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Is there a big difference in taking the hypnobirth home study as opposed to taking actual courses with actual instructors?<br><br>
My biggest concern in the price, but if they are pretty comparable, results-wise, than I'd rather not shell out the extra $$$ especially b/c the m/w care is all outta pocket.
 

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I took the Hypnobirthing live course. I'm assuming the home - study is the book and tape? While I was able to feel relaxed and benefit from the hypnosis during class, Hypnobirthing does not provide adequate techniques for the mom to take home and practice imo. The class did show me that hypnosis was a valid option during birthing but, after finishing class and being completely dissatisfied, I ordered the Hypnobabies home-study course. I had wonderful success with it.<br><br>
I'm not a fan of Hbirthing at all so I hesitate to recommend either of it's options. The class would be the best option but the techniques won't be there regardless. There are other threads on the board by moms who had the same experience as I did.<br><br>
There are threads about Hypnobabies if you want more info - probably about Hypnobirthing, too. Search this forum. Also, you can click my username and find posts I've made about Hypnobabies. I'm a big fan of HBabies as you will see - it's a little embarrassing BUT it was the greatest birth experience ever and I'm anxious to recommend a good thing<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I took the Hypnobirthing live course. I'm assuming the home - study is the book and tape? While I was able to feel relaxed and benefit from the hypnosis during class, Hypnobirthing does not provide adequate techniques for the mom to take home and practice imo. The class did show me that hypnosis was a valid option during birthing but, after finishing class and being completely dissatisfied, I ordered the Hypnobabies home-study course. I had wonderful success with it.<br><br>
I'm not a fan of Hbirthing at all so I hesitate to recommend either of it's options. The class would be the best option but the techniques won't be there regardless. There are other threads on the board by moms who had the same experience as I did.<br><br>
There are threads about Hypnobabies if you want more info - probably about Hypnobirthing, too. Search this forum. Also, you can click my username and find posts I've made about Hypnobabies. I'm a big fan of HBabies as you will see - it's a little embarrassing BUT it was the greatest birth experience ever and I'm anxious to recommend a good thing<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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Can you elaborate btwn the two...hbirthing vs hbabies? I am in the process of possibly joining a hbirthing class but don't want to waste my time whith something that isn't going to teach me to relax as that was my biggest failure during my first labor.
 

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I did the hypnobabies home course.. and thought it was wonderful! If it wasn't for my really long labor, I think it would have worked amazingly for me.. in fact, it really helped me labor at home for about 6 days before my water finally broke.. I love it and will practice it again with this pregnancy! <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 used Hypnobirthing - took a class. I think I may have just had a marvelous teacher. If you go the hypnobirthing route - try to find a teacher with a background in hypnosis rather than a healthcare practitioner who just got certified in hypnobirthing. I think that may have made the difference. We were given scripts to practice with every day - which we did. So we did a great deal of “homework”. I felt calm and ready for labor. It worked beautifully for me. I got to the hospital at 9cm, thinking I was maybe around 4cm. With each contraction I got more relaxed, although I felt very connected and present in the room. The light tough massage that hypnobirthing suggest worked like a charm for me. The whole experience was fantastic – I can’t wait to do it again somedayJ<br><br>
I hear good things about the home study hypnobabies course too, but I cannot comment on it personally. .
 

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i'm so jealous right now! <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 read the HBirthing book and called and talked to several HBirthing teachers in my area. The topics they covered in the class were identical to the book. Either way you get the practice CD.<br><br>
Like some of the PP, I find it lacking too and am looking into to the Hbabies home study course.
 

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I don't really think my dissatisfaction with HBirthing was b/c of my instructor. She had a background in hypnosis and, in class, hypnosis was very successful for me. However, the exercises in the book, cd, and scripts from class were no different than what I learned in acting class (I have a MFA in Acting so I spent alot of time in school learning to relax, lol). I know they can work for some people but they weren't enough for me. I wanted a technique that I could do own my own.<br><br>
It's been awhile since I did the home-study course so if anyone has more recent experience please correct my errors. Here's my .02. #1 It is a more complete CBC - pregnancy, nutrition, medical interventions, etc. (think Bradley Method here. The founder was previously a Bradley teacher so she included LOTS of good info to make informed choices and be educated). #2 It addresses our attitude towards pregnancy/birth - has cds to help release fears - awesome!, affirmation cd to keep you calm and confident during pregnancy(cheesey but effective - I loved it). Very encouraging. #3 I could practice my hypnosis w/cds by myself i.e. didn't have to rely on dh to carve time out of his schedule to assist me although a partner's role during birth is certainly part of the program #4 Birthing affirmations cd (some don't use it - I listened to it from beginning till pushing) which encourage me to relax, stay loose, let my body work, etc. - so effective imo #5 After all these great things, the major thing you get is a couple of different self - hypnosis techniques. The "finger-tap" technique - you practice doing a finger tap and then going into hypnosis (it's on a cd). Loved, loved this. There is also another technique where you learn to focus "anesthesia" traveling to parts of your body where it is needed. I wasn't too hot at that one<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
All in all, I just didn't feel the techniques were there in HBirthing. When I expressed my concern, I got the same response as alot of other students have - Just trust that it's there, Keep practicing, It'll happen. But what they were saying is just read your scripts. That's not a technique imo. I went into the class knowing how to do that from univeristy. I can download that from the net.<br><br>
HTH<br>
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