I think I'm going to use it, but just need to ask a few questions of those who have done it or are planning to do it!! Thanks ahead of time!
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7/5/08 at 9:32pm
Okay, in order here are the best responses I can give with only my experience:
1-My DH never, ever read one of the scripts to me. We both thought it was hokey and never even tried. I think I might have felt different once I was done with the program and in maintenance, but we never tried. So no failure there.
2-When talking to friends and such, I still use all my original language. The alternate language is really meant for people who have fear issues with the language. If contractions=pain to you, stop thinking about contractions. If, like me, you never had a bad association then don't worry about it. I didn't find that it distracted me, I often substituted one word for another. I did switch to saying birthing time, because I like it better than labor.
3-You don't have to listen all the time. You may feel that you want to, but they also teach you ways to go into hypnosis without anywords at all (fingerdrop technique).
4-Honestly, if this doesn't wok I'm not sure what would. Most of the women who report that it "didn't work" for them got distracted by stuff going on at the hospital. I haven't read too many stories of homebirths that had any issues. I would think that other methods would be just as suseptible to distraction. A few also stated that they chose not to use any of their tools, so of course it didn't work. HB just uses hypnosis to focus the relaxation and visualization tools you might learn in another method.
5-I never used the affirmations at all in my first HypnoBabies birth. Didn't seem to affect it.
I am an engineer by trade so highly analytical discribes me quite well. I honestly think it works better for us than for others if we get fully committed to it.
I add more if I get a chance after dinner. HTH!
Okay, back with another thought or two.
I was completely overwelmed by the program when it first arrived. Would I really be dedicated to it? As it turned out, I used the peices that felt right to me and left the others alone. Still had a great outcome. So if something doesn't feel right, stop doing for a while. Maybe try it a gain later in the program and see if it is better.
The other think to decide right now is what you want out of it. I didn't really care about having a pain-free birth. I wanted calm. I wanted controlled. I wanted peace. So I didn't worry about practicing the things that were meant for pain management. A pleasant side-effect? I had a pain-free birth. Mild discomfort is the strongest words I would use. Complete calm, peaceful, controlled birth is what I ended up with, even through transition. I never lost it.
Okay off to get DD to bed, she's falling asleep on the floor snuggling the dog.