Okay, so I know that it's REALLY early for me to get started on this, but I had decided before we even started trying to get pregnant that I wanted to do hypnobabies this time. So when I saw that it was on sale in December I went ahead and bought it, and it came yesterday! I had a very traumatic birth with DD, so I'm thinking that the more time I have to work through that, the better. I'm thinking of going through the course once early on in the pregnancy by myself, then doing it again closer to the end with DH.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has used the program, and I'd especially love to hear from anyone who has used it to help achieve a successful VBAC (which is what I will be doing).
I think it's great that you are so excited about it! I think your committment to it plays a big role in what you get out of it. I was not a VBAC--had a pitocin/epidural vaginal birth with my first, but I loved Hypnobabies. I feel like it really helped me have more confidence and peace as I prepared for my DS's birth. I started around 26 weeks and spent 2 weeks on each lesson's CD's instead of one week. I read the workbook along with the CD schedule, then I also re-read each lesson's readings with my DH when he had the time for it.
Since you are so early, one thing I have heard that might be a good way to do it for you is to read the introduction, class 1 and the part of class 2 that explains the diet and exercise stuff (skipping the week 2 hypnosis explanation) and then you can listen to Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations, Special Place, and Easy Comfortable Childbirth whenever you want, not listening every day so that you don't get tired of doing the hypnosis practice every day for your whole pregnancy. Then when you get further along, you can start the program in lesson 2 and spend 2 weeks on each lesson.
How exciting I love Hpynobabies! Like you the first time I decided to use HB was before I was even pregnant, once I got that positive I ordered it And I did start early and I'm glad I did - it took me awhile to grasp what it was teaching without analyzing it to death. I've now had 3 Hypnobabies births & am planning a 4th. I can't imagine birthing without it - it is such a comfort. My last birth was so, so comfortable & quick.
I have the homestudy too. I actually got mine from a friend who did it. Well she was actually my doula client who had the most amazing birth. I am actually taking the Hypnobabies instructor training in March and I am soooo excited.
I just got my tracks given to me, which is awesome! The only sucky part is that with no external instructions I have no idea where to start! The pregnancy affermations are great though, put me right to sleep every time (Yeah I know that's not what their supposed to do)
The mommy I got the tracks from bought the home study course and lost all accompanying accouterments, which is a shame, but I think I'll manage to struggle through none the less... that is if I can keep myself from giggling!
Adam and Eirinn
Ashleigh Jun 3 2000, Mackenzie Sept 21 2001, Jayde Jul 9 2006, and Liam Jun 9 2011
Yeah you really need the book to put it all together.
Heather, I used Hypnobabies for my last pg and I loved it!!!
I wanted a natural birth with my first, but when I went into labor I felt so unprepared and freaked out and wound up with way too many interventions (the nurse staff was horrible and constantly tried to scare me into getting this or that...it was awful). The walking epidural I got (which they told me I needed because I would be laboring for at least 10 more hours...and if I didn't get one I would be too exhausted to push and would need a c-section!!!!) It left me so nauseated and sick that I could barely see after DD was born, and I was vomiting and sick for the rest of the day and unable to enjoy being with my new baby. I was very disappointed and vowed not to let that happen again.
For DD#2 I got Hypnobabies fairly early (I know I was still in my first tri). I absolutely loved listening to the tracks. I did the affirmations once a day while cleaning or walking, and I did one of the hypnosis tracks at night before bed (but sitting in a chair so I didn't just pass out). Sometimes I listened to the affirmations while falling asleep, too. I felt so relaxed throughout the pg, and just felt so at peace with everything. I think it was largely from listening to hypnobabies.
I didn't involve DH in it, as it just didn't feel right for me (he's very supportive, but just not that type). I also didn't actively use it during labor/delivery and really didn't plan to for some reason, which is also why I felt okay not getting DH involved. I do think it helped though. Labor went SO much better with #2. I had no interventions, not even a hep-lock. I felt in control throughout the whole process.
Have you considered a doula? I also had a doula, which I loved!!! She was amazing as well. She was great at dealing with the hospital staff for me and ensuring that they followed my birth plan, which took a lot of stress off of me.
I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful second birth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Used it & loved it during my 2nd pregnancy which was a VBAC. Totally helped me to relax and not fear my labor after a horrible 1st birth experience. I know what I learned from the tracks helped me though an extra long labor as well & gave me peace. I would use it again.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences!
Brittany- I think I will give your system a try since I have pretty much the whole pregnancy still to go!
Jen- We are considering a doula. With DD, we had sort of an unofficial one- a close friend who has attended many births, had two natural births herself, and is considering becoming a professional doula. We will either use her again (she was wonderful) or if we have the money, use a professional doula who several of my friends highly recommend. Either way, I will definitely have someone there in that capacity- it was a tremendous help the first time (I was in labor for 13 hours before ending up in an emergency c-section- under general anesthesia- due to severe fetal distress).
It's great to hear that hypnobabies has been such a help to so many of you!