I agree that when I researched it, hypnobirthing is not nearly as involved as Hypnobabies and Hypbirth. I used Hypbirth for my last birth. I basically decided that I also didn't need the CBE part of the program so either one would be fine. I bid on both of them on Ebay and Hypbirth was the first one that I "won" (about 2 years ago and I paid $90). While I did not have a pain-free labor, I was very relaxed and definately used the things that I learned. Here is my birth story:
I had my membranes stripped on May 5th at my 40 week appointment (edd May 4th). I started having irregular contractions at about 4am. I got up about 9am not really sure if I was in the beginning stages of labor. Contractions (surgesJ) were 20-30 min apart and not strong at all.
As I stood up from eating lunch, my water broke. I called my midwives who came by to check on me and set their stuff up. I was dialated to 3cm at the time (around 1 pm). I was not in an active labor pattern (surges were still 20-30 min apart and not strong) so they told me to try and get some rest. The surges began to get stronger shortly after they left but I laid down and put on a hypbirth cd. I listened to 2 of the practice cds while sleeping. They were the ones you listen to every day with deepening and birth affirmations.
I woke up about 3:30pm when the midwives called to check on me. When I woke up, my surges were 10 min apart and getting stronger. I decided to get up and move around a little. We watched a movie on tv while I sat on the birth ball.
At about 6:00, things started getting more serious. I went back in my bedroom and put on the Hypbirth labor cd. At that time, I realized that I was having two contractions at once. The first one would last about 20-30 seconds and just as I was coming down from that, a stronger second one would hit for about 20 seconds. I was using the shortest contraction tract and just as it would be talking me down from the first one, that second surge would hit and I would not be ready for it. I tried to skip the talking down part and start over but we had a hard time getting the timing right. None of us thought to use the longest one and see if that could get me through both. That may have worked. I gave up using the cds about 7 because I was frustrated trying to get the timing right. I remember feeling like the first part was okay, but if the second one started and I wasn’t ready it was overwhelming. I felt naked, like I just wasn’t ready for it. I continued to use the relaxation and visualizations that I had learned throughout my labor.
The midwives got back at 7:40pm. They checked me then (which I had been planning to refuse and wish looking back that I would have). My body signs were telling me that I was in transition and that I was almost done. I was only dialated to 4cm. I began to doubt my body. I got into the birth pool and started doing labor math. I was thinking that this was going to last for 6+ hours and that I was crazy for wanting a home birth. I was in pain then and was wondering how I was going to make it that long. If I had been in the hospital, I am pretty sure that I would have asked for an epidural at that point (although I probably wouldn’t have gotten it before he was bornJ!)
At 8:15 pm, I stood up smiling and yelled that it was time to pushJ! I was so relieved! As I was pushing, the baby’s heart rate was dropping down to 80-90 bpm. After the first couple of contractions, they started giving me oxygen and told me I needed to get him out quickly or they were going to have to assist me. Reece Michael came shooting out at 8:26 pm. His cord was wrapped around his neck twice and under his arms. As soon as it was unwrapped, he turned pink and started crying.
I moved to the bed to nurse and deliver the placenta. They realized that I had a pretty bad labial tear. Most likely, his shoulders coming out so fast caused it. I spent about 30 min getting quite a few stitches because I was bleeding quite a bit. This was probably the worst part because I was out of the birthing mindset. I wanted to be relaxing with my baby and family/friends that were there. I ate (the last thing I felt like doing!) and we pulled the blanket over us and went to sleep.
I did still use the relaxation techniques during the last part of my labor even when I wasn't using the cds anymore. I believe that being able to relax and let my body do what it was supposed to is why things went so quickly. I plan to use hypnosis again this time, although I am contemplating getting Hypnobabies also. Hypbirth tells you to lay down while you are using it. Since I knew that I would not want to lay down, I did practice the cds standing up in the last few weeks. I have heard that Hypnobabies teaches you to use the deep relaxation while moving around. The great thing about buying these is you can sell them back on Ebay for approximately the same price as you bought them as long as they don't get scratched.
Sorry so long!! I tried to paraphrase the birth story and gave up shortly!! HTH!