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    Am I the only one that isnt using an assistance technique? IE: Hypnobabies/hypnobirthing, Lamaze, Bradley, etc. I just cant seem to fit into any of them, so I'm just gonna 'go with it' so to speak. I talked to my midwife about it last week at my appointment, she said that a majority of people use some type of program, but she said that there are people like me who just use instinct and signals from their body. She said it takes a certain kind of personality for that to work though, but she said that I seem like the type of personality that *could* handle it, so she said that she is not worried about me not having a program to follow.

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    This is me as well. I didn't use any sort of techniques with my first two and I'm not with this one either. I looked into hypnobabies, but I just honestly couldn't get really interested in it. I did fine the first two times dealing with it my own way, breathing through the contractions, etc. Whatever I needed to do, whatever position I needed to get into. It worked well for me.
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    This is me as well. I just followed my own instincts and did what my body told me to do. I was very much inward, blocking out my surroundings. I just couldn't fit myself into one of the "programs" I was able to have beautiful natural births doing my own thing. So you are not alone!
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    I didn't do any technique with DS nor am I this time around. With DS we took the class at the hospital taht is titled "Lamaze Prepared CHildbirth" but it isn't true Lamaze (the instructor said they call it that so insurance will pay for part of it). ANyway, with DS, I read a lot of books, birth stories, etc. I did read the mongan hypnobirthing book and listened to the 1-2 tracks that came with that...but I didn't take a hypnobirthing or hypnobabies class. This time DH and I read parts of some Bradley books in addition to the things we read with DS...and we took the refresher class at the birth center...but we have never taken one specific class.

    when it came down to labor with DS, I just did what felt right to my body, which for most of the time was keeping my eyes closed (as pp said, very inward) and making noises. i picked the positions that felt good (though my doula suggested I try something else since I was standing a lot, she didn't want me to get too tired). more of my preparation was being aware of all the different "tools" (i.e. positions, birth ball, relaxation/visualization techniques) I could tap into and then doing that which felt right at the time.
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    I use instinct and zone out into my happy place.
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    Ok, glad to know I'm not crazy for doing it this way
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMCH View Post
    more of my preparation was being aware of all the different "tools" (i.e. positions, birth ball, relaxation/visualization techniques) I could tap into and then doing that which felt right at the time.
    That's an important point, something that would have helped me more I think. I took the general class at the hospital, read some stuff, but overall didn't feel like I was really *prepared* as far as being familiar with different options for comfort such as different positions, breathing, etc. Once I was in the middle of labor, anything I'd learned went out the window- as some pps said, I also went very inward (my eyes were closed the entire time; I was so much "in another world" I honestly felt drugged, I was asking DH about things afterwards because I couldn't remember certain things happening!) but for me, it wasn't positive, I was just focused on the pain, the next contraction and I was fighting it. I would have benefited from being more familiar with my options, and from someone (DH or a doula) talking me through the rough parts and suggesting different positions or things I could try. To take my focus off the negative and onto a more constructive way of getting through it.

    I don't think its weird at all though to not pick a "method", that's what women have been doing for millenia after all!
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    For me I used Hypnobirthing that helped me train my body and my DH how to relax me. When it actually came down to labor I never used any tracks never used any of the techniques other than a visualization of a rose opening and comparing that to my body and cervix opening up and I never used any of the relaxation scripts. I mainly did what felt right to me in the moment. I am going to try hypnobabies this next time if it feels right when I get pregnant again but we'll see if I actually use it. The main the hypnobirthing did for me was prepare me and help me relax before birth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyTownMom View Post
    I use instinct and zone out into my happy place.
    Pretty much this. During transition and pushing I zone out and can really only see/hear my husband and kid(s). I just do what feels right. Last time I yelled so loud during pushing I think I freaked everyone out. But it's what my body wanted to do so I just let go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kridda_88 View Post
    When it actually came down to labor I never used any tracks never used any of the techniques
    This was me. I took a Hypnobirthing class and attended the child birth class my birth center offered. Once labor really started, I listened to my body and never once actively used any technique I had learned. So much of what the classes taught was review for me. I didn't need convincing that my body could do it and I wasn't afraid. But that was due to my personality, not the classes. You certainly do not need classes to have a wonderful natural child birth. In fact, I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the contradiction that these classes tell you that birth is something your body is programmed to do yet you need to pay lots of money to learn how to do it. I completely understand that our society has created a bubble of fear surrounding birth but I just chose not to buy into it (easy for me, not easy for others). If you have fear about child birth, you should probably take in any and all resources that you have access to.
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