As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been attending HB classes. To read more on it, click here. One of the biggest disadvantages of a long distance relationship is the fact that some things you can't do with your husband. And in this case, I found it quite sad that the other 4 preggies could go with their hubbies, but I was there with my sister. Of course, I'm not complaining that I had to go with my sister. By all means, I was so happy that she agreed to come along, and felt so grateful I had her support and didn't have to turn up there alone. But, it's just a little different, as if something missing, when the person you created this life with isn't there to prepare for the birth with you.
I first heard about HB several years ago when I did hypnotherapy to overcome my PTSD. The hypnosis sessions really worked, so I thought why not try it for birthing as well. One of my friends is also a doula and she had trained under GP so that's why I was even more open to the idea. The classes started of by tackling what our issues/fears about birthing were and how to replace them with positive affirmations. We were also thought some relaxation techniques which will help us cope with labour. It seems that HB mums have shorter, and less painful labours. In fact, instead of painful, strong contractions, HB mums were more likely to describe them as just intense surges. Lesser need for drugs, lesser need for interventions, lesser rates of caesareans. It's a pity it didn't include post-natal/parenting tips (have to pay separately for that!) or I'd have attended them too. There's still time to sign up lah...but must think of the cost. Heh. I'm not too worried about that because there are lactation consultants in hospitals that can help with issues like breastfeeding.
I hope I get to experience the natural birth that I have envisioned. Otherwise, all these nights of listening to the ahem..very interesting...hypnosis tracks would be wasted. Heh. Then again, I guess I could use them for other aspects of my life, or for baby #2. Again, got to just wait and see the outcome. Wish me luck!