Post # 1
Hi! I’m starting to research my birthing options and have become really intersted in hypnobirthing. I have a few questions for those that have done this.
- Do you think taking the class is necessary? Could reading the books, watching the DVDs be enough?
- Did you have a doula or midwife? Do you think you could be okay with just your DH/SO?
Anything else you would like to share about your experience would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
@NJmeetsBX: Gah! I had no idea you were pregnant! Congratualtions! I didn’t use hypnobirthing but I’ve heard it can be really great! I tried Bradley with my first (had a horrible hospital experience so it flew out the window pretty much upon arrival) and with my second I really just read all I could on the process & read alot of homebirth stories until I trusted my body. Regardless of method trusting your body is really important!!!
I had a midwife & she brought another midwife as an assistant… they both ended up taking role as my doula when I transferred from my homebirth to the hospital (not emergent). Without them I’m sure I would’ve ended up with another avoidable cesarean!
If you can get a doula I HIGHLY recommend it! doula over classes anyday!
Post # 4
I didn’t do this, but reading the description, it sounds like I got pretty much the same effect. I didn’t do any advance “training” for birth, I just went in trusting my body, confident that I could do it, and ready to just let nature take it’s course (with my midwife on guard in case nature tried anything funny).
Once labor got into full swing, I just went far, far away inside my head. It’s hard to describe. I vocalized through the contractions, which came very naturally, and was also not practiced. All that energy just had to go *somewhere.* In between contractions, I would go away again. People talking to me and needing responses would pull my consciousness to the forefront and make the pain much more acute. I just wanted them to go away and stop talking.
My labor went quickly and smoothly with me in this mindset, and the endorphins were running so high that I was grinning and blissing out between pushes at the end. Compared to other mothers I’ve discussed birthing with, it seems like my labor went especially well.
So – all that to say that if the Hypnobirthing class can help you achieve that mindset, I think it’s well worth it, but you may not need a class to get the same effect.
Post # 6
I’m doing Bradley classes but DH and I use a lot of Hypnobirthing scripts for our relaxation exercises. Our baby is due next weekend, but I feel super prepared and confident in my DH’s and my doula’s abilities. I am feeling more and more confident in my own abilities every day. I would definitely recommend a doula. If your DH isn’t a reader, I’d recommend the classes. If you think he can commit to reading, studying, and practicing the materials with you, go ahead and skip them. I can say our class is worth every penny because DH hates to read and learns better by actively participating. So it depends on your learning styles!
Post # 7
I’ve read the book and started practicing the breathing techniques, but there aren’t any classes in my area.
My midwife love hypnobirthing. She says the births are always much more relaxed and peaceful for everyone involved. She says lots of her clients just study from the book, but I imagine it would be even better with the classes.
Post # 8
- Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.
Ooo! Definitely sticking around in this thread. I’ve always been very interested in hypnobirthing, Lamaze, and things like that.
There’s a newer book called Calm Birth. Good reviews on Amazon, but, has anybody ever used it on the Bee?
Post # 9
I tried it – read a lot of books and attended a class and such, had a midwife who was totally supportive…but unfortunately once my active labor started, like past the 3cm point, my contractions were just too strong, hard, and close together to keep going with it. It didn’t matter what technique I tried or how my midwife/nurse/DH talked me through it (or if they stayed quiet, usually that was what I preferred but it didn’t help), the pain just gripped my body to the point where I couldn’t process anything else no matter how hard I tried to mentally go to a different place, breathe better, etc.
Not trying to be negative, just saying that I would encourage everyone to have a plan b or at least be aware in the back of your mind that it may not work out the way you’ce planned – I basically had my mind set on a natural birth and just trusting my body to get me there…and when my baby’s heart rate started rapidly dropping and I had to have a c-section, I was completely emotionally unprepared for it and had a total meltdown- not a great experience. I was over it basically the second I saw my baby boy, but just a caution to others!
Post # 10
@Wonderstruck: Thanks for sharing. I am not opposed to meds but I’m investigating other ways to deal with the pain to take the meds (if necessary) as late as possible.