Baby 1 and 2Rebecca L
I did Tracy's HypnoBirthing course during my first pregnancy. I was super nervous and worried my anxiety would take over during labour so the course was recommended to me by girls in my midwife group. I was skeptical at first, but Tracy was so knowledgeable and personable, I relaxed quickly. My husband and doula took the private classes with me and we practiced regularly. When I went into labour, my husband followed me around engaging the techniques we'd learned and I was extremely calm. To this day, I don't really remember much pain throughout the labour or the birth. I was "in the zone" the entire time and my midwife said that she could not even tell when I was having contractions because I was calm and focused. I remember feeling like it was only me and my baby in all the world and we worked together to bring about his birth. It was truly a beautiful experience!
When I got pregnant with my second child, we took a refresher course. I focused this time on breathing and relaxation during the pushing phase of the birth. As a result, when the time came, thanks to all the practice, I didn't have to push for long and I had no trauma or tearing at all. Another amazing birth!
Tracy does a great job and her course made a huge difference in the births of my two children. I think this practice even helped me control the days when both of my children were born. I focused on specific dates throughout my pregnancies and both kids were born within a day of my goal day (my son was 5 days early, coming a day earlier than my focus date, and my daughter was 4 days early, missing my goal day by a mere 17 minutes)!
I only did HypnoBirthing as a prenatal course (and we were reimbursed by my husband's benefits plan for it as a prenatal course) and I don't think anyone needs any other course in addition to it. It covers everything you need to know!
The techniques of HypnoBirthing are universal. We practiced lots and I still use her techniques in any anxiety-inducing situations I encounter today. I highly recommend it!!