My Comparison of HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies
I took HypnoBirthing 5 years ago and
Hypnobabies in 2005. Here are my insights into the differences.
I originally wrote this when my Hypnobabies class ended. The bold thoughts are what I added after I had Bryson.
We finished our Hypnobabies classes last night. There were 5 nights of classes and it is a really great program. Rob was telling me last night how much he learned and how much better prepared he feels for this birth. Rob still felt this way after we had Bryson. We also had a doula this time, which he LOVED, came in handy when he was SO hungry, he went and got dinner after they broke my water. :)
Here are the things I really like about the program.
Here is how it compares to HypnoBirthing, which I took 5 years ago while pregnant with Carson. There was only pregnancy affirmations and 1 hypnosis cd to listen to. The classes had good relaxation info, but not great birthing info. There was not really good instruction on how to get re-into hypnosis if I got unfocused. Which did happen after 14 hours painfree labor I lost focus when I was "stuck" at a 7 for 3 hours. Once I made the mental shift that I would get an epidural if I was still at a 7, then I felt painful contractions... before that I just felt pressure.
So here I am at 31 weeks, looking forward to the day I have this baby. Not because I am uncomfortable (while I am at times) but because I am excited to give birth again. I truly loved giving birth to Carson and I think HypnoBirthing helped with that. His birth was an incredible empowering experience. This time I imagine it will be even better because I am better prepared and it will be my second VBAC, so hopefully a little faster. :) Indeed it was a better birth, faster, no medications, no pain... it was AWESOME!
So I would say I am SOOOO glad that I did Hypnobabies this time. I am glad I did HypnoBirthing with Carson, because that was the only option I had at the time and it was helpful. I was better prepared in so many ways for this birth because of Hypnobabies.
Some other differences between the 2 programs... in HypnoBirthing they do a fear release session, but with Hypnobabies you get a fear release CD so you can listen to it as many times as you feel you need it. Great benefit for moms who might have more concerns than others. Also Hypnobabies covers typical interventions done during birth and the pros and cons of these, so you are able to decide which interventions you do and don't want during YOUR birth.
Here is a link to another mom's comparison of the two... she also used HypnoBirthing with her first and Hypnobabies with her second.
Here is another link from a Hypnobabies Instructor who used to teach HypnoBirthing. It explains the difference she has seen after being an instructor in both methods.
If you are a mom who has already taking a HypnoBirthing class and you wish you could have something MORE to add to it (such as a special CD to listen to during your birthing day) , you could ask your instructor to make you more scripts to listen to.
You can also join the yahoo group for hypnosis and childbirth... through this link. Any mom interested in birth with hypnosis is welcome.
Sometimes it takes the moderator a few days to get through all the requests, also in order to be approved you HAVE to SEND AN INTRODUCTION, once you are approved, then you can request information about a HypnoBirthing supplemental set.
They are only available to mom's signed up through the group.
Even if you don't want the set, still sign up because it is a wonderful interactive support group for mom's using hypnosis for birth!
It is where I have gotten all the birth stories for this website!
Want to know how you can take Hypnobabies? Click here!
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