Hypnobirthing/babies CDs

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Hypnobirthing/babies CDs

How many of you have used/are using the hypnobirthing CDs? I bought just the book (The Mongan Method) and I'm about 1/3 of the way through it. I like the approach. I'm just wondering if the CDs are worth purchasing or if they're just a gimmick. I was just looking on Amazon and came across a 3 CD set but I'm not sure it's what I'm looking for. It seems to be mostly affirmations and I'd like to concentrate on honing my relaxation skills. Are there CDs that lead you through visualization scripts? Would I be better off reading the scripts to get a sense for them and then employing them on my own with just some soft music playing?

On a similar note, what makes for good birthing music? I'm a bit of a metal head so my music collection is devoid of most things soothing ;). Should I go out and buy some "new agey" CDs? Is instrumental music more appropriate than vocal tracks? Any recommendations?

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I did the Hypnobabies homestudy course for my son's birth. It comes with a workbook, a birth partner's guide and 6 CDs, each with two 30+ minute tracks. It is the most complete homestudy course for childbirth hypnosis available. Hypnobabies focuses a lot on relaxation (1 CD id affirmations, the rest are hypnosis sessions). It teaches instant relaxation cues that worked really well for me--my brain and body knew the cues and relaxed automatically. I'm actually hoping to become a Hypnobabies instructor.

There is a Hypnobabies instructor in Tuscon if you'd be interested in taking a live class, which has benefits. Go to http://hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=3810#Arizona and scrool down to the second entry for Arizon

I read the Mongan book during my first pregnancy and the copy I bought came with a CD, which I listened to a few times before and once during labor. I found it was not enough to really benefit me for that birth (ended up getting an epidural--long story) and I felt much more prepared after studying the Hypnobabies course. I felt like it taught me how to use hypnosis and it was simple, straightforward, and really relaxing.

HTH!

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I am doing Hypnobabies as well. I have slept SO MUCH BETTER this pregnancy, and that alone is worth the money that I spent on the program. I highly recommend it. I can't imagine that it won't have a positive affect on my labor and birthing. Just read some of the hypno-mom's stories, or google hypnobabies birth videos and that was enough evidence for me Biggrin

As for music, I've got a wide variety on my i-pod. I have some relaxing type stuff, and some pretty upbeat hip-hop music. I found last time that it just depended on how I was feeling as to what I listened to. To me, labor is a lot like a hard workout, or running a long distance. When I workout or do a long run I need motivating music that gets me pumped up, so that's what I have on hand during labor too for the most part. But there are those times when you just want to rest and relax and forget the world, so I have some of that too. I say go with whatever you like to listen to. If "new age" annoys the crap out of you now, chances are you won't want it in labor either lol. I would have a good mix of whatever music makes you feel the best Smile

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I'm the hypnobabies home study course as well. I love the CD's and how they walk you through the relaxation/hypnosis process. At 1st I was always falling asleep through them but now I've found ways to listen fully awake and aware and then go back and listen while totally let go. I've been able to use some of the relaxtion suggestions already during times when I am having bad cramps, BH, on any really uncomfortable times. So I can see how using this program will be great during my birthing time. I looked at the hypnobirthing website and the stuff they offered. The reason I didn't choose them was that there was no class/instructors close to me and it didn't seem to have as much home study things that went with it.

Music is totally up to what you feel relaxed with. Like Ariel said if its stuff you don't normally like anyway you won't want to listen to it during birth either.

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Now that you have had a few Hypnobabies response I'll respond to your hypnobirthing area. They are very similar but at the same time very different methods. Mainly Hypnobabies takes the Hypnosis part a lot further than hypnobirthing.

I used Hypnobirthing with my last birth and ended up getting gentle surge and the rainbow relaxation cd. I never used them through the birth but I am now kicking myself for not using them. They worked so well at relaxing me. Especially the gentle surge which makes you visualize being in and around water and the gentle flow of water and the rainbow relaxation cd teaches you to pick a color to help you relax and I used that through my whole birth and I do believe it helped a ton. As far as music wise. Never used. If I would have I think I would have gone with soothing instrumental stuff, no vocals. I found talking to be slightly distracting while I was in a contraction and through transition. Using Hypnobirthing had me so relaxed that they easily got a heplock in me while I was in transition, the nurse told my DH that I couldn't have been more relaxed than I was and I know that was thanks to my hypnobirthing practicing.

