Make sure you do some searches in the birthing/pregnancy forums. There are lots of useful threads on hypnosis and childbirth.
I am a previous Bradley teacher w/2 Bradley babies but had to move on to something more with #3. I birth at home and needed better relaxation techniques. Really, I needed relaxation techniques I could practice on my own
Self-hypnosis and childbirth are a GREAT combination! I took Hypnobirthing irl w/a hypnotherapist. It was lacking in a big way - technique and childbirth ed. I tossed it and ordered Hypnobabies. I can't rave enough! My 3rd birth was the best ever, I'm using it w/my fourth and wouldn't consider using anything else. It is a great program, very thorough, lots of good info, and wonderful wonderful techniques.
There is a difference in the programs imo so research wisely and search for threads. There's lots of info on MDC.
Oh, to the poster who just finished Bradley. Hypnobabies in particular doesn't recommend combining their program along with another. Not for any "better than thou" reasons but b/c HBabies is trying to teach women that their birth can be comfortable - even painless which is contrary to the "labor is work, pain is inevitable but you can get through it" philosophy. You can make the leap - I did. But you have to want to. I understand not buying it. I just wanted to roll my eyes when women talked about hypnosis - puhleeze
Then I found myself in a position where I NEEDED it so I went for it. I think I was a fence straddler the last time and I still had an amazing birth experience so this time I am going for it
I understand the hypnosis thing seems strange and, I'm understanding it more this time. It's not like the kind of hypnosis at comedy shows where people do the funky chicken and don't know it. It's more the kind of hypnosis where you're driving on a road trip but don't remember the last "X" amount of time b/c you were zoned out - or the tv zoned you out or a boring person zoned you out (zoned out may be a bad descriptor but you get the idea right?).