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Best thing for birth preparation - Buy the set and the book, you won't regret it!,
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This review is from: Natal Hypnotherapy Programme (for Hospital or Birth Centre): A Self Hypnosis CD Programme for a Better Pregnancy and Birth Experience (Audio CD)I can't recommend this series strongly enough to anyone who's pregnant, it's brilliant! It's especially useful if you're anxious about the birth and/or want a natural birth.
CD1 - Pregnancy relaxation (use up to 31 weeks) - is great for listening to during those afternoon naps that you're supposed to have but just can't sleep through. Starts to address any birth anxiety and encourages you to do sensible things like drinking water as well as getting you used to the breathing you'll be doing during the birth.
CD2 - Birth preparation (use from 32 weeks) - again very relaxing, this one also 'programs' your brain to expect a good experience for the birth and gives you methods to reduce any pain you do get. If you're on a tight budget, just get this CD. Note that you ideally need to listen to it about 20 times for the full effect but just once could still help you. It comes with a booklet which explains the basics of how it works and how to use it.
CD3 provides the background music you've been listening to in the other CDs to remind you of them during labour. Also calms your baby afterwards!
CD4 is for the weeks after the birth, boosts your confidence in being a mother and helps you address any issues you might have. Use it as required.
- This was my first baby. I started using the CDs from around 30 weeks and they helped me feel much more confident and far less anxious about the birth. It complemented NCT antenatal classes very well.
- An unexpected benefit was that the CDs gave me the confidence to go for a home birth which I had wanted but had an irrational fear about. This was wonderful :-) Despite being for Hospital Birth, CD2 was still effective. The words used on the CD (in fact, all the CDs) are cleverly written so that they work for many different circumstances.
- I had contractions from around 3am (waters went at 0520) until 1746 when my daughter was born. I listened to CD2 and used TENS and massage from the early stages (from 0800 ish) and from 3pm (when I was in transition) moved into a birth pool and used CD3, but USED NO DRUGS for the birth of my 8lb 6oz baby, not even gas and air. I DIDN'T EVER SCREAM, I only breathed deeply the whole time (except when pushing when I held my breath) and I'm certain that this was due mainly to the hypnotherapy. It wasn't pain free but never unbearable: sometimes it was very intense, and the pushing stage was very hard work, but I stayed calm, relaxed and in control the whole time. The midwives were very impressed and said I breathed my baby out. I can honestly say that my birth experience was very positive - I remember that my mum was very surprised that I was talking about "next time", just one day after the birth!
- Afterwards - The first 2 CDs did such a good job that I already felt very calm and confident with my new baby, who was also very relaxed (and 8 weeks on still is), so breastfeeding went very well. However CD4 has been useful for helping me relax so I could sleep, and also for pepping me up when I've had a bad day.
I also read the accompanying book, Effective Birth Preparation: Your Practical Guide to a Better Birth, a few weeks before I gave birth. I recommend you also buy this, and if possible start working through it as soon as you can. It enhances the CDs and tells you how to create your own versions if you want to if you have specific things you want to address. It gives the science and history behind birth (in much more useful detail than other pregnancy and labour books I've read), and then explains how hypnotherapy helps with this, which really helped me believe it would work. It also describes other things to try during labour for a natural birth and, importantly, how your birth partner can help.
Also look at the Breastfeeding CD - this looks great if you're having trouble with breastfeeding.
I read all the reviews that I could find on this series before buying, all glowing, and still didn't quite believe it would work. But hypnotherapy really does provide effective pain prevention / relief as well as other benefits, with zero side effects, so you have nothing to lose (except a few quid) by trying it! And these CDs provide excellent value for money when compared to a hypnotherapy (or NCT) course.
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