36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2010
I've done hypnosis before, both on CD and in person (one-on-one in an office with a certified hypnotherapist). It was...meh. But I'm preparing for a natural birth, and a month or so ago I realized that I was carrying around too much sense of panic for the natural path to work well for me, so for kicks I looked to see what I could find in Amazon.com's MP3 download section. I had very low expectations. 99 cents per track? A total of 4 bucks for 2 CDs' worth of hypnosis?
The first three times I listened to CD 1, I was OUT like a light before I got more than 10 or 15 minutes into the second track. The next time, I was determined to hear what she was saying, so I propped my head on my hand in an uncomfortable manner so I couldn't fall asleep (or enter a trance or whatever). When the second track ended, I realized there was still a section of the second track that I hadn't consciously registered. Finally, on an evening in which my Restless Legs Syndrome was particularly bad, I made it through the whole of the two tracks without entering a deeply relaxed state, and I found out what section had been eluding me: the part about the transition to the second stage of labor and the delivery itself. Interestingly, this was the part that had once triggered my panic button most strongly, but as I listened to it that night, I experienced only a sense of deep longing for this sacred and wonderful time for my body and my baby. Panic was GONE! I looked closely at my assumptions about child birth and realized that I had undergone a fundamental shift from accepting the Hollywood highly medicalized emergency room OH-MY-GOD-SHE'S-GONNA-DIE belief system to believing in the capacity of my body to do what it was designed and meant to do. Sure, I'd been doing other reading, too. Sure, I'd been talking about this with various people. But the real work, I think, was happening during these nightly hypnosis sessions.
Interestingly, in the past week, I've been waking up to turn off my CD player at exactly the time she prompts me to take a deep breath and, with the count from 1 to 5, return to wakefulness. It's truly weird to me. I must have 20 other hypnosis CDs on various other topics, but none of them ever did anything like this for me. I credit Gabrielle with the relaxed, panic-free attitude with which I face the imminent arrival of my first baby. Wish me luck with natural childbirth! May my 40 year-old body and little baby be able to keep up with the hopes and expectations of my birth plan! If mindset is any indication, everything should turn out splendidly!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2013
Disclaimer: I haven't given birth yet so I will have to update this review when I do. I'm just about to enter my second trimester as a first-time mom.
Tracks Purchased: "Pregnancy Relaxation" from CD1 and "Empowering Yourself for the Birth Ahead - Going Within" from CD2, less than $1 each
The female narrator, Gabrielle Targett, does have an Australian accent, but it's not the obnoxious "shrimp on the barbie" kind. It's a soft, sort of cute accent. For me personally, I like the fact that her voice is different from any that I'll hear in the hospital room, since her voice alone will trigger my hypnosis techniques. Also, Miss Gabrielle speaks in a slow, soothing tone, which becomes a sort of hushed, respectful tone during the CD2 track when you're supposed to be in between contractions. After only four days of practicing with her tracks, I have come to love her voice and associate it with peace.
If you actually listen to what she is saying -- which is hard to do consciously if you are following along and doing the deep breathing, since you will be too deeply relaxed -- it sounds like a long list of positive affirmations. In the track from CD1, she tells you what a strong woman you are, how the baby you're growing is special and unlike any other person already living, how the baby is soft and warm inside you, etc. In the track from CD2, she tells you that your contractions are no more than waves of intensity (she never uses the word "pain"), how each contraction has a purpose, which is to help you bring your baby into the world, and how you should greet each contraction like a new friend -- because they are so helpful, and because when each one leaves, you'll never see that particular contraction ever again. Although the "friend" idea might seem weird, I thought it made sense.
