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Hypnosis for child Birth

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KIM10 Sat 12-Mar-16 18:57:18

Hypnosis for child Birth did you find it helpful ?
Which one did you use ?

underrugsswept Sat 12-Mar-16 23:39:44

Yes. Relaxed pregnancy, quick birth (less than 3 hours from 2cm dilated to delivered) with gas and air. I went to classes run by some local midwives and it was worth every penny.

Fuzzyduck21 Sat 12-Mar-16 23:44:20

Not sure if you mean hypnobirthing but I did it and wished I hadn't bothered spending so much money and time on it as I found it utterly useless. I have heard very positive stories though so I think it can work x

Runningupthathill82 Sun 13-Mar-16 02:51:44

Another one who wishes they hadn't bothered.
I "did" hypnobirthing in my first labour, ended up with forceps.
Second time round I didn't bother with yoga or hypnobirthing and had a drug-free water birth.

intotheblue9 Wed 16-Mar-16 10:05:50

I started the 'Hypnobirthing Online' home course yesterday and recommend it - I did the birth prep download in the bath and felt sooooo relaxed! I've tried an american cd before but her voice was really grating. Feeling much more positive already and DH says he's willing to try his MP3 and script, so we'll see how that goes! grin

LadyCassandra Wed 16-Mar-16 10:20:22

I did both times. First time I put more effort into it, and it definitely helped, DH said he could see the difference in me.
But, make sure that you know it may not work, you may need intervention, and that is ok too.
I am fortunate that my body is good at giving birth, and that is down to pure luck, but some people's aren't, and hypnobirthing doesn't change that.

LadyCassandra Wed 16-Mar-16 10:20:54

Sorry, second time I put more effort in!

ridemesideways Wed 16-Mar-16 10:35:05

YY ^ A good course should prepare you for birth and help you to stay calm and cope even if your birth requires assistance. There are no guarantees.

We did the Hypnobirthing online one as well Blue - a group of friends all signed up at the same time and we all feel it really helped. All of our birth stories are written up on her reviews page, though I would out myself if I told you which ones they were!

Dixiechick17 Wed 16-Mar-16 21:56:00

I used the Maggie Howell cd and book and thought it was great. Kept me calm, focussed and my labour was just over five hours from the first contraction. The breathing techniques kept me in a good rhythm to the point that I tried gas and air but it changed my rhythm so carried on without.

Silvercatowner Thu 17-Mar-16 06:58:41

I hypnobirthed my second, 28 years ago. Bloody amazing experience, I haven't been able to recreate that experience of being 'high' without drugs since. I'd do it again tomorrow if I could except I'm in my 50s and it would be odd.

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 17-Mar-16 07:03:19

I tried it with my first....but it turns out I'm quite an aggressive person blush I spent the first 5 minutes of the cd thinking "this woman is really annoying".....and then about an hour in, I demanded that my husband "make her shut the fuck up!" blush Didn't work in the slightest for me. But there are lots of success stories out there! You can only try it smile

ridemesideways Thu 17-Mar-16 09:25:38

An hour long CD? What company was that?! Think the longest mp3 session I had to practice with during pregnancy was about 30 mins.

MyBreadIsEggy Thu 17-Mar-16 09:32:33

I used this one - waste of money IMO! I gave it to my friend a few months ago and she loved it though!

LordTurner Thu 17-Mar-16 09:38:26

I downloaded the Maggie Howell podcast for about £10. It was useful when I was pregnant as it was relaxing and was a forced 30 mins of chilling out and thinking positively about the birth. I think I used some of the breathing techniques in the early stages but I can't really remember. In the end I had a failed induction, every single drug possible and then an EMCS but I do think it probably helped me have a positive attitude to the birth, however it ended up.

cherrylola Thu 17-Mar-16 09:39:07

Hypnobirthing? Yes, excellent. I didn't pay for a class just got an audio one and listened to the hypnosis session whilst falling a sleep every night. I even listened to it during the birth. It really helped me concentrate my breathing and focus and not panic. Highly recommended.
I used Natal Hypnotherapy by Maggie Howell

VeryPunny Thu 17-Mar-16 09:39:26

Did both the Mongan method and Wise Hippo as if my life depended on it. Made fuck all difference, except relieving me of £££ and leaving me with an overwhelming sense of failure. DD was EMCS as breech, DS was VBAC. Each time it was so unbearably painful that there was no way I could do anything other than begging for it to be over.

Then I had epidural and my births were transformed into pretty fab eventssmile

Freezingwinter Thu 17-Mar-16 09:43:01

I did, it was a course ran by the midwives, cost £40 and was worth every penny. I have a very low pain threshold but assumed my actual contractions were BH and only realised I was in labour when my waters popped. I went from 6cm to 10cm in an hour, our baby was born four hours after my waters broke. If nothing else, it will help you to feel less frightened about the birth, the course was fab and I will fully do it again if we are lucky enough to have a second!

ridemesideways Thu 17-Mar-16 09:46:40

Shit * VeryPunny *, £££? We paid about £30 for our online course. She also taught us that there are no guarantees and epidurals can be fab if you want one smile

intotheblue9 Thu 17-Mar-16 09:56:27

Ooh that sounds good Freezing. I don't think the midwives offer that here, though will ask.

I made DH do his mp3 and then script with me last night. I thought he'd laugh at the 'Birth Partner' hypnosis track but he said it was really good, which surprised me because he was sceptical at first. Then he did the affirmations script before I went to sleep and after trying not to laugh at first (me!) it was actually really lovely - I started crying blush

VeryPunny Thu 17-Mar-16 10:06:53

I know, I'm an idiot. We did the antenatal courses, so more like NCT. I desperately wanted it to work, hence going back again, convinced it was alll my fault.

ollieplimsoles Sun 20-Mar-16 15:41:52

I did Maggie Howell op and it really worked. kept me calm and focused (I was induced in hospital after i planned to home birth). that was my worst nightmare so i needed something to help me stay positive. i can be a control freak and the hypnobirthing helped me to let that go.

i had a fantastic positive birth

AlfieandAnnieRose Sun 20-Mar-16 15:55:38

I'm also interested in using hypnobirthing.
Ive had a look on Amazon at the Maggie Howell CDs, there's quite a few, is the Natal hypnobirthing one the best to buy?

Abody Sun 20-Mar-16 16:05:48

I did the Mongan one too and would agree with £££ and overwhelming sense of failure. I think the breathing and relaxation helped though so would recommend hypnosis but probably not the Mongan one. Like the sound of the one that says epidurals are okay. Mongan is (or seemed to me) 'if you whimper during labour / take a paracetamol you have failed and your child will be ruined for life'

ridemesideways Sun 20-Mar-16 16:23:36

What I liked about Hypnobirthing Online, was that it teaches you that birth can be a fab experience whether you end up going with plan A, B or C. There were different downloads to use at different times - a whole programme. inc a positive c-section one. I preferred the lady's voice to Maggie Howell's.

Dixiechick17 Sun 20-Mar-16 19:40:39

Alfie the natal hypnotherapy was the one I bought, really helpful.

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