I read the Hypnobirthing book and the teacher for my birth class was in the process of becoming certified so she taught some techniques in our class as well. It was somewhat helpful to me. I definitely did not transcend to another plane where I was calm and peacefully breathing thru contractions or anything even close to that, but the breathing I did helped give me something to focus on and get me thru the painful contractions. I agree with the advice to read up on and pratice multiple techniques, or try to tailor them to what you want, so that you have options. I always say it's great to have a birth plan, but then you should have a Plan B and Plan C and so on because so many things can happen and go differently, if you only have a plan for one scenario you can end up feeling freaked out if things go a different way.
at 5:17 PM on Dec. 8, 2010