by Anne Ferguson
I had the honor of having two repeat couples in my Fall 2018 classes. There was so much value in having these folks present for the first-time parents in the class. Of course I know how well Hypnobabies works, but it is even more powerful when families can tell their own stories and expectant parents see that these students loved Hypnobabies so much last time, they decided to invest the time and money to come back to class again!
I asked these repeat families to answer a few questions to help others who may be considering taking Hypnobabies a second (or third or fourth!) time. Enjoy their answers below...
Taylor says "I came across Hypnobabies after researching childbirth classes online. I was pregnant with my second child and wanted a different experience than with my first. I’d only taken a baby care class before my first and wasn’t at all prepared when my epidural failed. It wasn’t a terrible birth experience but I wanted tools I could use if I ended up with another unmedicated birth. I’m not sure exactly how I stumbled across Hypnobabies, but I loved the idea of empowering women to take control of their birth experience. I also liked the idea of retraining my brain to see birth positively and working with my body rather than just trying to “get through the pain”. That’s why I registered."
Amber says "When we got pregnant with our first, I was so excited but absolutely TERRIFIED at the thought of giving birth. I actually remember crying about it in the early days of my pregnancy. When we shared the news with family and friends, two people asked if I had heard of Hypnobabies and shared their positive birth stories, both of which were unmedicated. I was honestly shocked by their stories and quickly signed ourselves up!"
Why did you decide to take a full Hypnobabies six-week course with your next pregnancy after your first experience with Hypnobabies?
Taylor says "My first experience with Hypnobabies was so positive that I knew as soon as my daughter was in my arms I would use the tools again with our next. When we did get pregnant with our third we thought about just refreshing our tools using the home course, but it soon became clear that Hypnobabies is much more than what can be read in a book. The accountability of weekly classes, the sense of community with our classmates, and the ability to connect with my husband without the chaos at home getting in the way is invaluable."
Amber says "We were so happy with our daughter’s birth after taking the 6 week course! We decided to do the in person class again because it had been 3.5 years and Hypnobabies updated their materials since our first birth. I also found it was a great way to spend a few hours each week focusing on this pregnancy and this baby. (Which proved to be difficult with a toddler at home). "
What were your favorite things about taking Hypnobabies a second time?
Taylor says "Everything came back so fast! I remember it taking a few weeks to get the hang of self hypnosis the first time around, but this time I could jump right into it. It meant that I could really focus on deepening and directing my hypno-anesthesia from the beginning. "
Amber says "Anne’s snacks. Hahaha... kidding! Taking Hypnobabies again made us extra confident in our game plan for this birth. It’s also great to be around other expecting couples and listening to their experiences."
Did anything surprise you the second time through the course?
Taylor says "Things made more sense this time around. I can remember some parts of the tracks or discussions being confusing the first time around. I couldn’t visualize what they were talking about. After experiencing a Hypnobabies birth I could. It made it easier to use the tools."
Amber says "I was kind of surprised what I had forgotten over the last few years! But since I had been using my peace cue since my daughter’s birth (for dental work, mostly) it was easy to get back into our hypnosis practice."
What advice do you have for families trying to decide if it's worth it to take Hypnobabies a second (or third or fourth!) time?
Taylor says "Take it again! It’s so worth the money. You’ll be more likely to complete the homework and your hypno-skills will only grow :)"
Amber says "I think Hypnobabies was the best investment we made for both of our births. Taking the class again was a good way to hold me accountable for completing all of my home play, connect with my husband and prepare us to meet our second baby!"
You can read Taylor's birth story here and Amber's birth story here.