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We started Blissborn classes on Monday - it's hypnosis for birth, a newer method. I like it! It seems good!

 

I am really appreciating the nightly assignment of listening to the CD because it makes me relax everything so my parts don't hurt as bad ;)

 

It's interesting because I didn't feel like I had many fears going into the class, but through the exercises I've found some! They have the part where you let go of your fears and I was all happy and fine and then they talk about how you have all the generations of women before you that gave birth.. and that prompted me to remember my mothe, who did not dilate; my grandma who miscarried into a rusty bedpan, my great-grandma who died shortly after my grandpa was born due to complications I haven't really heard about.. and yay! issues :P

 

Very good to know ahead of time :)

 

Have you guys started classes? If so, how's it going? If not, are you going to?


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We can't afford classes, but I am reading a lot.  I finished Hypnobirthing, which was okay.  I think I took away a few good things, but I don't think it is a 'me' method.  I am reading Orgasmic Birth right now, which I am liking more.  If I can get my hands on some Bradley or any other good books, I will read those too.


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DH and I will be going to a few Bradley Method refresher classes starting in a few weeks.  We took the full Bradley course when I was pg with DS and we really liked it.  I called the instructor, who has also become a friend, to ask about refresher classes and she said she'll just let me know when the next course gets to the classes that we want to attend and we can just pop in.  I plan to mainly attend the classes on relaxation and L&D, plus I want to schedule some one on one time with her to talk about home birth as she had one with her oldest and I want to pick her brain a little.

 

Becky, the whole embrace your fears concept is interesting, isn't it?  I didn't think I had any fears going into this pregnancy since I had a successful natural, Bradley birth with DS.  I have since come to realize that I do have some lingering issues with the way DS's birth was handled at the hospital that are keeping me from really being 100% sure a home birth will work out.  I really need to talk some things over with my midwife, but we keep having scheduling issues and I haven't had a prenatal appt with her in a couple of months.  I hope you get the chance to work through your emotions in the next couple of months.  It really does make a difference going into the birth experience with high confidence.

 

GC:  Check your local library for Husband Coached Childbirth, the book written by Dr. Bradley.  It's been around for awhile, so it should be available in larger library collections.  Or Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way, written by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg with an intro by Dr. Bradley.   Also check to see if your area has a natural childbirth advocacy group.  They often have lending libraries available where you could borrow some reading materials.


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Yes, I did. I started last month. My doula actually is a Bradley method childbirth educator and I am taking her class (she offered me a great deal!).. and I had 3 classes so far (total 8 classes, once a week) and I LOVE it!! I am soooo glad I'm taking it, caz truthfully, I am VERY much scared of this whole labor thing. But slowly but surely it's getting better.....I love the excercises (sp?) she has tought us so far, I'm not practicing those regularly...but the having the knowledge of those is quite powerful. I had no idea about simple tailor sitting position, and it has served me good so far whenever I am having back pain...!! So, I'm taking in a lot from this class, even the simple thing. And our class is very small in size, only 2 couples and me...and my doula acts as my partner since DH is MIA! smile.gif

 

I also have signed up for the hospital classes that they offer, which is scheduled to start next month, at this point not sure if I will take the whole thing or just show up for the first class.

 

I really recommend taking classes, specially for the first timers!


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Another Bradley Method first-timer here!  We only just started but I really like it.  Trying to tailor-sit when I can (can't do it at my desk) and getting those pelvic tilts in.  :)


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Can't afford classes & none offered by the primary hospital i will be at. Anyone have good reading ideas for me & DH?

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Can't afford classes & none offered by the primary hospital i will be at. Anyone have good reading ideas for me & DH?



I'm reading this one: http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Without-Violence-Revolutionalized-Children/dp/0892815450

It's from the 70's so a lot of what he's talking about doesn't really go on anymore, but I like the way he brings us into the baby's world. If you come at it from a baby-centered view, it helps plan things, I think.

 

Otherwise, I don't know. But I bet a lot of these ladies do :)


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Otherwise, I don't know. But I bet a lot of these ladies do :)


That's why posted here. Being a first timer, i feel like i don't know very much and don't have the time to prepare, due to the arrangements that need to be worked around (darn military) but i know that reading things will help along with getting DH to read things. He is finally out of training and willing to read the material i want him to. Yay!