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Thanks for all the replies, ladies!

I've looked into instructor-lead Hypnobabies classes. While the price isn't necessarily prohibitive, I'm having a hard time swallowing having to pay that much for something I might be able to learn on my own. DH is having an even harder time swallowing it! Maybe it's my FTM naivete, maybe it's my slightly overblown sense of self-confidence. But I've found that I haven't required any convincing that birth is something my body just inherently knows how to do and that it doesn't necessarily have to be painful. I'm most in need of some relaxation techniques to help me in the event I risk out of my birth center. Late (and I mean LATE) babies run in my family. I'd like to be able to slip off into a pleasant space somewhere in the depths of my brain so I can escape the docs nagging me for an induction. Sort of like --- "La la la, I can't hear you from all the way over hear in this beautiful meadow." Wink

Maybe I'll put the home study course on my registry and poke around on Craigslist for used copies.

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I would definitely suggest some sort of childbirth education even though you feel very confident. I also took Bradley Childbirth classes and gained more than I could ever have imagined... and I was a BTDT mom. I had a very similar approach to my pregnancy and birthing of DD. I thought to myself, "Women do this every day... I GOT this! No worries." And while confidence is a wonderful thing, and very pertinent to labor and birth, sometimes you need something more to carry you through. For me, when things began to deviate from the "norm" with DD, I was out of my element. I didn't know what to expect, what my options were, or how to wrap my mind around everything. I sincerely hope that you never have that experience, and I think it is great that you are already preparing for what may happen if you are risked out. I never prepared for anything other than the norm, and that's where I wish I could go back and take Bradley or Hypnobabies with my first birth. I don't know if the circumstances leading to my c/s could have been any different, but if I had one of those childbirth prep courses under my belt, I'm sure I would have felt more at peace with everything.

Not meaning to scare you or anything like that, but think hard before deciding against it only b/c of the cost. It has been a wonderful experience for me, and I can even see the techniques carry over into my everyday parenting and responses to stressors. GL with your decision Biggrin

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Thanks for the advice Ariel. We're signed up for a 5 week child birth education series at my birth center and they do cover some relaxation techniques in addition to other topics. I also plan to tour the hospital I'd be transferred to should it come down to that. I'll be terribly disappointed but I should be mentally prepared for it should it have to happen. I've heard it's a beautiful facility so that helps a little. I wish my insurance would cover additional classes! You'd think that they'd want to as it helps you avoid costly interventions. Just avoiding an epidural alone makes up for the cost of one class many times over. Has anyone every managed to get their insurance to cover classes offered outside a birthing center or hospital?

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yes, the live classes are more expensive...the advantages are that they involve the birth partner a lot more, and they provide social support from other expecting couples using the same method and more support from a trained instructor.

I had a similar attitude of over-confidence and not wanting to spend a lot of money to prepare for birth in my first pregnancy. I was different from you, though, because I was not planning a birth center birth, and I didn't become convinced that natural birth was something I could do until my third trimester. Possibly, if I had had a straightforward birth, I could have done it naturally, but I was not prepared enough for the birth that I did get (pitocin induction for PROM after being up all night with pre-labor contractions).

You may find this blog post I wrote about my experiences with childbirth hypnosis helpful: http://birthunplugged.blogspot.com/2010/05/understanding-painless-childbirth.html

If you want a "do-it-yourself" childbirth preparation program that is inexpensive, one book you might consider is Better Birth: The Ultimate Guide to Childbirth from Homebirths to Hospitals by Denise Spatafora (http://www.bornclear.com). It advocates a "toolbox" approach. It does not really include hypnosis, but it has some relaxation and visualization exercises. I found I didn't really have the motivation to design my own routine for preparation and do it regularly--I found poping in a Hypnobabies CD much easier to actually do, but if you are motiviated to do it yourself, this book is great.

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Erin, it also just occurred to me that you can download individual hypnobabies scripts or get individual cds by ordering online. You could always get one and see if it seems like something that would be a good fit. There are ones like Peaceful Sleep Now for Expectant Mothers, etc.

There are even a couple of free MP3 downloads you could test. Look here, in the second column: http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=4058

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"krazykat" wrote:

Erin, it also just occurred to me that you can download individual hypnobabies scripts or get individual cds by ordering online. You could always get one and see if it seems like something that would be a good fit. There are ones like Peaceful Sleep Now for Expectant Mothers, etc.

