I'd like to look into hypnobirthing, because I never really have, and I honestly don't know that much about it, but I think that I'll pretty much do the same things again - which was read a lot of Bradley, and do a lot of vizualization prep and stuff like that. I like Bradley, in fact, my MIL actually had him as the doc at one of her daughters births, and i will read the book and do the exercises, cause i think they work, but here are some things about it that I don't like:
- you must lie down to relax (i can relax while in other positiosn than the one given.)
- they sacrifice comfort for speed of labor (i'd much rather be a balls to the wall turbo birther!)
But, I really do like:
-abdominal breathing. i practiced kind of half assed last time, and i didn't ever get SO to do it with me. This time (right about NOW!) we are going to practice, because when i was in labor, abdominal breathing was one of the only things that helped me.
- being informed about what is happening with your body and using that in visualizations.
-all the test info, like someone else said.
Last time, the main room in the birthing center was taken, so I was stuck with the room w/out the tub. For a moment, I got into the regular bath tub, but the water wasn't full, and it was too cold, and it just turned me off, but I am so excited to at least try laboring in a real tub. I know it will help majorly! I'd love to birth in it, but I don't know if my birth center will allow it.
ANyway, thanks for all the responses, ladies, Very informative! ANd I love how all you ladies are so in tuned with your bodies and trust your instincts. What else would I expect from a bunch of