I use these tracks each night before going to bed. I just put them both on repeat and turn the volume on my laptop up loud enough to hear from the bed. I try to do the correct breathing along with the tracks, but of course that doesn't continue once I fall asleep. Also, obviously I don't sit in an armchair with my feet flat on the floor and my hands resting on my thighs as she suggests in the CD1 track -- because in real life, you're really not going to be in an armchair, are you? Anyway, every time I fall asleep with these tracks, I dream of giving birth. Each time, the birth is fear-free, normal, natural, and joyful. I can clearly see the color of the baby and the texture of the umbilical cord, hear the baby cry, and smell baby's skin against my chest. I never remember who was present in the hospital room during these dreams, who my doctor was, if my husband was able to make it, etc., probably because these things aren't essential to having a successful birth experience. The mom is in charge, and she is all she needs to succeed (this is actually another one of Gabrielle's affirmations, paraphrased). In my most recent dream, tonight, I gave birth before the nurse even came in to check on me. That happened in real life to my husband's grandmother when she gave birth to my dear mother-in-law. I was so calm and proud of myself! In the dream I teased the nurse that I was going to tell on her. I dressed the baby myself (in tonight's dream, baby was a girl), put my work uniform back on, and ate some trail mix in bed. I acted so normal!
Believe me, I completely understand that my birth experience will likely not resemble these dreams; HOWEVER, when I think about birth now, I am excited and happy, not anxious. My mother's side of the family has a history of prophetic dreams, so I tell myself that my birth experience WILL be natural and joyful. Why believe otherwise? Why not be calm and visualize success? I truly believe that these MP3 tracks are preparing me to be positive in the face of the stress of labor. I have already seen great results, and I still have two more trimesters' worth of time to practice!
Bottom line: if you can't afford Hypnobabies, spend a couple dollars to buy a few of Gabrielle's Hypnobirthing tracks. I have no idea if Hypnobabies is better, since I won't be buying it. I personally will look more into Hypnobirthing and into Gabrielle's other tracks. This method works for me so far.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
I listen to these two tracks plus the two on Hypnosis for Birth CD 2, and honestly, I fall asleep so quickly and so consistently that I don't even really know what she says in these tracks! I'm 36 weeks pregnant so sleep is precious to me, and I know I can zonk out with these tracks. I also like the woman's Aussie accent and find her voice to be soothing and relaxing. Am hoping this'll help me relax (and hopefully get some sleep) during labor.
UPDATE (June 2013):
I listened to these tracks during early labor. Contractions started at every 10 minutes or so and lasted from 1am to about 6am -- I can't say I actually slept through the contractions, but the hypnosis tracks did enable me to doze and relax in between contractions. I dilated at a good pace, and while I can't say whether/how much the tracks helped with that, I do know that being able to doze helped me stay calm and relatively relaxed, and conserved my energy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2014
I listened to this every night for 2 months before I had my second child. I did home birth with both my kids and the first was a shockingly painful experience, so I thought this might help. I ended up being in labor for 7 hours with my second baby and listened to the one hour track on repeat for the first 5 hours. It certainly didn't take the pain away, but did end up helping me "get in the zone" and manage the contractions better. For those people like me who aren't going to dedicate fully to hypnobirthing, this could be a helpful alternative.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2015
I listened to this every night when I went to bed, starting at about 5 months. I asked my midwife about pain management techniques since I planned to go natural. She suggested Hypnobabies, or Hypnobirthing, both of which have accompanied reading that I just wasn't going to do. I bought this track because it was cheap and I wasn't sure if I really thought hypnosis would work or not. You're supposed to listen to it sitting upright in a quiet place where you can relax... I didn't do that. I listened to it to go to sleep, and it was also very helpful for that because I was having issues winding down and getting real sleep while I was pregnant. I loved how encouraging it was. The first time I listened to it, I kind of laughed a little but then listening to it over and again, I got to where I appreciated the encouragement and reassurances that were in the track. I didn't listen to the track with my labor until it got pretty intense. It worked really well for me. I didn't use it the entire time I was in labor, I couldn't remove myself that far from my surroundings. Every time I was interrupted, I had a hard time getting back into the imagery until I finally just stopped listening to it. It did keep me really calm and relaxed even after I stopped listening to it because I had been in that state and I was able to keep the relaxation going. I loved having a natural delivery and the hypnosis really helped with it. I'll use it next time I get pregnant as well.