Natural birth questions...

I have 2 questions... I am planning a natural hospital birth using Hypnobabies. Are there any Mommy's on here that used the program? If so, what was your experience? Did you find it helpful? Would you recommend it?
2nd question... We can't afford a doula, but I have a family member that I adore and is the perfect combination of stubborn and supportive to help me have the birth I'm dreaming of. I wish we could afford a doula, but she'd make the perfect coach, since we can't. My question is, what kinds of things should I encourage her to do to help me? And what things did you find helpful or harmful for you in your births with your doula/coach/spouse?
Thanks in advance!


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