Tomorrow evening is my first hypnobirthing class. (Btw, that link is worth clicking just to check out their source – an obstetrician named Dick-Read? Are they joking??)
Generally, hypnobirthing takes the place of pain medication during childbirth. I’m not planning to use it for that, I’m thinking of it more as a technique to manage the fear of childbirth – which, for me, is huge – in combination with drugs. I’m actually a very big fan of artificial substances. Heck, if they could put vodka in my IV, I’d be all for it.
Both my obstetrician and Dave seem to think that the hypnobirthing classes aren’t really necessary. My OB says that she’s “pretty liberal” with the pain medication, so if I’m feeling discomfort during labor, all I have to do is speak up and they’ll give me more drugs. Which is great, I admit. (Have I mentioned that I love my OB? Because I do. She’s fantastic.) Dave is against the idea of the classes because, as my “birthing partner,” he has to go to the classes with me, and he’s a little cranky about the idea of taking two hours out of his day for the next five Wednesdays. I think he’s also afraid that they’re going to make him do something embarassing, even though I’ve explained that he’ll probably just be expected to rub my back and act supportive.
Honestly, the only reason why I decided to go ahead with the classes, even after my OB said they aren’t necessary, is because I am absolutely terrified of giving birth. And the fear has only gotten worse since I got pregnant, it’s almost an irrational phobia at this point. I think about how uncomfortable I am during a regular routine pap smear, and then try to multiply that times a thousand, and… good god. How do women do this?
I’m almost wishing for just one teeny-tiny complication – nothing that could endanger me or the baby in any way – but something that’s just enough to warrant a C-section. I’ve had abdominal surgery before, I’m not scared of that at all. See? Like I said, irrational.
So, since the main point of hypnobirthing is to calm the mother and ease her fears and anxieties, it makes sense (to me) to go ahead with the classes. Even though I’m pretty sure that I’m going against their basic philosophy by planning to combine the relaxation techniques with pain medication. Oh well, we can’t all be perfect.
From my point of view, the main problem with this hypnobirthing class is that the first one is tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m., which means I’ll miss the season finale of “Project Runway.” I’m planning to DVR it, of course, I’ll just have to be very careful not to read any spoilers on Thursday until I’ve had a chance to catch up.