I bought Hypnobabies!

3 Mar

Bit the bullet and bought the HypnoBabies self-study course on Amazon while on my lunch break. I can’t wait!

I won’t say that I intend to have a completely pain-free or even medicine free birth, but I know that I’m tightly wound.  Knowing that, I need to put as my tools in my calming toolbox as possible.  Over and over in my reading, doula training and in the childbirth classes that the doula group I’m associated with teaches, the underlying message seems to be, keeping mom calm keeps labor going smoothly.  And that’s all a girl can ask for, right?

The makers of HypnoBabies claim that the benefits of their program include:

  • Most of our moms use fewer drugs or no drugs, which means less risk of side effects for you and your baby, due to elimination of the Fear/Tension/Pain Syndrome, and using post-hypnotic suggestions. (I’m not so much worried about the side-effects of the drugs that I would consent to, but the fact that I’d have to limit my range of motion during labor and birth in order to receive an epidural and the ability to move is not something I’m willing to compromise on.)
  • Most Hypno-mothers have shorter labors since there is less resistance of the birthing muscles when pain and fear are minimized or eliminated.
  • Hypno-Moms generally have much more energy throughout first and second stage, due to your total relaxation throughout the birthing process.
  • The birthing environment is much more calm and peaceful when you, the natural childbirth mother are comfortable, relaxed and confident.
  • Breech and posterior babies can be turned using hypnosis. (This one seems a little dubious, but still, when nothing else works, what’s the harm in listening to positive suggestions to encourage your baby to move into a more favorable position?)
  • Blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature can be lowered and nausea, back and hip pain eliminated with hypnosis during pregnancy and labor.  (This is what I hope to benefit from the most.  I’m very fearful of pre-eclampsia because  my cousin had a horrible experience that went from hospital bedrest, 2 inductions (first didn’t take) and eventually a cesearean.  And I know my anxiety leads to elevated BP.)
  • There are fewer interventions for failure to progress and therefore fewer complications during labor for our mothers and babies.
  • The deep relaxation in Hypnobabies sessions has also helped many a nervous birth partner to enjoy their partner’s pregnancy and childbirth, and the skills that the Hypno-couple learns for relaxation and hypnosis will benefit them for the rest of their lives. (My husband is already great at calming me, but if I can make it easier on him and my other birth support (mom and doula), I certainly would love to try!)
  • As a Hypno-Mom, you are easily “deprogrammed” from the usual negativity of childbirth stories and scenarios you may have heard or read, by way of training in Hypnobabies classes and audio CDs which have positive messages and hypnotic suggestions. This automatically allows you to have a much more positive attitude and confidence in birthing. It is truly a gift that you are giving yourself, an amazingly easy way to enjoy your pregnancy more and actually look forward to your baby’s birth!

My kit should be here by Monday or Tuesday, just in time to be broken out before my next OB and MFM visits.  I’m so psyched!

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