What is HypnoBirthing?
For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the stories of their painful birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with birth; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension often prevents them from easily performing the normal, physiological function of birth. The result?—exactly what they feared most–long, painful, disappointing births.
HypnoBirthing® is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. This amazing program teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. You will learn how to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen, or even eliminate, discomfort and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when mind and body are in harmony, Nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all animal mothers in Nature.
You will be fascinated as you view HypnoBirthing® films, showing laboring mothers, awake, alert and in good humor as they experience the kind of gentle birth that you, too, can know when you are free of the fear that causes pain and tension. Through self-hypnosis, special breathing, and visualization, HypnoBirthing® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and unyielding muscles.
HypnoBirthing® will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. With HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep state. You will be aware and fully in control, but profoundly relaxed.
About the Founder of HypnoBirthing®
Marie “Mickey” Mongan, founder of HypnoBirthing®, is an award-winning therapist with over 30 years’ experience in counseling and teaching on the college level and in the private sector. She holds several awards in hypnotherapy, including the National Guild of Hypnotists President’s Award and the coveted Charles Tebbetts Award. In 2005, she became the first woman ever to receive the Guild’s highest honor, the Rexford L. North Award.
Early in her career, she was named one of five outstanding educational leaders in New Hampshire. And, in 1992, she taught in Moscow as a diplomat for the Bridges for Peace Foundation.
She is the mother of four adult children, born in the mid-‘50s and early ‘60s, using the theories on which HypnoBirthing is based.
Her widely acclaimed book, HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method, is the textbook used in HypnoBirthing® classes.