I am a doula and I have taken these childbirth classes: Hypnobabies, Hypnobirthing, Bradley Method, (Birthing from Withing Book), and Lamaze. Some classes I took while I was pregnant and others when I was not pregnant.
I found all of these classes helpful in their own ways.
The founder of Hypnobabies was previously a Bradley Instructor as well as a HypnoBirthing Instructor. She found that both of the programs were lacking vital information.
The biggest difference of the two classes is that Hypnobabies belives that pain is not a requirement for birth and the Bradley Method does, essentially.
Both of them talk about nutrition, excersize, pros/cons of interventions, relaxation, visualization and deep abdominal breathing. Both classes inform about how birthing without drugs if possible, most likely lead to the best outcomes.
To be honest I learned invaluable education about childbirth from the Bradley Method. The one thing that I could not understand is why birth had to be such an ordeal comparable to an olympic event.
Hypnobabies says that birth does not have to be hard, difficult, strenuous, long, or painful. Hypnobabies says that it can be easy, enjoyable, quick and comfortable!
When you first read about this you think, "ya right". But really, it can be enjoyable. Here is how I have come to understand why birth can be pleasureable. Hypnobabies teaches hypnosis for childbirth. And hypnosis is a deep level of relaxation or meditation combined with "numbing" tools per se.
Hypnobabies uses medical grade hypno-anesthesia. This hypnosis "anesthesia" is used occasionally when someone needs surgery but are deathly allergic to the drug anesthetics. there only alternative is to use hypnosis which trains them to not feel pain when operated on but only pressure sensations.
What you learn in Hypnobabies is the hypnosis "tools" that make it so you are numb and only feel pressure from the top of the breasts to the middle of your thighs.... and you either are pain free or have very little pain...you are comfortable. It does this by helping train your mind to release endorphins (which are 200 X stronger than morphine) on command when you use a cue such as "PEACE".
I personally have had three natural, drug-free births. I read the bradley books (workbook, Husband Coached Childbirth, The Bradley Way, Labor Assistants & Children at BIrth). They were tramendously helpful for both me and my husband. My first birth went well and was 7 hours but was hard during the pushing. My second birth I used Hypnobabies, and she was born in 4 hours and I didn't really push..she just kinda came...It felt way better!!! I mean way better!!!, my third birth was an outdoor-home-birth and was about 2.5 hours.
Find out what you want to believe and make up your mind. One method just says that you can have an easy, comfortable birth and the other one kinda doesn't.
The Hypnobabies YouTube Playlist:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE26AA13B47ED8DA8&feature=view_all
The Bradley Method Playlist:
Hello! My name is Linda. I am a Doula CD(DONA), Hypno-Doula, Childbirth Educator, Midwife Assistant and a Registered Nurse (RN) by profession.