It went really well and we're both (DH and I) really excited about it. The class is 3 hours for 6 weeks, PLUS there's lots of homeplay. And it's home"play" because it's not work. :-) There's communication building questions that we answer with each other nightly. And he reads my scripts to me every other night, so DH is really involved and will learn the cues and everything too. So we're in this together, which we both like. (There are other ways to accomplish this, say for single mothers or for someone who's husband is away.) DH reading to me as I get deeper relaxed is in addition to the Hypnobabies cd's that I use to train my mind as well. There's also a positive affirmation cd that I listen to daily, at any time, while driving or cleaning or whatever that just gives me positive thoughts about my body, my pregnancy and the birth. It's like training for any big event. I have to practice to be successful.
The first class was largely showing us how powerful our minds really are. She went through a scenario involving visualizing a lemon and I"m telling you, I couldn't smell lemon, but my mouth watered and my sinuses actually opened. Bonus! Now I can help my sinuses get unclogged a little. :-) We talked about all the ways our emotions affect us physically, heart rate, red face, sweaty palms, tears... The whole class itself was really relaxing and empowering at the same time. She did spend some time explaining all the training she went through as well to become an instructor. She's also a doula, lactation consultant and some more stuff too. She's been through several successful hypnobabies births as have other doulas in her group.
Next week will be nutrition and exercise...I think she said next week...as well as learning some more of the hypno-anesthesia techniques. The hypno-anesthesia techniques are based on Dr. Gerald Klein's techniques and is used for more than just having babies. Anyway, it's also an actual birth class, so they go over the stuff that would be covered in other birthing classes too along the way. We talked about our uterues and the muscles and what they do and how they work together. We'll go over the perineal exercises or massage or whatever it's called. :-) I don't have my book with me...this is just from memory. lol I'm probably leaving out some cool stuff. They don't guarantee a pain free birth, I think it's like 70% report mostly pressure, tightening or mild cramping sensations. 10% report being comfortable until transition and that was manageable. But all of them report that the relaxation and fear clearing were invaluable to them. (I looked that up on the website because I couldn't remember the quote from the book.) In class we learn to break the fear-tension-pain cycle, where you have fear, which causes you to tense more, which cause more pain...pain causes more fear, causes tension...and so on. OH. And since it's Eye's Wide Open Hypnosis, I won't be confined to the bed. I can walk and move around and get in any position I need to make myself more comfortable and help labor progress.
Anyway. I'm super excited and feeling so much better since I decided I was more afraid of a needle in my spine. lol