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Anyone doing Hypnobirth? I bought the book and I'm thinking of taking a class. What do you think?<br><br>
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We are in the process of hiring someone to teach us since there are no classes in our area. Everything I've read and heard about it and my own gut instinct tell me that I NEED to learn this to help me through the birth. I've been getting panicky about it because unlike most birthing classes, you need lots of time to practice and listen to the CDs but luckily I finally found 2 people willing to do it.<br><br>
I don't have much info beyond that, any of you other mamas use hypnobirthing with previous kids?
 

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I took that class and read most of the book. Now, my DH isn't into practicing with me... so I am doing my own modified hypnobirthing. You really need to be open to the idea of going deep within and visualization.<br><br>
I can share with you a script that I wrote that I might record so I can listen to it and give to my doula. (my doula is a hypnobirthing instructor) Basically, it takes me on a walk through thr forrest with my DS. I walk up to a house, walk un the stairs, unlock the door, am greeting with guides, angels, loved ones. I look around the house, go to the "control room", bedroom, library, playroom. I leave DS nice and safe in the playroom with someone (whoever I see at the time)... I learn how to get really relaxed and comfy in the bed. etc etc etc etc..<br><br><br>
So basically if you can get in tune with yourself to visualize these thigns, then the idea is when you are in labor, you can "go" to these comfortable places and use the techniques in the book to relax deeply.<br><br>
I can write more later... gotta get lunch ready for DH and DS. DH took the day off today , so I could go to my MW appt.<br><br>
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I have Hypnobabies and love it. Used it with DD's birth, and while I didn't actually aquire anesthesia (I admittedly did not practice enough), wow the relaxation aspect was fantastic. I was able to work with my body instead of against it. Her birth was fast and beautiful.
 

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I am doing the Hypnobabies home study course. I am just getting into it this week. My daughter's birth was pretty fast (just over 5 hours) and pretty painful so I'm hoping this helps keep me peaceful. I'm having a homebirth and my 2 y/o daughter will probably be there so I'd like to keep it all calm for her sake as much as anything.
 

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Yes it's the calm aspect I'm looking for. Although I've done the natural birth, I did feel somewhat insane during the process. Don't get me wrong, it was the best birth I've ever had but my mind was missing for most of it LOL..
 

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I have used weight-loss hypnosis before, with success, so I was excited to hear about hypnobabies. I've been pretty good about listening to the scripts throughout the week (but not every day like i'm supposed to) and i think it will really help. At least keeping calm and relaxed for early labor. I'm<br>
not sure if the anesthesia part will work - I try to use it when i get a cramp or itch during practice and it doesn't quite do the trick!! But hey, here's hoping.<br>
I need to get DH on board so he can pick up some of the cues.<br><br>
I worry about falling asleep while i'm listening, but I wake up when a new one starts, so I'm hoping that means I am conscious of what's going on, and it's sinking in...
 

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i keep trying to get one used because i think it will be perfect for me.<br><br>
no one has offered up on the trading post though.<br><br>
i tried ebay but the point of buying it used is to save money so i refuse to pay almost full price.<br><br>
any suggestions on other places to purchase a used hypnobabies?
 

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i ended up buying if off ebay because i know I can probably sell it for the same amount on ebay when I'm done... and even if i can't, if it's going to keep me calm and relaxed during labor, it'll be worth it.<br>
it's also helping me just have a nice pregnancy... 30min here and there to completely relax. i'm too type A to do that without someone in my ear making me!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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i tried ebay but the point of buying it used is to save money so i refuse to pay almost full price.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I need to get DH on board so he can pick up some of the cues.</div>
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This is a problem here too. I just need to say, okay honey guess what we're doing tonight!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I worry about falling asleep while i'm listening, but I wake up when a new one starts, so I'm hoping that means I am conscious of what's going on, and it's sinking in...</div>
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From what I've read as long as you listen to it once or twice awake, so your conscious mind is aware of what is said, it is fine to sleep through it and your sub conscious mind will still get it all.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I got mine from Hyponobabies themselves! I called the number and asked what preowned sets they had. They had the newest ones for like $80 and then the next older version was $50, so I got that one! It comes with all the support since you buy it from them and the price was pretty much what you'd get anywhere else!
 

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Also, if anyone is interested, there is a hypnobabies yahoo group. You can join no matter what method of hypnosis you are doing. <a href="http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hypnobabies/" target="_blank">Here's</a> the link.
 

