This week I went to my first Hypnobabies class. Originally, I was going to audit the class as a doula but at the last minute there was an extra student spot and since I am pregnant and all, it made sense to jump in and fully participate. I’ve heard a lot about Hypnobabies over the last couple years. Mostly from Karla who raves about it to every pregnant woman we meet ;) But I wasn’t convinced it was the right fit for me. My last three births were Bradley births. I love the Bradley method and my births have been great. I wanted to stick with what I know. I read Mongan’s Hypnobirthing book and I was willing to take my Bradley relaxation skills to the next level but I wasn’t sure I wanted to go all the way to Hypnobabies hypnosis. Honestly, I thought the recorded scripts sounded a little hokey. It reminded me of laying in my best friend’s room in junior high, listening to her dad’s stop-smoking-hypnosis tapes, trying to be serious but busting up laughing. I can still remember that guy’s voice instructing us to take a deep breathe and “hode it, hode it, hode it.” It was a running joke between the two of us for a long time. So I wasn’t sure I could take Hypnobabies serious enough for it to work. That and the fact that I don’t like being told what to do. But, after just a few practice sessions, I’ve gotten used to the voice on the CD and I’m more willing follow directions and accept suggestions, knowing that I am still in control of this type of self-hypnosis. And it feels so good to relax completely at the beginning, middle, or end of a crazy day. Now I’m excited, not just to help expectant moms have a great hypnobirth, but to experience a great Hypnobabies birth for myself. With each of my four babies, the birth experience has gotten better and better and I’m confident that with Hypnobabies, this birth will be our best yet!