Please tell me about your hypnobirthing experiences. I would like to hear if it worked for you or especially if it didn't - why and why not - and I am specifically looking for information about your hypnobirthing classes.
I have seen this hypnobirthing thread (http://ask.metafilter.com/6386/Hypnobirthing-Has-Anyone-Tried-It
) but it's more than 6 years old and I have some more questions.
What class did you take and what was the content? I know there are a couple of competing systems, Hypnobirthing and Hypnobabies and probably others. I have heard that the Hypnobirthing classes do not allow you to take home copies of the scripts. Is this true?
How much 'woo' is there? I believe in hypnosis. I don't believe in crystals, ley lines, magnetic copper bracelets, etc., and my partner is ready to check out at the slightest sign of anti-science.
How hypnotizable are you? In the few past encounters I've had with hypnotism, I have not been very hypnotizable. However, I do get a lot out of guided meditation so I have some hope for this method.
How much more did you get out of the classes versus the books/CDs? Before my last delivery I bought the official Hypnobirthing Rainbow Relaxation CD and I was not impressed at all. It basically seemed like a low-rent poorly written guided meditation track and didn't seem to have any specific pain-management content.
Finally, if you have any tips on how to get the most out of a hypnobirthing experience, or if you have any relevant non-birth experience with hypnosis pain management, I would love to hear it.