There are even a couple of free MP3 downloads you could test. Look here, in the second column: http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=4058

Thank you! lol. I know I did Hypnobirthing and this is Hypnobabies but I LOVE relaxation tracks! Especially free ones! Tee hee. Smile

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I've used and taught both HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies. My in depth thoughts on the two are here:

http://www.birthnaturally.org/hypnobirthing.htm

Moms who want to have easy access to relaxation or hypnosis tools really need to do daily practice with either a recording or a script. The tools become "installed" in your mind so that you can use them when you need them. I like Hypnobabies (home study or live class) a lot more than other hypnosis methods because it teaches medical hypno-anesthesia techniques, which go way, way deeper than relaxation. The Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis techniques actually teach you how to release your body's natural endorphins (painkillers) on cue. That's what allows so many Hypnobabies moms to be so comfortable. Smile I also really appreciated that the Hypnobabies techniques are encouraged to be combined with walking, birth balls, squatting, tub, shower, massage, vocalization, etc. With other hypnosis methods, moms are encouraged to just lie down. While that may be what some moms end up wanting during labor, others may be frustrated that they can't facilitate the baby's rotation and descent with upright activity.

One issue that comes up between the Hypnobabies home study or the Hypnobabies live class is self-discipline. In the live class, couples report every week on how they did with their practicing. At home, there isn't that accountability (which isn't an issue for some). The live class involves the partner a lot more (with scripts in addition to the recordings) and I've found that most birth partners feel MUCH more confident about their role at the end of the 6-week series. Some of them never get around to reading everything they were supposed to, but sitting through class discussion still teaches them enough to be helpful. Smile The birth rehearsal in the live class is also great because it gives you a mock labor scenario in which to practice your tools.

Here's a comparison:
http://www.pregnancybirthandbabies.com/live_vs_home.htm

Here is place to read over 250 birth stories of moms using hypnosis (mostly Hypnobabies):
http://pregnancybirthandbabies.com/POSITIVE_birth_stories.htm

With my last baby I made a playlist of music that just makes me happy (Cat Stevens, Beatles, Eva Cassidy, etc.). I listened to that a few times and various Hypnobabies recordings as well. Smile

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Erin-- Laura Broderick was our instructor and she is WONDERFUL. She teaches a class at UMC for $100--so much cheaper than the other options.

I have a couple of extra tracks you're welcome to, and music. I downloaded "Liquid Mind V: Serenity" after listening to a lot of awful spa music. I found it soothing rather than cheesy and irritating, which a ton of it is IMO. PM me Smile

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Ladies you are awesome! You've given me enough resources to occupy my entire Saturday!

Leigh- I found Laura's website. I'll definitely contact her.

Thank you!!!

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I just registered for classes with Laura! We have to pay an extra $45 to make up a class I'll have to miss but it's still so much cheaper. We start Monday!

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"Preggo_in_Tucson" wrote:

I just registered for classes with Laura! We have to pay an extra $45 to make up a class I'll have to miss but it's still so much cheaper. We start Monday!

That is AWESOME! So is it hypnobabies or hypnobirthing? Please KUP and let us know how you like it Biggrin

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I did Hypnobabies homestudy w/both DS 1 and 2. Money for a live class seemed like too much the 1st go around. In retrospect I wish we had just shelled it out. I didn't ever finish the program the 1st time and didn't practice daily. I would have had a better birth experience if I had more self discipline. With DS 2 I followed the home study religiously and did 1-2 practice sessions daily. I got an easy, fast, wonderful home birth I hoped for and would recommend the program highly.

GL with your decision!

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"krazykat" wrote:

That is AWESOME! So is it hypnobabies or hypnobirthing? Please KUP and let us know how you like it Biggrin

It's Hypnobirthing. I'll definitely KUP!

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I'm glad you found a class!

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Yay!! Did you tell her I sent you? Say hi!

I think we're going to try to take her baby massage class this fall.

(PS I have a ton to say about Hypnobirthing and its role in my birth experience, and the reasons I think it was awesome in the ways that it was, and where it wasn't, why. Mostly due to my own circumstances--I just don't want you to read my birth story I just posted and get the wrong idea...I just didn't put much in there about it because it was already SO long. Separate post to come Lol

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Yay!! Did you tell her I sent you? Say hi!

I did! Off to read your birth story now.... (I've been waiting ever so impatiently)