I'm four weeks into my hypnobirthing class and after writing about how I feared labor? I am feeling way better about the whole thing - going into labor, giving birth, and feeling really really good about my choice of childbirth classes.
The classes themselves are pretty straightforward. We're there every week for 2.5 hours of class, during which we talk about labor, what to expect, positioning to help make laboring easier, and science behind some interventions that could happen during the labor process. And each class includes a 15-20 minute long guided relaxation, which I love. We have lots of reading materials, and every week are given downloads to practice self-hypnotism and guided relaxation.
And well, I kind of adore the guided imagery exercises. I do them nightly, before bed, and for me, they really work. These may not be for everyone, but I am far more relaxed as I am falling asleep, and feel way more refreshed in the morning. The nights I've not done guided relaxation work? I don't sleep as well. But. BUT. I am teaching myself to relax WITHOUT the aid of the recording, so that I can go into relaxation when I choose. Which is a big part of why I am doing this - it's to learn to relax and let my body take over and do what it needs to do to help me labor and give birth to my baby boy.
Which involves a lot of practice. So I've been practicing my relaxation breathing on the couch at home. Today when I was getting a vaccine at a prenatal appointment, I used the breathing to (hopefully) avoid a sore arm from muscle tension. I'm not doing any relaxation exercises when it is unsafe to do so, but I am working on practicing breathing, relaxation, and positive imagery whenever I have the opportunity to. Which is normally at home on the sofa, or lying in bed at night.
This is a childbirth class I would recommend to anyone I know who was seeking a childbirth class for unmedicated delivery. I know that I am still very much on the "roll with it" bench, but I also know that I'm doing everything I can to prepare for as unmedicated of a delivery as I can get. And when the baby decides it's time to come, which is hopefully not sooner than 12 weeks from now, I hope to be prepared to roll with whatever labor sends my way.