Can anyone recommend cd's I can't afford the classes but would like to try the meditations.
Wow, an old thread of mine get's dragged back to life just as I am interested in it. Thanks.
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p.s I'm not sure what the difference between calmbirth & hypnobirth is exactly but my hypnobirth couldn't have been any calmer.
Baby Girl getting close to 3yrs old
Baby Girl 1 year old
Baby #3 due in June 2013
The Hypnobirthing book is only about $15 on Book Depository, bargain!
And our Hypnobirthing instructor said there's no difference between Calm Birth and Hypnobirthing except the name and that Calm Birth was adapted from Hypnobirthing by an Australian.
I just saw this thread and thought I'd add a technique that I used in my birth 5 months ago that really helped me.
I had only read about Calmbirthing and similar ideas, and read Juju Sundins book called Birth Skills. I had a 36 hour drug free birth for my DS 2 years ago and wanted to do it the same for my DD.
I did lots of rocking, swaying, blowing and the usual but one visualization which really helped me (and I'm not a visualisation kinda girl) was to picture a bottle, like a wine bottle, full. I would picture it as soon as the contraction started to build, and a would take really slow deep breaths and with each breath OUT I would picture some of the substance in the bottle disappearing. I would do this for the whole contraction, only a few breaths because I was breathing so deeply and slowly, and bottle would be empty as the contraction finished. I imagined 'blowing the pain away' - the pain was the substance in the bottle, and with each breath the pain was closer to being gone.
Its weird, and I don't know where I got it from, I think I made it up, but it REALLY worked for me. I tried to explain it to DH after one contraction and he looked at me like I'd lost the plot!
Maybe it will help someone else though
There is a significant difference between Calmbirth courses in Australia and Hypnobirthing and to learn about the differences scroll down the link page...here is a link to explain the difference between the two: