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Hypnobirthing advice and books anyone?

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tigger15 Sat 23-May-09 22:26:36

I am pregnant with no. 2 (very early stages)and since no. 1 ended in a csec would like very much to try and have a vbac. One of the problems I had with no. 1 was that I did not think that I coped with the pain very well and this resulted in me having an epidural early on.

Since I have type 1 diabetes I will have a definite date which I cannot go past so it is quite likely that I will not have a chance at having a vbac because the options for inducing after a csec are limited. Therefore I am loathe to pay the substantial amount most of the courses cost for something I may not get the chance to do or may not suit me.

Can anyone recommend whether it's a good idea to try one of the books and cds to get an idea whether I am suited to hypnobirthing? Also which book is best for a hospital birth?

WriggleJiggle Sat 23-May-09 23:39:33

I used a book, and found it really easy to understand and put into practice. Can't remember what it was called though. blush. Came with a CD that wasn't very helpful - too wishy washy.

I definately coped much better with pain and didn't feel I missed out by not attending a course.

thumbwitch Sat 23-May-09 23:44:34

I had a series of sessions one to one with a hypnobirth therapist - it was only a series of 4. I wouldn't like to have done it in a group, not my thing, but also I had it specifically in the first place for Fear removal. It was excellent for that. With my therapist, on the first session I was given the CD that I used for the rest of my pg - I used it every night, it was very soporific! grin.

DS was late and I was induced, in hospital, but found the hypnobirthing did well in the early stages of labour, perhaps less well in the latter stages but certainly helped in terms of me just letting my bod get on with the job and not fighting it.

merryberry Sun 24-May-09 14:51:35

i did the natal hypnotherapy birth cd with ds1 and got the whole set of 4 with ds2.

magic both times, really helped me cope. they also have a vbac specific one

so give it a go for 16 quid?

tigger15 Sun 24-May-09 20:11:39

That sounds really interesting but the whole set thing is about £50. Do you know what the difference is between the £16 and £50 version?

merryberry Sun 24-May-09 21:07:58

the 16 quid one is just the birth one. you don't get the full 50 quid set of 4, so no antenatal relaxation, or the post natal calm down you can cope one. and whatever the other one was, oh yes, just the music one which can trigger the feelings without the words for actual labour. i didn't need that one either time.

just get the acutal birth one. the other stuff is fine but not essential

Bobblebuddy Wed 27-May-09 18:45:01

I used hypno for my first (and so far only) labour, and it was great. had sessions 1 on 1, but the CD that I took away was the most helpful thing. labour was 4 hours and just gas needed. it is mind over matter, so if you get the concepts, you can teach yourself. books and cds would be enough, if you commit to the idea of it.

childrenchildreneverywhere Sat 30-May-09 23:21:36

Hi, I'm a HypnoBirthing teacher.

To be honest I don't think CDs will be hugely useful to you, or a course for that matter. You'd be much better seeing a hypnotherapist/HypnoBirthing practitioner privately for some sessions covering your specific issues and preparing you and your partner for that, it needn't cost much (or anymore than the CDs!) you could probably get what you need for £50 - £100 and because it will be tailored to you and your situ. will be much better than any book or CD.

I'd recommend you find a hypnotherapist who specialises in birth though!

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