I did the course and found it invaluable, but I agree, can be an expense. The Mary Mongam book underpinned the course, so it's worth getting to read as you'll have the same grounding and understanding of how best to prepare your mind and body for labour. Here is a link for amazon, some sellers apear to have this book in stock (with CD) for £4! Not bad! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hypnobirthin.../dp/0757302661
I did the class and found it very beneficial! It is worth checking to see if they have a sliding scale/if you can make some sort of arrangement. I was able to do my class for 1/2 price, as I made a deal with the instructor and traded some work. I know that many of the instructors are passionate about what they do, and are willing to work with you - maybe worth a try?
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