Had a really bad 1st birth experience & was upset by it for years.
2nd time around, we did Hypnobirth. Even practicing it, I was still half thinking "this is sort of a load of crap", but I practiced anyway!!! I thought, there is no way I can be like those ladies in the films.
Well, it really must have worked, because I awoke at 3 am with a "funny feeling" in my tummy. Got in a warm bath & stayed there for a few hours while we tried to figure out what was happening (duh). Ended up calling our midwife who suspected I was in labor. Got to the birth center 9 cm dialated. Couple a pushes and out came my 8 lb 14 oz baby--a little more than 4 hours after I felt the first twinge!
I was not silent through labor--I sounded out a lot, but truly felt great. Not even a tylenol taken & labor can only be described as powerful, awesome, instense, but yes--pain free. It was the best experience of my life!!! Wish I could just do it over and over again!
Good luck to your friend!