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What is HypnoBirthing?

HypnoBirthing® helps women have safer, easier, and more comfortable birth experiences. Women learn to relax and feel confident in their ability to give birth, and this is facilitated by education, relaxation, different breathing techniques, visualization, affirmations, and attention to nutrition and exercise.

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”

- Marie F. Mongan

HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method, is the original HypnoBirthing® program. It was founded in the US by Marie Mongan in 1989, and has since grown to be an International movement. Marie Mongan was a teacher, a hypnotherapist, and a mother of four. She made the connection between natural childbirth and self-hypnosis, which helped inspire her to create a program that would help women change the way they view birth, and ultimately, how they experience birth.

We often believe that birth is always accompanied by excruciating pain, and that the female body is destined to fail, unable to perform this most natural, physiological function which the female body in fact has been performing since the beginning of time. The HypnoBirthing® program helps bust some of the common myths and beliefs surrounding birth, and educates women and their partners on how the birthing body works and what is actually normal and natural in birth. With the right knowledge, women can learn to trust their bodies and their ability to make the right choices, and approach birth with confidence. 

HypnoBirthing® is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. It is based on tried and proven methods, and the premise that pregnancy and birth, in the absence of special circumstances, are natural and healthy events. It takes into account both the physical and mental well-being of the mother, the baby, and the birth partner, and helps parents feel confident to make the right decisions and prepare for the safe, calm, and beautiful birth they want to have. This is independent of context, whether the birth will take place at home, in a hospital, or in a birth center.

Through a well thought out program of deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, special breathing techniques, visualizations, affirmations, and education, HypnoBirthing® returns to a woman the art of birthing in a way that allows her to summon her natural birthing instincts and to birth her baby safely and with ease.

The HypnoBirthing® Advantage:

  • Eliminates the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome

  • Reduces, often eliminates, the need for chemical anesthesia, episiotomy, and other interventions

  • Lessens fatigue during labor, leaving the mother fresh, awake, and energized as she brings her baby into the world

  • Often shortens labor by hours and allows the birthing mother to utilize the natural pulsations of her body to breathe her baby down to the crowning stage, rather than pushing for a long, exhausting period.

  • Reduces risk of pelvic floor damage

  • Brings the mother, the baby, and the birthing partner together in a wonderful prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal bonding experience

  • The birthing partner is an integral part of the birth, not an onlooker

  • Gentle birth leads to easier emotional and physical post-partum recovery

  • Babies are better adjusted and happier

  • Birthing is returned to the safe, beautiful, peaceful experience that nature intended

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