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We did Hypnobirthing with DS and it worked quite well. Like other posters, I didn't practice enough beforehand, but it helped that DH and my midwife could simply say, "focus" and I could get back into it. We're doing it again with this babe, so I guess I need to get the book and CD out again! (My midwife made cds of her reading some of the scripts that are in the book, so that really helps cause DH's schedule isn't so reliable for helping me).<br><br>
It was funny, I tried really hard to think of scenarios before the birth that I could focus on, but since it was pregnancy #1 for me, I just didn't know well enough what to expect. When it was time, though, my imagination did everything I needed it to and I didn't end up using any of the scripts - although they are still good practice.<br><br>
I'd recommend it to anyone, but it's hard to explain in a short, succinct way without sounding like a wacko, so I never knew what to say when people asked... Luckily people ask many fewer questions when you're in your second pregnancy. :) I would never go into birth unprepared, though.... I can't imagine how mentally difficult that must be.<br><br>
On the general subject of preparing for bith, I also just read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, which doesn't talk about hypnosis, but did give me a lot of good ideas for visualizations. In addition to Hypnobirthing, I totally recommend that book for anyone who hasn't read it before.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, if anyone is interested, there is a hypnobabies yahoo group. You can join no matter what method of hypnosis you are doing. <a href="http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hypnobabies/" target="_blank">Here's</a> the link.</div>
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I am a part of that yahoo group.. but lurk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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Will this stuff work with a c-section? Unless the placenta moves, that's what I'm looking at... I'm bummed, cuz I was really looking forward to having a water birth, and had heard wonderful things about hypnobirthing....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am a part of that yahoo group.. but lurk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> me too. I just joined this week.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Will this stuff work with a c-section? Unless the placenta moves, that's what I'm looking at... I'm bummed, cuz I was really looking forward to having a water birth, and had heard wonderful things about hypnobirthing....</div>
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I would certainly go for it! I think a C-section is just as nerve racking as a vaginal birth for sure! It would be really great for staying calm while on the table waiting for the baby and for getting the spinal and all that. I would certainly think you would be able to use the anastesia part of it for afterwards as well. I'd say go for it! (And I really hope your placenta moves so you can have the birth you really want!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx"><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 think I've finally secured someone to do private classes for me in our house! HORRRRAY, and one who is much less expensive than the first. The woman we chose is going to charge 1/3 the cost and teach us in our home. The best thing is, she's a doula! We haven't been sure if we were going to have a doula at our birth but this is a great way to meet one fairly intimately and decide after getting to know her well.<br><br>
One of the questions we asked at the onset was if she had seen any downfalls of the hypnobirthing process. She has yet to see one. She's been a doula for almost 5 years and decided to become one after watching her sister (who was a hypnobirther) give birth and said it was the most calm birth she's ever experienced.<br><br>
It seems to me like you have to take it very seriously and practice, practice, practice. But if you put the time and energy into it, it's unbelieveable. Although I can imagine this can be more difficult if you already have kids at home!<br><br>
For those of you doing the hypnobabies, what has your experience been so far? My midwives gave me a heads up that the program does not recommend any other birth education classes if you take it. Seems a bit strange to me since I'm the type who wants to be over informed about as much as I can, including my options.<br><br>
I just love the idea of using hypnobirthing and can't wait to get started! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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they do not recommend other methods of birth education because they don't want you to have mixed signals/messages about labor and pain and coping and whatnot. for instance most classes will talk about coping with pain and medication options and what not. the hypnobabies is a complete course that covers everything else another class would offer, like nutrition, excercise, ect. i am not very far into it and haven't used it before so i can't really speak much to it but that it how it is explained. they talk about having a bubble of peace and not letting other's negative birth stories and opinions in and not watching birth shows and things so that you aren't programing contradictory messages.<br><br>
it sounds wonderful to have private classes! is she trained to instruct or is she a doula trained in hypnobirthing and willing to share her knowledge? that could account for the price difference but if you are comfortable with that there isn't necessarily anything wrong with it. will you get CDs and books and things or just the time with her?<br><br>
and yes, it is more difficult with kids around! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm doing Bradley also.. the nutrition/pro-natural labor articles/prep stuff is kind of similar, so I don't feel like i'm undoing either one with the other. Plus, the hypnobabies stuff is solo stuff (if you don't have an instructor, just the CDs) and it's nice to go to a class once a week with other pregnant couples.<br><br>
I'm glad to hear I'm still getting something from it when I fall asleep!
 

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we took bradley with our first pregnancy and really liked it. i am doing hypnobabies this time to have a more peaceful and comfortable birth but we definately learned a lot and enjoyed the class. i don't think there is really anything too contradictory there either. mostly i would recommend avoiding the hospital classes. the class thing is a whole different experience so i totally get wanting that comradery, we are still friends with some couples from our class 2 years ago!
 

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Yes, avoid hospital classes!! We had just our tour yesterday (back-up to birth center.. covering all my bases) and it was scary... they pointed out where the cafeteria was, where the husbands can get the scrubs they'll need when you go in for your c-section, and the epidural cart.. yeh.. it was depressing. Hopefully it was just a bad tour guide on a bad day?!<br>
And it seemed like the women on the tour were only just now thinking about labor... like it was an afterthought.
 
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