Post # 1
Calling all Bradley and Hypnobabies mamas.
I started looking into birthing classes already and stumbled upon two different courses: The Bradley method and Hypnobabies. Both have excelent reviews online and I can’t seem to make up my mind. I contacted my doula and she said she used the Bradley classes and some visualizations throughout her birth with her youngest. She also suggested I look into each course and ask around for opinions.
From what I understand one method teaches moms how to cope with pain and the other teaches you that there’s no pain but it’s all just pressure.
I was wondering about everyone’s experience with the two and if there is much of a difference. Anything to help with my decision would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m in the infamous other catagory. I didn’t use any specific method and had no classes, but from what I’ve read I sort of stumbled upon the Bradley method.
In reality though, early on in my pregnancy I just decided that birth wasn’t such a terrible thing and embraced the experience. I read a lot of positive birth stories and tips on coping with natural birth. I only slightly researched any interventions in birth.
It must have helped or I was very lucky because my labour and birth were very easy and nowhere near “the worst pain you’ll ever feel”, like my mum told me.
ETA: From what I’ve read about hypnobabies, I don’t think it would suit my personality. I also saw a hypnobirth video and although it looked like it worked for the woman in the video I just can’t see myself doing all that visualizing and meditating. It’s just not me.
Post # 4
@MrsSnarlz: I didn’t take a class but read the hypnobabies book before my first child who is now 8 years old. I was able to go unmediated. Short story is I found my focus and stayed quiet and still. Everyone else had to be silent also or I would lose focus. I changed position during transition but remained silent.
The twins came so fast (under 30 minutes at the hospital for Baby A) that just regular pain strategies worked fine. For me, don’t tense up, keep breathing normally.
Post # 5
@angela85: I agree. A huge part of natural birth is not thinking of the pain or being scared but thinking of it as a natural experience that women have gone through for years. I’ve banned the words contraction and pain from the labor room!
We are going with the Bradley method, husband coached birth, versus Hypno. My husband is definitely more hands on and can help me to relax and get to the state of mind where the contractions will be there but they will just be there while I ride through them. Bradley is more affordable as well. Hypno is quite pricey and from what friends told me once labor started they had a hard time focusing and really who wants to be putting on cds while in labor?
Read all of the books by Ina May Gaskin. If DH would let me I would be in Tennessee giving birth on the Farm with her as my midwife! GL!
Post # 6
@baletrina: I second reading Ina May Gaskin’s books. I read Guide to childbirth and it really helped ease my mind about the whole thing.
Post # 7
We’re using Bradley Method and I love love love love it. They doesn’t only cover natural birthing techniques and forms of pain management, but also went deeply into the different stages of labor as well as diet, breastfeeding, and a coaches role in your bith (whether it be a husband or SO, or your mother or even a doula). Ours are 2 hour classes. We got Sunday from 2-4 for 12 weeks. We have two more classes unless babe comes before that. Our last class is 4 days before our due date!
Post # 8
Thank you for all the wonderful answers!
@angela85: That’s one of the things that pulls me away from Hypnobabies, that when the time comes I won’t be able to focus and visualize anything lol
@Spottts: I love that you were able to have the twins using this method. Thanks for sharing good pointers.
@baletrina: True about the CDs, I’ll be more worried about grasping what’s going on. I like the idea of banning those two words! I have Ina May Gaskin’s books courtesy of my doula. Definitely on my reading list. DH is opposed to me having our first at home… otherwise, I’d be all over it!
@nicannette: Second person to tell me the exact same thing about Bradley Method. Everyone I know, who went through the classes, absolutely loved all they learn and were able to apply, plus the hands on support team.
Post # 9
Hey there! I just thought I’d offer my two-cents on here. I have had two babies using the Hypnobabies Home study program. I had such incredible, comfortable experiences with both my babies’ births I decided to become an instructor because the Hypnobabies program is amazing. First off, Kerry Tuschoff the founder of Hypnobabies was actually a Bradley instructor for 10 years. She started her own program after her experience there, and after a couple years as a HypnoBirthing instructor (Hypnobabies and HypnoBirthing are quite different programs) she decided to start her own program because the other methods weren’t helping her mamas enough. When I was researching programs when I was first pregnant, I was leaning toward Bradley because I thought my husband wouldn’t be very involved with a hypnosis for childbirth program. The truth is, you can have your husband or partner be as involved in the process as you like. With Hypnobabies you actually practice scripts together so that you are able to experience deeper hypnosis and hypno-anesthesia when he gives you special cue words while placing his hand on your shoulder or forehead. It is wonderful. The classes are also very reasonably priced. The Home study kits are about $150 last time I checked, and the live classes are up to $400 depending on the area where you live. The classes are 6 weeks long – 3 hours per class each week. Hypnobabies isnot a listen-only program. It is a COMPLETE childbirth education course, with exercise and nutrition recommendations,
Post # 10
Birth choices, newborn care, postpartum care, and so much more. The program is so well done, it encapsulates the best of Bradley, but brings it to a whole new level that actually helps you feel comfortable and enjoy the experience – not just cope. Good luck deciding and wonderful wishes for a beautiful birth. Just the first of many many decisions to make as a mama! 🙂
Post # 11
I took the Bradley classes and I would highly recommend them! Make sure your DH is on board because they are mostly centered around him. The Bradley Method is focused on “Husband Coached Childbirth”. My husband enjoyed the classes but at the end of the class, we decided to hire a Doula because husband didn’t think he could handle the pressure given from the hospital/doctors. Are you planning on birthing at a hospital or a birthing center or at home? It’s great that you already have a doula! The battle is half over!
