Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Considering HypnoBabies

Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth education course that also teaches Gerald Kein's famous Painless Childbirth techniques to Hypnobabies mothers so that they can enter hypnosis, deepen it themselves and remain mobile during labor, completely comfortable at all times. Most Hypno-babies have no drugs in their systems when they are born, and are able to nurse, breathe well and interact with their happy parents immediately. 

Every HypnoBabies birth story I read sounds so amazing and “pain” free. They use the word “pain-free” but I don’t think birthing a baby will be "painless". People assume that means not feeling anything-that the "hypno-anesthesia" would be like an epidural and make the body numb. It doesn't work this way. Hypno-anesthesia is very strong endorphins. It's like when you cut yourself or you twist your ankle and at first it hurts a lot, but then it doesn't hurt as much, that's endorphins. They soothe and dull pain, but they don't take away sensation. With a pain-free unmedicated birth with hypnosis, you would still feel your baby being born; it just wouldn't feel like pain to you. HypnoBabies changes some words to get rid of the fear and negative connotations like the words pain and contraction. The word “pain” is changed to “discomfort” and the word “contraction” is changed to “pressure waves”.  

It’s not that I want to be hardcore and birth my baby natural but I am more afraid of the standard approach to a hospital birth than I am about giving birth. I am terrified of having interventions and ending up with an emergency Caesarian. Too many moms I know had that exact experience. 

I have not been able to find a bad HypnoBabies experience on the internet, they are all amazingly positive birth stories. I cannot wait to start doing the home study course and listening to the cd’s and affirmations. I have already started reading the HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method, book and listening to its cd for the past week and I am instantly relaxed. It takes me about 5 minutes and I am in the deepest relaxation, I could fall asleep and sometimes do.

2 lovely notes from friends:

KatB,  February 23, 2011 at 6:05 PM  

I'm just a lurker on your blog, but I say go for it! We have a beautiful Bradley method baby. You are right. Not getting started down the path of unnecessary medical intervention can go a long way to preventing a c-section.

Anonymous,  February 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM  

I'm a lurker too --- but what's comforted me a lot has been the info at the Skeptical OB blog:

The author is very anti-natural childbirth (which sounds odd for a recommendation) but I like the way she presents research. I may still go without an epidural (we'll see!) but I was really comforted to know that interventions aren't necessarily bad and that they don't mean I've "failed" in any way. I have felt a lot of pressure to go crunchy and natural, so this was a nice balance.

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