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Have you used hypnobabies? What about Hypnobirth? I found a hypnobabies website where I can buy the book and everything to read at home, and it was over a hundred dollars. I just want to hear what you ladies have to say about it before I hand over the money. And also, could I buy this anywhere else, cheaper? All comments about your experiences are welcome!!
 

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I got the course online from the Hypnobabies site. The course is technically prohibited from being resold, so you probably won't find it cheaper anywhere (ie ebay). I've only "tasted" it-- listened to the affirmations a few times, read the entire intro and first class section of the binder, and did the two scripts from the first class, as well as the binder's "bubble of peace" script with my DH. This was all just to see what it was all about and orient myself (b/c you're supposed to eliminate negative messages/visuals about birth from your life, or use your bubble to block them) and I was about to tell everyone I'm pregnant, and I knew I'd be faced with some lame birth stories (at least there's one hippie mama at my work but even she seems more trendy-hippie than truly-- kinda pushy!) Anyway, I decided to hold off doing the course daily until I'm done with my NaNo novel (Nov 30th!) b/c it's still so early. BUT I can say that I've found it all very good and I'm looking forward to it. It came VERY quickly once I ordered, too.<br><br>
There have been a few posts here and I don't think anyone replied who had actually used it-- just seems to be getting around. My cousin did it for her two births and she was SO calm when she went to the hospital they didn't believe she was in labor-- and she typically has a low pain tolerance.
 

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I'm going to do the hypnobabies home study course, and I bought the course from their website. I think it's a pretty good deal $ wise, if you compare it to doing a hypnobirthing class (which is upwards of $500). There was a thread on here a month or so ago on it, and there were many rave reviews of the hypnobabies course.... I'll let you know how I like it towards the end of Feb or beginning of March <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Both my children are Hypnobabies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Were my births completely pain-free? No. But, I was well prepared for birth both times and I would describe them more as intense (in a kick-butt workout kind of way) than as painful. My DD's birth story is linked in my sig, if you are interested. I liked Hypnobabies well enough to use it a second time. I used the home study course.
 

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Thanks for the BTDT perspective! Awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm kind of biased now that I'm a teacher of Hypnobabies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> but I liked it so much that chose to teach it. It's definitely worth the $ for the homestudy. Usually if you take an actual class it can range anywhere from probably $225 up to $350 but never more than $350 (unless that instructor has approval or she's doing doula services as well).<br><br>
I definitely wouldn't buy it off of Ebay. There have been problems in the past of people selling incomplete work sets and that's a big problem. Every piece of the course is important and I'd hate to think that you were getting jipped.<br><br>
Occasionally there may be someone who ordered the course and then didn't use it for one reason or another (one girl I spoke with, her baby came quite prematurely before she even started the course) who then resell it to the Hypnobabies network. You can ask for one of those packages and if there are any available then you would get a discount.<br><br>
I *love* Hypnobabies and I used it with my 2nd as opposed to another method of hypnosis for my first child. I love all of the childbirth information that there is in the class (consumer issues...ie how to avoid unnecessary interventions, nutrition-which is so very important in preventing prob.s, specific info re: labor/birthing time and alternate positions for laboring and birthing, baby positioning....and I could go on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br><br>
My 2nd birth was *awesome*! I walked into the hospital at 8.5 cms, 100% effaced and starting into transition and they wanted to triage me believing that I wasn't in labor. I had my baby less than 2 hours later. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I felt totally in control the whole time, even in transition. Although mine was not 100% pain-free, I would say it was 95% pain-free like the other poster the more important thing to me was feeling like I could do it where unlike my first birth I kept doubting myself the whole time and felt overwhelmed once I hit transition until he actually came out. With my 2nd, 5 min.s literally after I had him I said, "Wow, if having babies were always this easy I could have 12!"<br>
My recovery was so fast too.<br><br>
I would see if there are any instructors in your area b/c I think it's a lot nicer to actually take a class. Some are willing to do a sliding scale or a payment plan, as I am with certain students.
 

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DS born using Hypnobirthing (mongan version) and this time around I'm using a Hypnobabies supplementary CD set (meant to complement Hypnobirthing moms, not the fully home study) as a refresher.<br><br>
Hypnobirthing worked great for DS. I really enjoyed the class. I'm sure a home study would have worked well but I did really like my instructor. She also made us a supplementary CD on her own of her reading other scripts, so we got more variety than most people get w/ Hypnobirthing (which only comes w/ 2 CD tracks...so some people don't like the lack of variety).<br><br>
Hypnobabies is working well as a supplement to Hypnobirthing...again, more variety since I have a lot of different CDS.<br><br>
My birth with DS was probably about 90% painless to mild cramping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> 6 hours start to finish, and 20 mins of pushing. It was incredible. Even when things were **intense**, I think I felt pretty in control. I remember being 9cm, very hot, so they gave me a latex glove filled w/ ice. I plopped it on my head, not realizing how funny it looked until the midwife and doula commented. We have pics of me laughing like that (with ice on my head) at 9cm, so even at its most intense, I was doing okay, kwim?<br><br>
I would not recommend the Mongan version of Hypnobirthing unless you take the actual class. I've seen it sold on the trading post, ebay, etc. but IMO the book is not great as a stand alone resource, and it isn't set up to be self-taught IMO. If you go with Hypnobirthing, do the whole class. Hypnobabies is better suited for a home study.<br><br>
Practice, practice, practice.
 

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Do you think it's possible to start practicing TOO early? Like, I might want to do it a bit this month if I have time, but certainly in December... I'll be at 20 weeks when Dec starts. But I feel like the more practice, the better, right? I'm just more in the "building a baby" phase than really coming up on birthing, lol. But it makes me feel so good about being pregnant and birthing and empowered... ahhhh.
 

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I just bought the Hypnobirth book (Mongon Method)...I am curious if anyone has had a book-only (opposed to a course) birth and how it was...
 

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Definitely go ahead and start practicing! The key to success is how much you practice. I did not practice enough with my first but with my 2nd I practiced like crazy and I used a diff. hypnosis CD which I think brought me into a deeper state of hypnosis. So go right ahead and get going.
 

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I don't think it's too early, but I think you have to be ready to keep up with practicing if you finish early... at least from all I've heard the key is practice, practice, practice!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I personally have spent some extra time on some of the CDs that I didn't feel I was "getting" as easily as others so I haven't been going on a strictly week by week kind of schedule, but I'll still be done in plenty of time. I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (Assuming baby doesn't come way before I expect her to!)<br><br>
I spoke with an instructor the other day who, in passing, mentioned something about discount packages available for low income mamas. I am not sure how it works, but it might be worth writing to Kerry (the founder) if you are in that group. I believe it is worth every penny of the $135, especially given that most birth classes are more than twice as much! But if financial hardship is a reality, it can't hurt to discuss it with them. Thus far from my contact with everyone Hypnobabies, they really care about mamas and want to do what they can to ensure the best births for everyone.<br><br>
I *love* the positive attitude about birth, which to me feels much more empowering than other approaches which focus on negatives. I love the affirmations. I love that they make me feel so good about my body, my strength, and my ability to birth my baby. Love it!!!!<br><br>
And... It... is... SOOOOOOOOO... relaxing!!!!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Enjoy!
 
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