I was able to have a natural childbirth in a hospital and thank GOD for my doula. Husband would not have been able to comfort me like she did.
Post # 12
I’ve done all natural childbirth twice, first time with Bradley and second time with Hypnobabies. I will say, Bradley got me more prepared physically…I was kegeling and squatting, and generally staying in good shape from a pelvic perspective. But as far as labor itself…I would definitely say Hypnobabies. I was very careful to do everything our Bradley instructor taught us, practice everything, etc. I found the pain of labor to incredibly terrifying and unbearable. I made it through but knew I had to find a different option.
A woman I know whose kids are MY age happened to be telling me about her childrens births and said, “Yes, I did self-hypnosis with all three of them and it was lovely…such a great experience.” I was really surprised because she is the wife of a physician and very practical, down to earth sort of woman. So I started looking into it and chose Hypnobabies as it was based on Bradley (which we’d already done).
I found that the big difference between Bradley and Hypnobabies was that Bradley told me TO relax and Hypnobabies taught me HOW to relax. The difference was truly unbelievable. I won’t say that my second birthing time was “lovely” but it was an amazing experience. I wasn’t so blown away by the pain that I couldn’t enjoy the process. I spent time with my son and husband, decorated a birthday cake, etc during early labor between contractions and for each contraction would completely relax…and not feel the contraction! The whole way through the hardest thing for me to believe was that it was time to do the next step. Time to push? Really? It was incredibly intense and I worked very hard physically, but I would not hesitate to recommend Hypnobabies over Bradley having done both of them.
Feel free to PM me if you want more info. I’m not a birth instructor or anything trying to sell it. 🙂 I am just always eager to tell people how much I loved my Hypnobabies experience because I want all women to have the opportunity to have as good an experience as I did.
Post # 13
@hypnomama: Thank you for all the information. I’m still thinking of at least buying the hypnobabies self-study guides. The classes here are about $380 and the gals that teach it are just amazing.
@kelly105: Thanks. DH thinks we should go with Bradley because he would be involved. We’re going with the hospital I work at but I am seeing the Midwives instead of the OBs. My doula has been a close friend for years and I know I’ll be relying on her a lot!
@knittyrobin06292002: Excellent advice considering you did both methods as well. Did you tkae the Hypnobabies class or did you do the self-study guide? The one aspect I liked about Hypnobabies was the fact that they showed you how to relax with visualizations and different things. Will PM you!
Post # 14
I didn’t use any “method” for my natural (unmedicated) birth. Moreso I read lots of successfully natural (unmedicated vaginal) births, I learned all I could about the natural process, & learned to trust. my. body.
That was enough for me to accept labor & have a successful natural birth.
Post # 15
I should add in that in my case, my husband was crucial to my hypnobabies success. He also liked it a lot better because hypnobabies gave him more instructions for exactly how to be helpful. And he really was much more helpful…not because he learned from our first labor together but because he had a better understanding of what to do. We printed out the cues that I found most helpful and pertinent to me onto index cards and he could shuffle through the deck for what to say. If I didn’t like what he was doing or saying, he’d learned how to understand my attempts to communicate while in labor-land. Our instructor was also available by phone and text throughout labor when we had any questions, which was great too.
We are not good about following through on assignments so we felt the in-person class was crucial. I think there’s also a greater focus on the dad in the classes than in the home study course. You might look at used materials from in-person classes to get more daddy-oriented materials.
I think in general, any education is better than none. There are some people who do great without any…my mom was one…I remember her telling me, “When I had to put down my book, I knew it was time to push.” So my own struggles really surprised me. But I guess you never know what kind of labor your are going to have.
I got your PM as well and will reply
Whatever you choose, remember that a successful birth is one with a mommy and baby at the end of it. You will be holding the most precious creature in your arms regardless of how s/he got there and you will have a lifetime together…labor is only hours. So make your decision and then start figuring out parenting. I promise your kids will come up with way more complicated problems than labor. 🙂 I’m the oldest of seven kids and I’m still regularly surprised at what mine do. My hubby and I are now reading books like Raising Your Spirited Child and Unconditional Parenting rather than Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. 🙂
Post # 16
Also, I had my first at the hospital where I worked too. Make sure to have someone protect you from constant visitors. Even a sign on the door didn’t keep out my co-workers who seemed to feel it only applied to people outside the hospital.