I don’t really know how to start this post… For those who don’t know, which would be basically everyone who knows I am pregnant, I am pursuing hypnosis as a natural guide for childbirth. Specifically, I am using the Hynobabies Home Study Course which you can find here, for more information.
I’m seventeen weeks pregnant today, for the record (not that I’ve kept up with recording my weekly symptoms and all, but life happens!). A few weeks ago as the majority of my miscarriage worries started to fade, I started to wonder about the whole having the baby thing. I researched lamaze and the bradley method and neither of them seemed to fit. With both of those methods you need a partner, and as I expected, my partner in crime will be half way across the world when I give birth to our little one! I needed something different. I asked other future “crunchy mommas” on Facebeook what they would suggest and several led me to the Hynobabies webpage. I was a skeptic at first, but after sitting on the decision for a few weeks and remembering that mediation alone works well for me, I bought the entire home study course.
Today was day one, the start of week one, and there was some required reading before listening to an audio track. The reading was interesting. Spoke about how much of the modern portrayal of giving birth is negative. That it’s hard to find even one episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” where no medical intervention was performed. Even the term “labor” brings about negative connotations so forgive me for sounding like a kook when I later refer to it as “birthing time.”
So far, what I’ve read resonates with what I believe in my heart to be true. Child birth is a natural process. I believe a lot of the “necessary” medical interventions like C-sections are a consequence of other interventions such as membrane sweeps and induction drugs that were never meant to be used on pregnant women. I’ll get off my soap box now. :)
The audio track was similar in format to any other guided meditation I’ve done dozens of times before. Was peaceful and relaxing. So much so that I could feel my scalp tingling at one point. A nice surprise considering the headache that had been brewing for about an hour. I’m interested to see how this whole thing plays out. Seems to be going well, so far.