I’ve officially finished the main self-study course and I’m now in maintenance mode! Week six’s reading assignments are about learning about newborn care and how to navigate some of the choices you have to make as new parents. I was particularly impressed with the chapter on setting boundaries with guests. It was nice because I sometimes feel like I’m being overly strict with the boundaries we’ve decided on for our families and visitors, but the course actually went further in some cases, such as letting visitors who are coming to “help” know that the one thing they don’t get to “help” with is taking care of the baby. No, you’re not “helping” by offering to hold the baby while I take a shower, unless I specifically ask you to. Anyway, our baby will have two involved parents and my husband can always hold his child while I take a shower, and vice versa.
The course reading also went into some specifics about breastfeeding technique, which I appreciated. I probably should look more into classes on breastfeeding, as I know it doesn’t always come naturally, but I have a wealth of available resources, including lactation consultants at both the hospital and our pediatrician’s office, as well as doulas who will be making a postpartum visit and are lactation consultants, plus several friends who have breastfed successfully and can share their tips (such as making sure to always have massive quantities of water on hand to drink).
There were two new hypnosis tracks, plus a new practice track, but rather than doing a new track every other day, this week’s tracks switched to the maintenance schedule, which is a different track every day, sampled among the various tracks that were used throughout the course. It’s nice because this is the schedule I will now follow for the rest of the course. We’re also supposed to keep doing the mini-script exercise. Technically, you’re supposed to have your birth partner read the script every other day, but we only managed it once this week. That said, given that we’ve had early success getting through the scripts, I think we’re doing fine. The two new hypnosis tracks are “Fear-Clearing” and “Visualize your Birth,” plus the “Maintenance Techniques Practice.”
This track helps you put a voice to any specific fears you’re feeling and then visualize releasing them. It’s very relaxing and I like the way it prompts you to deal with just one thing that is worrying you. You can do the track as often as you want and choose a different fear each time. Honestly, this would have been a great track to have from the beginning of pregnancy because it’s not specific to fears just about childbirth.
Visualize your Birth:
This track walks you through your birthing time, kind of like a mental dry run of birthing your baby. Given how much media there is about the frantic and stressful nature of childbirth, it’s nice to have a calm walkthrough to help me feel prepared without feeling keyed up.
Maintenance Techniques Practice:
This is a master practice track that walks you through all the specific hypnosis tools learned throughout the course, including the finger-drop technique, turning your mental switch off, turning your switch to “center,” eyes-open hypnosis, pushing visualization, and the two hypnotic cue words “Relax” and “Release.” It’s a great way to keep these techniques in your mind so you remember to use them. I’m definitely finding it easier to internalize the cues and I’ve even been practicing using some of the cues and techniques when I feel certain kinds of discomfort in pregnancy.
Now that I’m officially done with the main course, I probably won’t be recapping every week, but I will check back in every so often to let you know how my maintenance is going. I’m still finding that it’s a bit of work to fit in all the hypnosis tracks I need to listen to every day, but as I progressed through the class, I realized how much good it was doing me, and I find myself wanting to make time for them, rather than stressing over how I’m going to fit them in.
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