Saw some interesting thoughts over on the Tom Cruise thread about birthing methods. I would say that this hypnobirth is very much like Lamaze which you mention next in your post. It really is a matter of how you want to view labor. I've had 5 children. My last two natural, one c-section and my first two with a spinal block because of complications. I used lamaze throughout all 5 labors. I saw it not as pain and fear but as work and joy. I think we've made the natural process of birthing too complicated and fearful in our "civilized sophistication". Use to be and still occurs in some primitive cultures: A woman just squats, contracts, cuts ambilical cord, rests, cleans baby, nurses baby, puts baby in sling in front and continues to work. It was all a part of the natural ebb and flow of life. I think nature demands a certain amount of struggling for new life to emerge into the world. Take a look at the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Without the struggle out of the chrysalis, the blood is not moved into the wings and the butterfly cannot unfurl the wings at all. It is an amazing thing to watch the butterfly emerge out of its chrysalis. It is a definite fight and struggle. Feeling so sad for its struggle the chrysalis was gently cut to make it easy for the butterfly to emerge. The wings stayed crumpled and could not unfurl. It was quite a heartwrenching experiment for my children to see one survive and one die.. die at the hands of "gentleness". I find this in my own experience a bunch of hogwash! I will concede that maybe having only 5 children instead of 100 does not represent a large enough study group, but I just sometimes find some of these claims, studies and new "elightenment" to be a twisting and complication of something so basic and elementary that I have to ask myself, "Why in the hell do people seek to make things more complicated than they really are?" I do not see how the way one is birthed can change mankind's genetics and predispositions so greatly that the world would be a better place. The heart of mankind must be changed for the world to be a better place. Passivity can be as bad as aggression in the natural world. We should take note, in my opinion. That's a good question!!!! Ah, well. The woman really shouldn't have such hysterics. For me any hysterics (defined as intense conflicting emotions) really was just an overwhelming awe of the birth of such a beautiful creation as a child. I think men have their own quiet hysterics in the whole ordeal as they watch with their own conflicting emotions.