Peace... it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Hypnosis and imagery are simply forms of focused relaxation. These techniques promote a calm and peaceful environment for you and your baby. The self-hypnosis techniques you will learn connect the conscious and unconscious mind. We all experience aspects of imagery, hypnosis, and deep relaxation in our daily activities. Daydreaming is just one example of this.
—The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing® is not new, but rather embraces 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. This method of childbirth education 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 and comfortable birth. You will learn how to build upon your inner resources and develop your own
personal approach to labor, while being in charge of the process of hypnosis. You will find you sleep better, feel more relaxed and confident
about your pregnancy and birthing, and feel prepared to accept and care for your baby following birth.
Trained HypnoBirthing® educators are successfully teaching women and their birthing companions to trust birth and release all fear and
limiting thoughts. HypnoBirthing® practitioners can be found in 45 countries throughout the world.
HypnoBirthing® Class Format
HypnoBirthing® classes from blossom birth & baby are offered at the beautifully appointed office of Chrysalis Counseling Services PLLC, located in Old Town Mukilteo. The course is typically taught in the format of five 2 1/2 hour classes, weekly, or every other week. Childbirth instruction is private, held with only the mother-to-be and her birth companion of choice. Please note that your partner or birthing companion is welcome at the classes, but is not essential to learning the techniques.
HypnoBirthing® classes are offered on Friday mornings; exact dates will be scheduled with each family on an individual basis to best meet their personal needs. As all classes are taught privately, I have a limited number of offerings available at any given time, and therefore tend to book up a number of
months in advance; getting class dates set up early in your pregnancy is encouraged. I am happy to reserve dates up to six months before your preferred class start date in order to secure a time that will work for you, and to also give you time to arrange your schedule accordingly.
Included in the course fee is the HypnoBirthing® book and CD, and numerous informational handouts. The book and CD are sent
to course registrants upon receipt of an initial deposit to reserve the session times. Any questions you may have about this program, including class pricing, are always welcome. Please feel free to call or email for more information.
You will find that HypnoBirthing® . . .
- Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
- Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension, and thus pain
- Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby
- Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birth
- Leaves mother alert, awake, and energized
- Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
- Shortens the first phase of labor
- Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor
- Reduces and often eliminates the need for medications in birth
- Reduces the need for episiotomy
- Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without forceful physical pushing
HypnoBirthing® Class Outline
Below are some of the topics you can expect to cover in each of your five HypnoBirthing® Sessions:
Building a positive expectancy
- Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing
- How Nature perfectly designed women's bodies to birth
- How the uterus works
- How fear affects labor
- How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts
- The vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing
Falling in love with your baby/preparing your mind and body
- The remarkable mind of your newborn baby
- Prenatal bonding techniques
- Breathing techniques for labor and birthing
- Rapid and instant relaxation techniques
- Hypnotic relaxation and visualizations
- Selecting the right care provider
- The Birth Companion's role in birthing
- Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning
Getting ready to welcome your baby
- Preparing Birth Preference Sheets
- Preparing the body for birthing
- Light Touch Labor Massage
- Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor
- Releasing negative emotions, fears, and limiting thoughts
Overview of childbirth - a labor of love
- Onset of Labor - the Thinning and Opening Phase
- Settling in at the hospital or birthing center
- Preparing for home birth - or baby's choice of birth
- As labor moves along - passing time through labor
- Hallmarks of labor
- If labor rests or slows - Birth Companion's prompts and activities
- As labor advances - birthing with your baby
- Protecting the natural birthing experience
- Birth rehearsal imagery
Birthing - breathing love, bringing life
- Moving into birthing
- Positions for descent and birthing
- Breathing baby down to birth
- Baby moves to the breast
- Family bonding with your baby
HypnoBirthing® mothers are making
informed choices and creating change
- In 2007 15.5% of US HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed via C-Section, compared to the national average of 32%
- 12% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in the comfort of their homes. The national average is less than 1%.
- 6% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in freestanding birth centers. The national average is less than 1%.
- Over 70% of HypnoBirthing® mothers birthing vaginally had unmedicated births.
We believe that every woman has within her the power to call upon her natural instincts to bring about the best possible birthing for her baby and herself.
— Marie F. Mongan, Founder of the HypnoBirthing® Institute