I used hypnobabies during my home waterbirth with our second son and I LOVED it! So I'm using it again this birth. I plan to start listening and practicing this week. Is anyone else using hypnobabies?
The closest Hypnobabies class to me is about 1 1/2 hours away, so not really practical for me to attend! They have a home study option. It's $155.00 if I remember right. For DS2 I borrowed the materials from someone. This time I decided that I love the material so much that I want my own copy, so I bought it! It's worth EVERY PENNY!!!! Also, there is a book out there called Hypnobirthing, but my understanding is that it is NOT a full program like Hypnobabies and I'm not sure that it would be effective in the way that Hypnobabies is.I'm really interested in hypnobabies but not sure how it works....do I have to find someone that teaches it? or can I buy cds online? any information about it would be greatly appreciated! I've heard a lot of great things about it
Hi Neonalee. Oh man - wish I'd known about the discount before I'd bought mine. Oh well! When I used hypnobabies the last time, towards the end I had a touch of restless leg syndrome. Since you've just started, this might be Greek to you. But at some point you'll learn how to use a switch to get yourself into deep relaxation. When you're switch is off, you can't move. So if you need to move, you turn your switch back on. There were practices towards the end where I was literally flipping my switch every 30 seconds or less. I looked around and I think it was somewhere on the Hypnobabies site that I learned that this can be common for some women and it doesn't affect the outcome at all. It totally did NOT affect my outcome at all! I had a lovely and awesome hypnobabies birth despite all of my fidgeting!DDC crashing (clicked the wrong month lol). I got the self study course (sign up for the newsletter first for a discount or google search for a discount) & there is a certified practitioner in my area that does an option for self study people. A few hours with her after you've done the program to ask questions, practice, etc. So I'll be doing that as well.
I forgot to listen to it last night. The first night within the first few minutes of starting I got really twitchy & itchy. It was awful (and not uncommon for me at night anyway). Hoping that doesn't continue!
I agree. It is good to know! I fell asleep a lot my first time around and still did great. I did try to consciously listen to tracks though if I couldn't stay awake for them. I remember that suggestion being in the book so that your conscious mind can hear the cues as well.The nice thing about hypnobabies is that your inner mind is always listening even if you are asleep or think you are asleep. I dozed off every time during my practice before my first hypnobabies birth and was surprised in labor that I was using techniques I didn't even consciously know I had practiced!! (I "painted" mental anesthesia on my uterus which was so helpful in labor and didn't even know it was a hypnobabies suggestion until afterward!). I had a great and mostly comfortable natural birth even though I slept through my practice every time.
One thing that I found really cool-- hypnobabies always says that in emergency situations, you will immediately awaken and be completely aware. Well, I had fallen asleep to hypnobabies practice at 2:15am and at 2:30, I woke up completely alert, calm, and aware to discover a burglar in our house! (True and long story!). I was able to confront the burglar and call 911 and everything totally awake and more calm than I would have been otherwise. (I was 39 weeks pregnant!).
I've done it before, but this time around I'm having a harder time getting into it. I'm not sure why! My advice is regardless of how you respond to each individual practice, just KEEP doing them, no matter what. Also, I wasn't sure about some of the language of it when I started, ie birthing time instead of labor, etc...But I decided to commit to it all the way and began using hypnobabies terms whenever I referred to birthing with anyone. That helped me to get into the hypnobabies mindset. And I had a lovely birth I believe - it's in our previous birth story thread on here somewhere if you care to take a look!I'm 27 weeks pregnant due 1/7/15. I have time to practice it, but I'm having such a hard time concentrating on it:/ I'm worried it won't work because I can't seem to get into the groove. Does anyone have any advice? I'm having a home birth if that matters.