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Hypnobabies?

I saw on another thread on one of the other boards that Maggie has used Hypnobabies, but has anyone else? When I first found out what it was, I kind of snickered at the thought of it. But I did some more reading and saw they have a specific CD for VBAC births. So now my interest is piqued and I'm considering getting it. But I had a few questions...

Is it worth it to just get the VBAC CD, or do I need the entire program?

Does it really work?

Just wondered if anyone out there has any ideas/thoughts/suggestions on it!

TIA! Smile

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I'm also going for a VBAC and have heard great things about Hypnobabies. I want to avoid any type of intervention - with DD, I went to a 6 before needing the emergency c-section but until that point the pain was manageable.

I'm afraid of the epidural slowing down labor, since pitocin is not recommened (at least not at my hospital) for VBAC patients...if I can just do it natural, that'd be the best alternative.

So yes! I'd love to her opinions as well.

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I've heard amazing things about Hypnobabies. There are lots of moms on the Birthing Naturally board who use it.

Though I've never used it, or even read extensively about it, I will say that each of my births I think I've kind of "hypnotized" myself-- I use a lot of visualization when I'm laboring. I'm present, but I always imagine either a red balloon floating away during each contraction or a wave on a beach coming or going. I literally go into a zone and don't notice those around me (and prefer to be alone...)

I'm planning my 5th natural birth and can honestly tell you that my other births didn't *hurt*. They were intense, powerful, strong-- but not painful in the way I think of pain. They have been amazing and is truly my favorite part of being pregnant-- and the natural high post-birth is AWESOME. I just feel safer and more in control of the entire situation when my mind and body aren't clouded with drugs. I prefer to feel everything, so that I know what my body is doing, if that makes any kind of sense....

If you are considering a natural birth, I would totally look into Hypnobabies-- I just haven't used it myself.

Good luck!

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Thanks for the input, Audra!

I'm definitely planning a natural VBAC birth! I want a birth with as little intervention as possible! I've been shaping up my birth plan, and I have a lot of "little intervention" stuff on there, i.e. no breaking my water, no pushing of an epidural unless I ask, no internal monitor (a lot of docs push for this on VBAC women because it supposedly "catches" a rupture sooner, but there is no evidence to support that), no continuous fetal monitoring... well, you get my point. Wink After having a super, high intervention birth with DS (that I am grateful for to this day, as he was in distress), I plan on avoiding it at all costs this time. Of course, I know that not every wish can be granted during labor and delivery, and I have an open mind to things not going my way in the event of an emergency, but it will ONLY be in the event of an emergency! I am afraid I'm going to get bullied, being a VBAC mom, and want everyone to know in that hospital that my uterus is no less capable than the woman in the room next to me. Wink

Rebecca, you should do some reading on the VBAC CD!

Anyhow, yeah, long-winded, sorry. I think I'm definitely going to look into the Hypnobabies!

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Well, you knew you'd hear from me right? Hypnobabies works. I know it sounds weird, I snickered too. It's kind of a misnomer. It's really just getting yourself into a state of DEEP relaxation and kind of mentally turning off your pain receptors. I think just getting the VBAC CD would probably be helpful in terms of going into it with a positive outlook and "training" your body to give birth, but if you want the full benefits, you need all of the CDs. You can't really learn the self-hypnosis fully without doing the entire program. But I still thing it would help you learn to relax and focus through labor. I couldn't really stay in hypnosis during the last hour or so of the birth, it was too intense, but up until then I felt NO pain and made it to transition barely noticing that I was in labor. You can go the Hypnobabies website and read birth stories there, it will help you get a better sense of what using Hypnobabies is like.

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WOW! This is interesting...my second was a VBAC w/out epi (since they don't work on me)....they used picotin which was obviously not good...ugh. 36 1/2 hrs later and my little girl was born. Ridiculous.

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"nea458" wrote:

WOW! This is interesting...my second was a VBAC w/out epi (since they don't work on me)....they used picotin which was obviously not good...ugh. 36 1/2 hrs later and my little girl was born. Ridiculous.

I think you CAN be induced (I've heard of some other VBAC moms who have been induced), but it's generally not recommended. It increases your risk of rupture. I know they won't induce me, because they told me if I don't go into labor by 41 weeks, they'll schedule a repeat c-section. Seeing as I had DS 4 weeks early and progressed just fine on my own to a 5 during labor (his HR was not stable, hence the c-section), I don't really have any fear of not going into labor. Although, I guess weirder things have happened, right?! Smile

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"JDBabyHopes" wrote:

I think you CAN be induced (I've heard of some other VBAC moms who have been induced), but it's generally not recommended. It increases your risk of rupture. I know they won't induce me, because they told me if I don't go into labor by 41 weeks, they'll schedule a repeat c-section. Seeing as I had DS 4 weeks early and progressed just fine on my own to a 5 during labor (his HR was not stable, hence the c-section), I don't really have any fear of not going into labor. Although, I guess weirder things have happened, right?! Smile

Same with me - except hospital policy (I learned recently) is 40 weeks and then repeat section schedule. Which honestly, is ridiculous...I see a pregnancy as 41 weeks. I'll fight it - I went into labor a week before my due date with DD and dilated fine so hopefully it goes like that this time as well!

Great info...I will def be looking into the full CD set.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

Same with me - except hospital policy (I learned recently) is 40 weeks and then repeat section schedule. Which honestly, is ridiculous...I see a pregnancy as 41 weeks. I'll fight it - I went into labor a week before my due date with DD and dilated fine so hopefully it goes like that this time as well!

Great info...I will def be looking into the full CD set.

My doc told me he won't allow me to go past 39 weeks. They prefer to not do a repeat VBAC. It takes me forever to dilate.

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"nea458" wrote:

My doc told me he won't allow me to go past 39 weeks. They prefer to not do a repeat VBAC. It takes me forever to dilate.

It's just interesting to me how much policies vary. Why 39 weeks if the standard pregnancy is 41? Really, just curious because I had the same question for my OB when he said 40 weeks.

The hospitals here (within the last 6 months) raised their VBAC policies, before - there was only one doctor that wouuld willingly take you. Now every OB will. In my first appt, my OB asked what delivery method I preferred. I actually went in there with printed documents and days of study to present to him, lol!

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I had a working epidural with my first and didn't like it. I also don't like pain, so I searched around for something that I could use to give pain relief without medication. Hypnosis was a perfect fit and my favorite program is Hypnobabies. I've used hypnosis four times and I will use it again. Smile It sounds crazy, but it totally works!