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17/10/2013 at 19:43
has anyone done it? DO you recommend it? Can you recommend any books/websites/courses etc?
I was lucky with P and had a very straightforward natural delivery. I progressed very quickly, which was great in someways but my overwhelming memory of labour is a loss of control and panic. I'd really like to try and avoid feeling like that this time and thought hypnobirthing might be a good way of trying to maintain control.
Googling produces millions of varied responses so i'd be grateful if anyone could give me a good place to start.
17/10/2013 at 19:47
I read Hynobirthing by Marie Mongan which had a relaxation CD. It definitely helped me stay in control x
17/10/2013 at 19:49
I did hypnotic thing and I think had I not been induced It would have been very helpful! I've got the book and cd, which I'm happy to lend put if you want to borrow it?
Eta hypnotic thing is the iPads way of saying hypnobirthing!!
17/10/2013 at 19:59
I did Hypno and it was fab. We paid for a proper course and I'd highly recommend it. If you can't stretch to that though I'd start with the Marie Mongan book. I could make you a copy of the CD if you like?
17/10/2013 at 20:03
I read about it before having O. When I went into labour with him, when it got bad, l remembered some of the stuff I read and it made a difference. I kind of went into myself, and it helped a lot. I got through with just gas and air. The only time I felt overwhelmed and swore was when his head crowned but it did bloody hurt lol, my kids have huge heads!
17/10/2013 at 20:54
I didn't do hypnobirthing but did some Lazy Daisy birthing classes which includes some visualisation techniques as well as breathing techniques and positions. Like you I felt very out of control for most of my labour with A, with M I felt in control for 95% of it. I think I'd be a bit too cynical for full on hypnobirthing, but this wasn't too hippy, although I think it depends on the individual teacher tbh. May be worth looking if you have a local class?
17/10/2013 at 21:26
I didn't do hypnobirthing but my aqua yoga teacher recommended the Marie Mongan book.
17/10/2013 at 21:39
I did hypnobirthing - brilliant. Did a course down in Lewes (Hypnobirthing sussex) with my eldest and was amazing. Felt in control and calm throughout (actually quite enjoyed it) and then used the techniques again with the twins which were a lifeline because everything was out of control but with my cd on i retreated into my own little world and pretended it wasn't happening! It was the marie mongan method with the rainbow relaxation script one. It was brilliant for getting to sleep too - "and now its time to relax"........ Zzzzzzz
17/10/2013 at 23:16
We did a hypnobirthing course, based mainly on the Marie Mongan method but taught by an independent midwife who is also a qualified hypnotherapist. It was great because she gave us loads of general antenatal info and could relate all of the techniques to the different stages of labour. I've listened to the Rainbow Relaxation track (and the affirmations on the same CD) daily since out course (in August) and with practising the breathing techniques etc I find it very easy now to relax myself and retreat into my own calm world. I'm generally very cynical about that kind of thing, but I am a person who likes to know *everything* and be in control, so we did the course because it's our first baby and nothing can really prepare you so I thought it would help to learn more techniques to help me focus and remain in control.
I'll report back after the baby has arrived as to how I felt in labour, but I do know I am very excited (but also relaxed) about the labour and birth; I have no fear about it at all, and am viewing it all in a positive way. I've written a birth plan that includes what t do in difference scenarios (eg emergency c-sec) and even though it's not my ideal birth, I think the hypno techniques have helped me visualise how to cope in each different eventuality so I feel like if things did go into an emergency situation, I could remain calm and focused and deal with it, rather than panicking.
18/10/2013 at 11:29
I'm considering this, but the courses near us are about £300 !
Stripey; could I please trouble you for a copy of the CD?
03/11/2013 at 19:12
Thank ladies, i can't believe i forgot to come back to this! How rude am i?!
The courses are quite expensive but i will definitely look at the book, nice to know people feel it's been positive.
Noodle if the offer still stands i'd love to borrow the book/CD?
03/11/2013 at 19:14
03/11/2013 at 21:02
Hmmm I don't really want to put my email address on here as I can't edit/delete from my phone. I'm not sure if there is a pm Function on here. There should be!! Are you on fb and friends with anyone else on here?
04/11/2013 at 04:21
I did it without the courses and it was fab! I used the Mongan book and CD and have a wonderful friend here that is a hypnotist so helped with tips and advice. My experience with M was so different to E, I can honestly say I felt no pain until he crowned (and that's mostly because the little monkey was tangled up in his placenta so wasn't coming out easily!)
I have a couple of things scanned into the laptop that I'll send over to you x
04/11/2013 at 07:06
04/11/2013 at 08:15
I did the marie mongan CD and book, I ended up with induction and EMCS but I used it too keep myself calm whilst having the spinal put in etc. I loved how relaxed it made me feel whilst pregnant too so if I had another baby would use it for that more than the birth
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