So this is my second pregnancy and I came across the hypno-birthing book in our library and have been reading through it.
A lot of it, so far makes good sense to me, but some of it seems a bit extreme or "silly"
The only classes near us are quite expensive so i don't intend on taking classes, but I wondered if it's the kind of method where I can pick and choose the things that I think will work for me, or if it's the kind of thing that you either do it all or not at all.
I realise that with anything the more committed you are the more effective it will be, but I'm not sure if it's something I can completely buy into, especially just using the book for guidance.
My first birth was a straight forward 7 hour labour, at a hospital with a midwife.
I had a really good birth experience but there were a couple of things that I either felt myself panic over in the moment, or I felt really apprehensive over going into it which I think held up the process.
Specifically I felt myself panic when I felt a strong urge to push. I put that down to all the movies that always have a woman being told, "no you can't push yet." so in the moment I assumed it was "wrong".
Going into it I was really fearful of tearing badly. I didn't realise how fearful until I found myself holding back from really pushing and my midwife thought maybe baby was stuck, and I had to be encouraged to push through the pain.
This seems to conflict directly with the idea of breathing a baby down. Although surely there has to be some pushing? Or is it really just a case of just breathing through it and letting your body do its thing?
Sorry to make this so long, But I suppose ultimately, as I was relaxed and comfortable through most of my labour, letting my body do its thing and simply moving into the most comfortable position, would it work to look at the aspects of hypnotbirthing that seem most relevant to the actual "pushing" part as that is where I found myself most fearful and in need of help?
Any thoughts or advice?