I thought I would write a series of posts about my experience with the hypnobabies home study course. I ordered the thing last week some time and it turned up eventually. The spouse did the actual box opening since I was typing up a case report (that's a practice patient report, more specifically).
In case you're unfamiliar with the "unboxing" video meme, here's one of my very favorites. There exist unboxing videos for almost anything in existence these days.
First impressions: it rained pamphlets and packing peanuts when the box finally came open. The cover letter that goes with it was fairly comical, as performed as a dramatic reading by the spouse with louder parts indicating RANDOM CAPITAL LETTERS, as-written pauses (or run-on sentences actually), and some eyebrow waggling for underlining.
Second impressions (or, when I had the course itself in my hands): I am unconvinced that doing only this childbirth preparation method is necessary or a good idea. It also entertains me a great deal how many places on this thing it has a blank for Baby's Name. Since we don't know if Little Monster will be a lady or gentleman baby, we don't know a name. We've only recently narrowed down the lady baby names to probably one or two choices.
I laughed really hard at the 12 pt, dense text page for my healthcare provider to read. As if I could convince my OB to read that! I don't think I could even manage to read the thing fast enough to him for him to listen to it. It has a vaguely cult-ish tone that I suspect would further suggest to my OB that I'm some crazy hippie who is to be patronized into shutting up and not taken seriously, and that's not going to get me good care. That will make me a joke among the docs (and yes, the docs should be more sensitive and open to different things, but I am not an optimist when it comes to healthcare provider's time and willingness to try new things AT ALL). If I were to write something for that purpose, it would be not more than a half page of text, and in bullet points. I am going to bring it up at a visit, mention that I'm doing it and that it's typical for labor to look different for someone using self-hypnosis (and hey, the book mentions that, and it's exactly the slightly weird labor pattern I had with the kid, so that's something interesting), and that I do intend to try really hard to avoid any meds during labor and INCLUDING pitocin after delivery.
Third impression: The "brief guide" that's bound with the Partner Guide is 20-some pages long, so not all that brief if you ask me. The Partner Guide is shorter yet. Hmm.
Overall: I'm excited about the course but unsurprised that it's a bit far out into right field for my personal tastes. I prefer organic food when I can get it, but I recognize that sticking to a food budget is more important to survival. This course feels like it is the ultra-free range, super duper organic, fair trade, here's-the-life-history-of-your-chicken crunchy childbirth option, so anything less than absolute adherence is made out to be just AWFUL... so I guess I will continue to be a terrible, irreverent person.