 

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That's why posted here. Being a first timer, i feel like i don't know very much and don't have the time to prepare, due to the arrangements that need to be worked around (darn military) but i know that reading things will help along with getting DH to read things. He is finally out of training and willing to read the material i want him to. Yay!

 

 

Awesome guy! :D

 

Here's some links I've liked:

http://navelgazingmidwife.squarespace.com/navelgazing-midwife-blog/2010/1/20/labor-a-visual-guide.html

http://sarahvine.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/perineal-massage-exactly-how-to-do-it/

http://www.natural-pregnancy-mentor.com/vaginal-exams.html
 

 


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It's interesting because I didn't feel like I had many fears going into the class, but through the exercises I've found some! They have the part where you let go of your fears and I was all happy and fine and then they talk about how you have all the generations of women before you that gave birth...


Totally an interesting perspective, but also keep in mind, you may be so focused on the contractions, and just getting through them, that you won't have time to think about anything else.  After reading all the birth books I did (Birthing From Within, Bradley Books, Spiritual Midwifery), I was so worried that my rampantly crazy lady brain would "stop" me.  Nuh uh.  In the moment, it was contractions, only contractions, and nothing else.
 

It could have totally just been my experience, but I remember wondering after the fact, "how do people dwell on their issues through that?"  Mentally, I was all dilation, and nothing else orngbiggrin.gif

 

I'm actually tempted this time to sign up for some classes this go round, simply to force DH to spend time on the pregnancy, to connect, and to possibly de-stress.  The nightly listening CDs sound really wonderful about now.  I know I can relax during labor, it's just daily pregnancy life that's KILLING me.

 


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Totally an interesting perspective, but also keep in mind, you may be so focused on the contractions, and just getting through them, that you won't have time to think about anything else.  After reading all the birth books I did (Birthing From Within, Bradley Books, Spiritual Midwifery), I was so worried that my rampantly crazy lady brain would "stop" me.  Nuh uh.  In the moment, it was contractions, only contractions, and nothing else.
 

It could have totally just been my experience, but I remember wondering after the fact, "how do people dwell on their issues through that?"  Mentally, I was all dilation, and nothing else orngbiggrin.gif

 

I'm actually tempted this time to sign up for some classes this go round, simply to force DH to spend time on the pregnancy, to connect, and to possibly de-stress.  The nightly listening CDs sound really wonderful about now.  I know I can relax during labor, it's just daily pregnancy life that's KILLING me.

 

 

Yeah, I think I shouldn't think about these things - I will be doing daily meditations for three months and was actually over that one after one go, so yay. :)

 

And yes! I agree that labor should be far more distracting that what I'm currently doing. If not, that's weird ;)

 

I think it's a good idea to do classes. You've had a very rough go of it and it's nice to have that time that is about you and the baby and how he can be there for you. Hypnosis is a great one because you guys have to relax ;) In the first class she did a thing and we all zoned out as instructed - felt like 5 minutes, but it was 35! Very useful and I think the tools they teach will be useful for his back issues as well.

 

I wish you lived closer!
 

 


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Took the hospital classes with DS1, and the doula offered Birthing From Within classes with DS2, so we are not taking any this time.

 

The book I found most helpful with DS2 was "The Thinking Womans Guide To Childbirth" By Henci Goer


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I'm not "going" to classes. Instead we have opted for an at home course. There is lots of reading, a DVD that has bits that go with each chapter in the main book & two audio CDs. The audio CDs are one just of a woman breathing through the different parts of labor, and it has a book about breathing & relaxation to read as well. The other CD is audio instructions for doing internal preparation from 32 weeks on, so we haven't got to that yet. Its all about preparing "down there" to stretch when the time comes. DH will get to do that bit, which might be kind of fun. blush.gif

 

