What is HypnoBirthing®?
HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing is not new, but rather a “rebirth” of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing.
The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.
Techniques & Benefits
The overall effect of practicing HypnoBirthing techniques is that birthing parents are better able to appreciate the benefits of calm, gentle birthing, making the experience a joyful one for mother, baby, and birth companion—benefits that can last a life time.
Contemporary women in our culture hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth, too often associating it with excruciating pain, thereby causing their bodies to become unable to perform what should be a normal physiological function. HypnoBirthing is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education enhanced by self‑hypnosis and guided imagery techniques that allow women to use their natural abilities to bring about safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing.
HypnoBirthing techniques teach women how to release all prior programming about birth to free herself of limiting thoughts and emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and resistant muscles. When giving birth with HypnoBirthing, a mother is not in a trance or asleep but instead in a state of deep relaxation—awake, aware, and fully in control.
In a series of five confidence-building classes, they learn what makes labor hurt; but more importantly, they learn the logic behind why labor doesn’t have to hurt and what they can do about it. Moms and their birth companions study the physical and chemical changes that occur over a period of time when fear and anxiety are allowed to accumulate. This awareness of the fight, flight, or freeze response helps them to choose calm. They practice HypnoBirthing techniques in class, designed to help them see the relationship between fear and the possibility of pain. These exercises become life skills that also shore up their parenting skills. Armed with this knowledge, the pattern of calming techniques and steps that they learn helps them to create endorphins and avoid the effect of the negative hormones that cause their bodies to constrict, rather than open. - HypnoBirthing® Institute
HypnoBirthing is a comprehensive childbirth education course of 5 sessions, 2.5hrs each. Partner attendance is highly recommended. If you are single, you are encouraged to bring a birth companion, friend or doula.
Course Investment: $700. Includes HypnoBirthing book, relaxation recordings, paper materials and flexible scheduling. I offer private classes my home office.
Course Investment: $650. Includes HypnoBirthing book, relaxation recordings & paper materials. If you need to miss a class, I offer make-up classes for $150, held in my home office.
JUNE/JULY Class schedule:
Wednesday evenings 7pm-9:30pm - June 5, 12, 19, 26 & July 10 *Please note we do not meet the week of July 4th. (1 spot left)
The class location is wheelchair accessible and near the following trains: B,D,F,M (Broadway-Lafayette), A,C,E (West 4th), N,R,W (8th street) & 6 (Astor Place or Bleecker Street)
*The sooner you start the course, the more time you have to practice and condition your mind & body to relaxation.
FAQ 1: There are many hypnosis for birth programs available. How is HypnoBirthing different?
Many hypnosis programs contain similar elements to what you'll find in a HypnoBirthing class, but there's only one original program with all these tools and techniques. HypnoBirthing, the Mongan Method, is the original hypnosis for birth course and has over 25 years of amazing results. The HypnoBirthing Institute has been collecting data from HypnoBirthing couples for 25+ years, which is used to provide comprehensive training to HypnoBirthing educators. Thousands of couples have been able to experience a safer, easier, and more comfortable birth, thanks to HypnoBirthing.
FAQ 2: Do I need to take a separate childbirth education class?
No, HypnoBirthing is a comprehensive childbirth education course of 5 sessions, 2.5hrs each. In addition to preparing you for a safe and comfortable birth, HypnoBirthing classes discuss breastfeeding/bottle feeding and postpartum.
FAQ 3: I think I may want an epidural, can I still take the HypnoBirthing course?
Absolutely! HypnoBirthing isn't necessarily about not having any interventions but it's about avoiding routine and unnecessary ones being done to birthing people & their babies. It's ensuring that parents are active participants and advocates and are involved in the decision making process of any interventions that do happen.
The course emphasizes physiologic birthing, however the HypnoBirthing classes support all birthing plans. It is important to have comfort techniques and breathing exercises up until the point of getting an epidural. It is also vital to understand what the epidural entails & optimal timing if you want to avoid a cesarean and artificial chemicals.
FAQ 4: When should I start the course?
The earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to condition your body and mind to relaxation, and make sure your care provider respects your birthing preferences. I recommend starting the course around 12 weeks. You will not be turned away if you are farther along in pregnancy. People in all stages of pregnancy can benefit from the HypnoBirthing techniques.
FAQ 5: Can I bring my partner?
Yes, the HypnoBirthing course is designed to educate the person giving birth and their birth companion. In Class 4 we talk in detail about the importance of the role of the birth companion. If you are single you are encouraged to bring a friend, family member or doula- someone who will offer encouraging support :) .
A hypnotized person is not:
Unconscious or asleep
Submissive to another's will
In an errie trance state
Prone to reveal confidential information
A hypnotized person is:
A consenting participant
Fully in control
Aware of surroundings and what is happening
Below is an outline of the units covered in the HypnoBirthing® course.
UNIT 1 – BUILDING A POSITIVE EXPECTANCY
Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy
The history and culture of Birthing
Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birth
How nature perfectly designed bodies to birth
How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts
The vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing
Visualizing gentle births by viewing beautiful birthing videos
UNIT 2 – FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR BABY/PREPARING MIND & BODY
The remarkable mind of your newborn baby - prenatal bonding techniques
Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques
Breathing techniques for labor and birthing
Hypnotic relaxation and visualization
Selecting the right care provider
Preparing your body for birthing
Preparing Birth Preference Sheet
Light Touch Labor Massage
UNIT 3 – GETTING READY TO WELCOME YOUR BABY
Your body working for and with you
Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor
Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts
Hypnotic relaxation and visualization
Onset of labor – thinning and opening phase
UNIT 4 – AN OVERVIEW OF BIRTHING – A LABOR OF LOVE
Birth explained simply
Settling in at the hospital, birthing center or home
The birth companion’s role in birthing
As labor moves along – passing time through labor
Hallmarks of labor
If labor rests or slows – companion’s prompts and activities
As labor advances – birthing with your baby
Protecting the natural birthing experience
Birth rehearsal imagery
UNIT 5 – BIRTH, BREATHING LOVE, BRINGING LIFE
Moving into birthing
Positions for descent and birthing
Breathing baby down to birth
Baby moves to feed/nurse
Bonding with baby