I'm halfway through a Calmbirthing course and finding it pretty good. The breathing exercises I've learnt are like an instant de-stress valve...loving that.
Someone mentioned a Labour of Love? I'm also reading that book and finding it great, a lot of similar stuff to what I'm reading about in Calmbirth.
Good luck with birthing calmly..I'm pretty hopeful I can do it too
I studied the calmbirthing, it was fantastic, i got through 17 hours of labour, 8 of which was contractions of less than 3 minutes, with breathing, visualisation, and heatpacks.
unfortunatly we ended in a c-section due to bubs being in distress, but the whole experience was very positive.
I cannot stress highly enough breathing, my hubby kept prompting me, as you do forget
-the secret to a happy life is to not have everything you want,
but to want everything you have-
I'm going to be doing the course too, in about 3 weeks time and can't wait!
Looking fwd to hearing lots of stories too!
**PG Dip Midwifery 2011- FINISHED!!**
So lucky to be married to my best friend
DS 2002 DD 2009
and one beautiful boy (2008), watching from beyond the rainbow
Watch this space in 2012......
For anyone looking to learn hypnobirthing at home by themselves - you can buy them from here http://www.alabouroflove.com.au/products_new.htm#F and they can be sent to you.
These are Australian cd's/recordings so no annoying American accent!!
Sorry to intrude but can I ask if anyone recommends "Hypnobirthing Hypnosis by Tania Cotterell ND"? It was the only one I could find in the Itunes store.... Has anyone found others there that is not coming up for me? Cheers
Lol at the american accent remark MelandBen, DH is american so I should be used to the accent but there is something annoying about Marie's voice.
I'm sorry MyBabyLeo I have never used it. You can buy the book I got 'HypnoBirthing- a celebration of life' by Marie Mongan from fishpond.com for around $30-40 I think which includes a cd too.
?? if anyone else has any other recommendations.
Just thought that I would let you know that I did Hypnobirthing for my labour and birth.
Was fantastic I cant rave about it enough.
I had a 17hr labour (which unfortunately ended in a c-sect due to him getting stuck) but I had no "contraction" pain I felt a small tightening/pressure feeling at each surge but was not painful just new it was there. I was able to talk and walk around no probs spent some time in the bath, had a shower, even a cup of hot choc about half way through - The midwives were amazed that the techiniques i was using were having such a massive effect on the labour at first they didnt believe i was in labour. So my only advice is to do lots of positive research ( people will drive you crazy with there doubt and there horrific stories - IGNORE THEM)
I have found lots of great birth stories on the net
Read the Mongan Method Book and if you can afford it do a class with a trained hypnobirth teacher/hypnotherapist
Also practice practice practice - by that I mean practice the breathing techniques, listen to any cd you get (everyday if possible) and practice positive birth afirmations
Lastly BELIEVE in urself, ur body and ur baby and the technique which you are using - dont let anyone put one dot of doubt in your mind if they do start reading all the positive stories again and again.
If you want anymore specific detail about my labour just ask.
I did hypnobirthing for my last labour. First of all I can assure you that the pain was excruciating..... what was totally different was my ability to handle it. Doing the visualisations, breathing, etc, really worked to keep me calm and handle things.
After 19 hours I requested an epidural as I was just utterly exhausted and the midwife told me I was a long way off from giving birth - I told her I could handle another few hours but not another say 12 hours, and she said 'I have been a midwife for a long time and this baby is not coming any time soon'.
Anyway I had the epidural at 21 hours and it was just fabulous - I had a c-section at 22 hours as baby's heart rate plummetted down to 5bpm at the pushing stage, no success at getting him out, and it turned out that the cord was tightly wrapped 3 times around his neck.
So I would basically like to say that hypnobirthing really made a huge difference for me - but it is not a recipe for a painfree ecstatic birth. I was still in pain from the get go but the hypnobirthing really helped keep me positive. To behonest I think the main thing is just keeping positive and viewing each contraction as a positive thing.
It is also *incredibly* important that you want to be very clear about what people say to you, have a good birth plan and an assertive labour partner. I am absolutely sure that because I was lying quietly on my side in bed, nobody really thought I was in labour, hence the midwife's comment. When you are working this hard to keep on top of what is happening, you don't need anybody throwing you off.