If you look for one who's still in training it's way cheaper and still a great source of support. They have to assist so many deliveries to be certified so they're trained but don't have quite as much experience. They cut the rate way back:)View Thread
That's awesome. How old is you daughter? Are your classes the hospital classes, or something more natural friendly, bc their's are informative, but can put some doubt in your mind when trying for natural. If you are doing the hosp one's, you might look into supplementing w something else... or getting a doula, esp since you are a single mom and their support might really help you reach your goal.View Thread
In a hospital, the important thing to remember is that you have the right to refuse ANYTHING as long as the situation doesn't become an emergency. If you've researched what the real warning signs are, you can dismiss the staff if they try to coherce you into somthing. Knowing that being slow to progress doesn't matter as long as baby's okay and that if you let them break your water you are on their time line can give you the upper hand in a natural birth. Also, when you get there, ask if they have a nurse who is skilled with and likes to work with moms who birth naturally. she may be your best tool.View Thread
I'm about two months from the birth of my first child and chose to do the hypnobabies program. Which I love! Though you'd be too far along to have time to complete a hypnosis course. takes a minimum of 6 wks.
I have also had some interresting conversations with other women, but I learned the secret early on. I try to remember that they don't mean to be unsupportive or rude, they just don't want anyone implying that they were unable to deliver naturally or that they somehow put their baby at risk by choosing the "easy way out". If I get defensive, they get defensive and vice versa. I always try to only talk about it if someone else wants too (bc my hypnobabies suggests avoiding any negitive birth stories, experiences, shows, etc) This allows me to avoid most of the negativity.
I try to always be just as supportive of what they chose as I am of what I am doing. I say things like, "You needed to be in the hospital bc that's where you felt safe. Feeling safe is very important. For me to feel safe I need to be in an environment where I feel less likely to be pressured, so I chose the location best for me." OR "You had an epidural and it gave you the birth you wanted which is a beautiful thing and every woman's goal. I would like to avoid it bc that is my goal for my birth. I need to do this for me as much as for the baby." Only if they get rude after I've attempted to be supportive of their birth choices do I say something like, "How do you know? You were numb at 3cm." OR "I don't listen to negative birth stories. What we dwell on we create for ourselves and I don't want to dwell on that." OR start dropping facts on all the complications that interventions cause. If they ask specifically why I want to avoid this or that intervention and are polite about it, I give them the facts in a gentle way. I.e. "There is a very small risk of... and I'm a scaredy cat so I worry that will happen to me."
I rarely have to be negative though bc aside from being concerned over where I am delivering, most ppl are more than happy to support me when I'm being so supportive of their right to choose also:)
I probably have a worse time of it bc I'm not delivering in a hospital. Instead I am using a birth center. I feel as well preparred as a person can be for something they've never done and the distance between me and the availible epidural should help me if my composure starts to slip. I always tell ppl that no I've never delivered before but that I know no woman has ever birthed forever and I will probably survive:) They can't really argue with that.
So far I really do like it. I read that alot of women who had done hypnobirthing classes had supplemented by buying hbabies discs and if you look on ebay, the course sells for quite close to what they originally cost so I have just not written in mine and may keep it for my next birth then sell it after. they come out w new format every so often but the scripts are pretty much the same so even if you get the fifth edition on ebay it would still work, you just probably couldn't sell it for as much. I will say it takes at least six weeks to do the course and have time to practice and get the cues ingrained in your mind. Also its helpful to have a partner who is willing to read scripts for you and be involved and you need to listen to your CD's for about 30 min each day. If you can't put in the time, it just wouldn't help you.
there is also a certain amount of "acceptance" that goes into it. You have to accept that the techniques they teach you work and choose not to override them. You have to practice like you are supposed to. If you are the kind of person who might listen to the CD and think "This is such a crock. Of course I can still move when my "lightswitch" is off!" then you may be too literal minded to really benifit. The relaxation is key. It takes a certain suspension of reality, then the more you do it, the easier it becomes to feel yourself slip into hypnosis. And don't plan on listening to scripts in the car or you may fall asleep and wreck!View Thread
I'm a first timer, but I started by watching the documentary "the business of being born" and reading the book "your best birth" that goes along with it. Then I researched different birthing classes and techniques and settled on the hypnobabies home study course, which so far, I love:) The key is educating yourself so that you cannot be bullied into unwanted interventions and determining if you really do want a safe natural birth reguardless of the possible discomfort. It's all dependant upon what matters to you:) GL!View Thread
I am 28wks with my first pg and also planning the natural route. I am using the hypnobabies home study course to prepare and love it so far, and I chose a birthcenter over a hospital so that I could get the support i need and have a gap between me and the epi. If I have to transfer I can, but it will take a few min, so hopefully that will keep me close in an emergency, but far enough away to be strong. I strongly reccomend a MW. The support is unmatched. Even if you still choose to deliver in a hosp. Also, if you haven't watched the documentary "the business of being born" watch it. There is also a book that goes along with it which I really enjoyed. Start now figuring out what kind of birth you want and how you want to manage the discomfort bc you really do have to educate yourself and be your own advocate.View Thread
I am currently doing the hypnobabies home study course and I am loving it. While I haven't been through my birthing time yet, I have succesfully used it for various aches and pains of pregnancy, and stress relief. I also like that I can do it on my own schedule, though you do have to invest the time, and it is pretty comprehensive so far. I'm only about half way through... It does take a bare minimum of 6 weeks so that is something to consider. I choose it bc it had the home study option (reviews on hypnobirthing said ordering the course was useless without an instructor to teach it) and I found online it had better reviews between people who'd had experience with both. I also liked the "eyes open" technique bc I want to be able to move, speak, etc, in labor without breaking from my childbirth method:) Good luck with whatever you choose.
Oh.... another lady mentioned she used a few breathing techniques along with hypnosis when her o2 levels got a bit low in labor... so I plan to do a little side research on a few myself incase I need them:)View Thread
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