobirthing" techniques.
When I was pregnant most recently with my fourth baby I was not really in the market for a new program. I was really happy with the "Hypnobirthing" techniques, but a friend sent me her "Hypnobabies" materials and I found them to be a marked improvement over the "Hypnobirthing" materials. The creator was trained in "Hypnobirthing" and felt she need to learn a lot more about hypnosis and ended up creating a whole new, much more elaborate, developed program.
My fourth birth was my best ever, with only about an hour that was painful at all and much less physical trauma than any of the previous births.
so I would recommend Hypnobabies.
You must practice!
You must be the sort of person who can relax herself!
Happy birthing pinuchkin
P.s. if you would like to read the birth story where I used Hypnobabies, here it ishttp://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=417889