Alright guys, I finally got my act together! I know I’ve mentioned that I’m doing this program to prepare for a natural childbirth but haven’t really said much about it other than that. Today I’m going to share how this study is going for me so far. I’ll be sure to do a final review once I actually have my baby too.
I heard about this program from a friend who had great success with it. She gave birth completely natural to a healthy 9 pound baby boy and said it worked wonders. I was sold! I bought this home study kit from Amazon (although it currently says it’s out of stock right now). What really sold me about it was the reviews (4.3 out of 5 stars, not too shabby!).
There is an option to buy this kit & also take a live class with a certified instructor. I looked into this but there were no instructors within two hours of me, so I’m just doing the workbook study at home with my husband.
What is it?
Hypnobabies is a form of self-hypnosis to keep mom-to-be calm, relaxed, and view birth in a positive light both during pregnancy and labor. The program promotes only all natural alternatives to medicine for managing pregnancy and labor while also informing mom-to-be about medical interventions, should they become truly necessary. It is a self-study kit that consists of a 5 course workbook & 8 CDs with 14 different tracks.
Right now, I am working through the workbook at my own pace. The program recommends doing the 5 classes in 5 weeks, but because I started this so early, I am doing them more like once every 2-3 weeks. Each week of the course, there is a CD schedule to listen to the self-hypnosis tracks. I currently listen to these tracks, which are 30 minutes, after work. They alternate between two different tracks, so I listen to a different one every other day. In addition to this, I also listen to a “positive birthing affirmations” CD to and from my drive to work (also about a half an hour).
The tracks consist first of breathing techniques to completely relax your body, and then mental cues to completely clear your mind. This takes about half of each track. Once you are totally relaxed, the track speaker then begins to speak about different topics from learning how to go deeper into hypnosis, how to control hypnosis, how to view contractions as pressure instead of pain, clearing your fear of birth, and positive affirmations for what you birth will be like.
The workbook gives information on how to stay healthy in pregnancy, general pregnancy information, the stages of labor, hospital interventions and how to avoid them, tips for birthing partners, what to do when you go into labor, and more.
Something to note: there is another program called “Hypnobirthing.” This is not the same thing as Hypnobabies. I’ve heard it’s not as good or thorough.
Why did I choose this?
I chose this program to increase my chances of a natural birth. I know that I cannot control the future and have no idea how my birth will go, but I wanted to do all I can to have the odds in my favor.
I am also a very anxious person at times, especially in medical situations. I wanted a program that would give me confidence and relax me. Hypnobabies definitely does both.
What I Like
- I love doing my hypnosis tracks! They completely 100% relax me
- It’s only 30 minutes a day
- Any time I do the tracks, I come out of it feeling like I just got a massage. It’s fantastic! Listening to these tracks is the best part of my day.
- This program is completely focused on the positive
- I like that this program does not offer a backup plan & forces you to believe in it
The teaching specifically says the only way this program is going to work is if you put your faith into it 100%. For a while, I was telling myself this is plan A and, plan B is an epidural “if it gets too intense.” But the program explains that if you think like that, you’re mentally setting yourself up to get an epidural.
It’s hard to convince yourself of this not knowing how the situation will go, but mentally, I have put that out of my mind. If an emergency happens or a doctor is highly recommending something that is not completely natural but I need it, of course I will do whatever is going to be best for me and my baby. But for now – this is it!
Some Things I Don’t Like
- Some things they say seem to contradict themselves at times, but nothing that is majorly flawed
- The program is very “all natural” focused and very much “hospitals are doing it wrong” preachy. This is generally how I view things, but if someone was very pro-hospital, this would probably clash with them.
- They explain medical interventions but take the view that most of them are medically unnecessary. If someone had done little research on interventions or was open to anything a doctor suggests, this study might really turn them off.
What I hope to get out of it
I hope to maintain a relaxed state throughout pregnancy and go into labor as mentally and physically relaxed and confident that I can birth a baby as much as possible. As soon as I started using this, I started sleeping better and generally enjoying my life and pregnancy much more than I was before. I think the tracks have helped me manage my symptoms better and give me the confidence to get through pregnancy.
I hope that hypnobabies will provide me with the tools I need to have as natural of a birth as possible. So far, it is working wonders during my pregnancy. I plan to keep listening to all my tracks daily until I deliver and then use them during childbirth as well. So far, I truly love this program and am excited to have found a method that puts me at ease & hopefully sets me up for success.
Fun fact of the day: only 60 more days until my due date!
I hope you found this interesting! Any expecting mamas (or anyone), if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this kit with my own money. I am not affiliated with the makers of Hypnobabies and am not being compensated for posting this in any way.