So I dug my Hypnobabies stuff out from my last birth. This is what I found: 6 CDs, 5th Edition Home Study Manual, and a quick reference/birth partners guide. The Hypnobabies web site's pictures of the home materials look a little different then mine probably because they are a newer edition. Veteran Hypnobabies mommas does it sound like I found everything or do I need to keep searching for something else?
That sounds like everything I had in my set!
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That sounds right for the home study. If you're not sure, you can call Hypnobabies and ask them. I think there's probably a page in the workbook that lists the materials (there's one in the live class materials, anyway).
The Lamaze taught at the time of my son's birth (1971) was ABSOLUTELY USELESS. I hope things have improved tremendously since then! Could have been the teacher... I'd certainly do a search for an inexpensive doula. There are books, I understand, that help the father with his role in the birth, if that is the way Chris learns and understands. Perhaps the ladies here have suggestions for that?
I think Zoe might need some preparation for the birth. Not just the medical, but Mommy appearing to be in distress, or being vocal, over a long period of time etc. DD's stepson had seen some films made for children that the midwife shared with him. Sarahsunshine had some kids (stepson and friend) at her son's birth. Each reacted differently. While her stepson was more into wandering about between video games and the birth scene, the friend was mesmerized, silent and observant every moment. They were about 9 or 10 at the time. Sarahsunshine was pretty much oblivious to their being there.
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Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
Kristen, a huge part of the reason we are doing Hypnobirthing is because teaching the father how to be a good birth partner is a major focus of the program, and our friends who recommended it found it to be absolutely gold in terms of making the male partner feel like an informed, helpful, active participant. My DH is feeling SO MUCH MORE CONFIDENT after starting this program (we're now down to our last class left to go, and then just keep practicing on our own until the birth) and his confidence is making ME feel more confident about relying on him as my birth partner on the big day.
I don't know if Hypnobabies has the same element or not. There is a lot of info out there on the differences. I know one major difference is that Hypnobirthing is only offered as a class + materials, while Hypnobabies is available as homestudy only. Personally, having the class to really reinforce what I am learning from a trained professional and ask questions and interact with other couples using this method is a major help to me; I'm not entirely sure I'd be getting quite as much out of homestudy alone. Of course, if there aren't classes offered near you, then the homestudy is a wonderful option to have.
The other difference I have noticed is that Hypnobabies has MORE scripts and tools, whle Hypnobirthing has fewer but you're supposed to just get really, really in depth with them. I think that both methods have their pros and cons, but one is better for certain types and the other for others--only you know which style might work better for you. Personally, I'm in the minority here on this board with the Hypnobirthing (vs. babies) but I am absolutely LOVING it.
And if you want to be inspired as to what these methods can do, look up some videos on YouTube. There are a ton. This is my favorite, personally: http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?ne...%3DrSsaJ0Zno9s
(I posted it on this board a couple of weeks ago)
ETA: I think gardenbug's advice about prep for Z is great too. If you do decide to do a Hypnobirthing class, your instructor might have some good recommendations for resources about that. Mine has been extremely helpful with that kind of extracurricular support.
http://www.birthnaturally.org/hypnobirthing.htm (it's from Laura/Winky_the_HouseElf's website)
A lot has changed in childbirth education since the 70s and 80s. I think the creation of some excellent self-hypnosis programs is one very positive development in the field. I used Hypnobabies for my birth just over a week ago. It was extremely effective for me.
I took HypnoBirthing (Mongan) in 2002 and taught it from 2004 - 2006. With my second and third babies I also used Hypnobabies supplemental hypnosis recordings (which included recordings of the Glove Relaxation and other techniques taught in HypnoBirthing that don't have a script to practice with at home). I used Hypnobabies with my fourth and fifth babies and have taught it since 2006. Brittany already linked to my comparison. There are quite a few significant differences, which is why I ultimately switched programs.
As was mentioned, HypnoBirthing is only taught through a live class. Hypnobabies has a live class version and a home study version. The Hypnobabies live class involves the birth partner quite a bit. Kerry taught the Bradley Method (aka "Husband-Coached Childbirth), so she incorporated a lot of ways for birth partners to be very involved with the whole process--if they are willing and able. Hypnobabies can also be used by a solo mom or with another support person (doula, mom, sister, friend, etc.).
One of the assignments for the birth partner each week in the Hypnobabies live class is to do three hypnosis sessions with the hypno-mom. How it works in Hypnobabies is that the instructor reads a script at the end of each class that introduces a new technique for entering or deepening hypnosis and anesthesia. The birth partner then reinforces this new technique by reading his version of the script to the hypno-mom during their three practice sessions before the next Hypnobabies class. Moms who don't have a partner available for these script sessions can get the recordings. Another nice thing with Hypnobabies is that the birth partner gets his/her own hypnosis CD so that they have a hypnosis tool to be calm and confident. Birth partners also have a guide to consult during labor so that they don't feel lost on how to help.
I really like the structure of Hypnobabies because I feel it gives a solid foundation to moms of how to really do hypnosis themselves (with or without a partner). I also love the multiple tools available to Hypnobabies moms (hypnosis tools and just great childbirth education). I know I appreciated having multiple options throughout my pregnancies and births. I have several doctors and midwives in the area who refer their patients to my Hypnobabies classes because they love Hypnobabies births, too.