The main focus of everything we've covered so far is about being familiar with your birthing body, keeping it relaxed and open, and how to help the baby come down through the pelvic cavity if it gets stuck. They have these great exercises for widening the hip area (pelvic inlet), speeding up dilation (uterine lift) and dealing with lower back pain, especially around the sacrum (sacral rock). I've even been using the sacral rocking exercises whenever I start getting any back aches and it only takes a few minutes to feel the pain disappear. They also teach a relaxation method called "directed breathing" which keeps sending DH to sleep when he tries it. One of the first things we covered was learning the shape of our pelvic outlets, which is unique in all of us. We found I have a long but narrow outlet, so I have to focus on positions that will widen my pelvic outlet (& whole pelvic cavity) during labor. Some of the positions I tried last time actually narrow me and so worked against the space DS was trying to make. This time knowing my personal shape, both DH & I can focus on getting me as wide and open as possible.

 

The material we're using is called "The Pink Kit" and is available here. There are two options. One is to have the material sent to you and it costs $79. The other option is instant download and that is only $65. It gets shipped from New Zealand, but it still took less than a week for me to receive it in the mail. I absolutely love how comprehensive this material is and can't recommend it enough. It was recommended to me by a friend who has had 4 HBACs thanks in part to this material and is about to have another home birth next month still using the techniques she has learned from this material.


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I'm not "going" to classes. Instead we have opted for an at home course. There is lots of reading, a DVD that has bits that go with each chapter in the main book & two audio CDs. The audio CDs are one just of a woman breathing through the different parts of labor, and it has a book about breathing & relaxation to read as well. The other CD is audio instructions for doing internal preparation from 32 weeks on, so we haven't got to that yet. Its all about preparing "down there" to stretch when the time comes. DH will get to do that bit, which might be kind of fun. blush.gif

 

The main focus of everything we've covered so far is about being familiar with your birthing body, keeping it relaxed and open, and how to help the baby come down through the pelvic cavity if it gets stuck. They have these great exercises for widening the hip area (pelvic inlet), speeding up dilation (uterine lift) and dealing with lower back pain, especially around the sacrum (sacral rock). I've even been using the sacral rocking exercises whenever I start getting any back aches and it only takes a few minutes to feel the pain disappear. They also teach a relaxation method called "directed breathing" which keeps sending DH to sleep when he tries it. One of the first things we covered was learning the shape of our pelvic outlets, which is unique in all of us. We found I have a long but narrow outlet, so I have to focus on positions that will widen my pelvic outlet (& whole pelvic cavity) during labor. Some of the positions I tried last time actually narrow me and so worked against the space DS was trying to make. This time knowing my personal shape, both DH & I can focus on getting me as wide and open as possible.

 

The material we're using is called "The Pink Kit" and is available here. There are two options. One is to have the material sent to you and it costs $79. The other option is instant download and that is only $65. It gets shipped from New Zealand, but it still took less than a week for me to receive it in the mail. I absolutely love how comprehensive this material is and can't recommend it enough. It was recommended to me by a friend who has had 4 HBACs thanks in part to this material and is about to have another home birth next month still using the techniques she has learned from this material.


I've eyed the kit off and on but was deciding against it.. figuring out my pelvic outlet shape sounds awesome, though! What a fabulous tool! Thank you so much for detailing the kit again :)

 


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We are going to classes offered by a local doula group.  I don't think they are any particular method.  I also downloaded some hypnosis tracks that someone (I forget who it was...sorry!) here linked to a while back.  I like them!  I'm looking forward to our classes (which start in June) because I don't know many people around here yet, and so maybe I'll make some friends.

 

A friend loaned me a Bradley book and I read it and found it helpful, but also decided that method is probably not for me (mainly because of my personality and my partner's personality).


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We took a breathing and relaxation class on Monday night and on Sat we are taking an all day prepared childbirth class... This is for my DH since this is his first.I on the otherhand will be bored out of my mind. I teach Childbirth and breastfeeding classes already. The ONLY reason I am doing this is because he won't give me the time to sit down and go over this with him. Having my mentors do this is so much easier and he was really responsive with the breathing and relaxation class... She was able to show him with hands on where I could'nt get it accross to him.. Sounds crazy I know. But with having a natural childbirth I told him it was important he knew what he was doing so he could help us and our daughter.... That changed his view a bit... SOOO we shall see how tomorrow goes...

 

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