the hypnotist might work, i had a terrible labour/delivery with DS1 and was very nervous, i did hypnobirthing and a yoga class and found them really helpful.
lolly don't really have much advice just wanted to give you a big
Not saying it's great or anything but read my birth story...I think it sums up labour as something that is actually natural and nothing to be afraid of. There are better ways to spend an afternoon but it really isn't a bad thing. It's a physical feat you need to perform...try to think of it that way. And mind yourself now, try to switch off, get plenty of rest and watch plenty of crappy TV!
ah pet i'm on my first so i dont know what your going through yet...but you know what..a good cry wont do any harm so let it all out.
i know theres also one called gentlebirthing
think you can just buy the cd with this one and do it yourself at home if you didnt want to/couldn't go to a class
Lolly, i did a hypnobirthing course so weekly sessions with a group of 8 other pregnant women for 6 weeks. found it very good, especially for dealing with fear and anxiety.
Lolly - DS2 arrived so quickly I didn't have time to think about it! The only time I panicked was on the way to the hospital cos we had to get a Garda escort across town & I feared for my life we were going so fast! DS1's labour was ok, quick in the end & didn't have time for an epidural. Was a bit scary at the end as he went into distress so had to have vacuum delivery & episiotomy. Was dreading going through that again but just had g&a on DS2 & it was great, really gave me a 'I totally don't care about anything!' feeling!! 2 pushes & he was out with a tiny graze.
You've know idea what sort of a labour you're going to have so don't waste time worrying about it. I found pregnancy yoga great for relaxing, really helped me banish bad thoughts from my mind in the late stages of pregnancy & the breathing techniques are great if you're having trouble sleeping at night with your mind wandering.
Big hugs xxx
Jesus Lolli I can empathise a little. Not so much about the delivery but just the arrival itself. On Saturday I was at a bbq and there was a beautiful 4 week old there. I was holding him for all of 90 seconds before I freaked out and started crying. I was morto, had to hand the baby to my sister in law and go upstairs to the bathroom and freak the biscuit because it just struck me that my baby would be in my arms in about 10/11 weeks! Totally morto. Need to sort of get a grip really!
I've no notions about the birth yet and I guess whatever will be will be but my god I am so nervous about how I will be with a baby.
lolly i couldn't read and not reply, on my first labour i was 11 days over due, induced with 4 doses of gel and it went on for 3 days and had a tough delivery, tear, episomoty and lots of stiches, took me quite a while to recover afterwards so was freaking out a little over the past few weeks thinking of my impending delivery number 2... but OMG it couldn't have been more different.. my lil man was born last tuesday 15 mins after we arrived at hospital, i was 4 days overdue and just started getting back pain that morning which was very manageable, got a bit more intense so we went to hospital for them to tell me i was fully dialated, broke my waters and he was born 8 pushes later....no stiches and i came home the next morning and feel great since, compared to last time it feels like i just went tp hospital drive through and collected him...lol...so please please dont worry you will be just fine.