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September 8th, 2010, 07:18 PM
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I am not sure what I think about this. I don't have much info or anything, but it seems kind of hokey (I don't really believe in hypnosis). Can anyone tell me more about it?
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September 8th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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I'm on the fence about it too. I think it can definitely work for people, but I just don't know that it's right for me. I'm not the kind of person that can be disciplined enough to listen to all the tracks, practice, etc.
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September 8th, 2010, 08:30 PM
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I used Hypnobabies, which is a little different from Hypnobirthing, but both teach self-hypnosis for childbirth. A lot of other ladies here have used Hypnobabies too. Even if you are skeptical I would at least look into it. If you can devote the time to practicing it each day and really commit to it I think you would find it very helpful. Read some hypno-birth stories. Many women say they have painless or very comfortable births when using it.

I will say that I did not practice every day like I should have and did not use it as I intended to during my birthing time and I did have pain but it was definitely manageable. It's essentially very deep relaxation and it did help me quite a bit. The other thing I really liked about it is that it helps you to think positively, to be assertive when necessary, and to be patient for your birthing time to begin. I don't know if I will use it for my next birth but it definitely helped me a lot for this one.

That's my 2 cents. Hopefully some other Hypno-moms will share theirs. I would say it's definitely worth looking into, but another method might feel like a better fit for you so just check out a couple different options.
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September 8th, 2010, 11:22 PM
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I don't know if I will use it for my next birth but it definitely helped me a lot for this one.
What method do you think you would use instead?
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September 9th, 2010, 05:45 AM
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What method do you think you would use instead?
I think I might look into Bradley, but it will be quite a while from now so I haven't thought about it too much. I may consider using HB again.
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September 9th, 2010, 06:18 AM
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I agree with Michele, it is essentially very deep relaxation. The thing that helped me the most though was definitely the daily affirmations. Having an NCB in a hospital is not easy, and it really helped me to become more assertive. Also, I think that taking the time each day to just sit and relax did wonders for my pregnancy overall. I for one would definitely use HB again, and I would be more careful to follow it exactly as I had some problems with it near the end, but I think that's cause I never practiced!
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September 9th, 2010, 08:36 AM
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When I gave birth with my first I after looking into it decided that the hypno methods were not for be. I had a lot of success with Bradley.
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September 9th, 2010, 08:58 AM
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I've used both hypnobirthing and hypnobabies and found both very helpful. Like the other ladies said, it's essentially deep relaxation and visualization. I was very skeptical before using it but now I highly recommend it. I was afraid of it being too out there for me but it's not at all.
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September 9th, 2010, 09:20 AM
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I did Bradley - self hypnosis was not for me or my DH - we both wanted him to be a very active part of the experience. LOVED Bradley and I am so excited to do it again in roughly 33 weeks
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September 9th, 2010, 12:56 PM
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I think it's a great thing, but if you choose hypnobirthing, you really need a class to attend. With hypnobabies, you can take a class or do the home study, but you really need to practice daily. Hypnosis is accumulative and really requires dedication.
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September 9th, 2010, 07:50 PM
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I think a lot of people get the wrong idea about Hypnobirthing, because it's not what you would typically think of as hypnosis. You have completely control over your state of mind at all times. You essentially just train your body to go completely limp by certain cues that you've taught yourself. It's a great method of relaxation, and I think if you really practice it, it can work.
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September 9th, 2010, 08:43 PM
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I will be doing Hypnobabies as I think I can really benefit from the relaxation techniques, my main concern is after labouring at home when I transfer to the hospital I will get so nervous because of the lack of support for a NCB that I will freeze up and stop progressing.. So I'm going to do hypnobabies so I can relax even in the hospital..
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September 17th, 2010, 06:18 AM
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I did Hypnobabies and can't say enough good things about it. You really do need to do it every day though and practice. It won't just come to you unless you do. Here (Sam's hypnobabies waterbirth) is my birth story if you want to read.

I was also very skeptical, but it worked and I would not describe my son's birth as painful.
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September 17th, 2010, 08:27 AM
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I think I might look into Bradley, but it will be quite a while from now so I haven't thought about it too much. I may consider using HB again.

That's funny. I used Bradley last time and trying Hypnobabies this time.

I loved, loved Bradley. DH and I are both happy we went that route, since it taught us so much.

I got into a really relaxed and painless state for a few hours during birth (it felt like 15 minutes). After, the nurses asked me if I was doing hypnosis . I got out of that state at some point and for the life of me could not get back in it or get relaxed at all. I want to have to tools to be able to get back there this time.

I'm excited to see if it works as well as it did for other ladies. There were some really great birth experiences that came out of it.
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