Fledgling midwife on hiatus, Wife to B, mama to C (c/s 12/04) and S (12/07), m/c (3/12) and expecting another bean 6/13 .
I haven't been on the site in a while but used hypnobirthing with the birth of my first (I'm now pregnant with my second and will use it again).
I swear by it. Practice lots and teach your body to get into that state of relaxation on cue and you'll be able to do that during labour as well. I can honestly say, with no exaggeration that with 9 hrs of induced labour(after a planned home birth :( ) and pitocin, I was in absolutely no pain with the use of hypnobirthing and using the shower. Feel free to message me if you want to chat about it more :)
I didn't have a good experience with HypnoBirthing, because it was impossible for me to use the relaxation and move around, so I had to switch to Hypnobabies for my other births. My body likes me to move throughout my birthing, and especially during most of the birthing waves. So the techniques in Hypnobabies were perfect for me, because there is a specific skill that is designed to keep you deeply in hypnosis while moving freely any time you want. It worked beautifully for me!
I hope your new baby is doing well and your next birth goes very smoothly.