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1.0 out of 5 stars Just a mediocre relaxation CD, no practical help for birth, 1 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Effective Birth Preparation (Hospital or Birth Centre): Self Hypnosis (Natal Hypnotherapy Programme) (Audio CD)
If, like me, you are looking for a more practical guide to hypno-birth, don't waste your time and money of this. A friend of mine told me about how hypnobirth really helped her, so i got curious. Before I committed myself to an expensive class, I wanted to find our more about the basics to see if its even for me. This CD didn't even provide the most basic info - I was expecting information on what happens during birth in your body, what different muscles are involved, how to actually use your mind and will to relax and use breathing exercises.... This turned out to be a simple mediocre relaxation CD with calming music (not even good one at that) and a soothing voice telling you to "breathe in the golden light all the way to your baby".... I can do that already and a good CD of classical music would be much more enjoyable. Very misleading title claiming to be "effective birth preparation" - I don't feel any bit more informed, educated or prepared, perhaps a bit more relaxed in general just not about giving birth though.
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2014 19:37:36 GMT
I think you have totally missed the point of this CD. It's not supposed to educate you! Please don't dismiss it - I had a wonderful birth and put it down to this CD (and book).

If you read the accompanying book Effective Birth Preparation: Your Practical Guide to a Better Birth (and I highly recommend it - very practical and much more detailed and helpful than the booklet that comes with the CD, it explains how it works and ways to work with your body), you would discover that the key to a calm, natural birth is all about relaxing, and detaching yourself from your "thinking" mind and removing anxiety - exactly what this CD achieves, especially if you listen to it 20+ times. You don't need to know what's going on (and there are plenty of other books and NCT classes that will tell you about this if you really want to know) - your body already knows what to do, you just have to let go and let your instincts take over. Just think about it, women in comas, and in 3rd world countries will give birth often without help, without having been educated about what's going on!

Please give it another go. I recommend this to every pregnant woman I meet! After using this I gave birth to an 8lb 6oz baby without drugs (first pregnancy) and the midwives said I breathed her out. It was hard work and certainly not pain-free, but nothing I couldn't cope with, and I can honestly say I'm really looking forward to doing it all again in June! How many mothers can say that?!
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