Hypnobirthing is based on the hypothesis that normal birth has a natural rhythm and flow. That mother’s and baby’s bodies are perfectly designed to achieve a natural birth. When a woman trusts in her ability to give birth and when fear is absent, the muscles of the uterus like all other muscle groups of the body work in perfect synchrony and pain is diminished or even absent. Labour when left to unfold is quicker, more comfortable and even pain-free.
“We don’t promise births that are completely free of discomfort but we firmly believe that comfortable birthing is possible for 95 percent of birthing mothers through this philosophy and program”. MARIE MONGAN (founder of Hypnobirthing)
Fear or worry activates the body’s primal fight or flight causing the production of stress hormones. Tension in the mother’s body, creates resistance in the uterine muscles leading to pain, slowing or even stopping labour. The phenomenon was first identified as ‘fear tension pain syndrome’ in 1946 by prominent obstetrician Dr Dick Reid. Stress effects the unborn baby as stress hormones enter the fetal bloodstream via the placenta, altering the distribution of baby’s blood flow and causing fetal distress.
Relaxation supports the normal physiology of labour by inhibiting the fight or flight response and promoting the woman’s own production of hormones, principally endorphins.
You would not dream of doing a marathon without training. Why leave your birthing to chance? Learn everything you need to know about pregnancy and childbirth from a registered and experienced midwife. Take control of your pregnancy and be confident to make the best choice for you, your baby and your family. Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method is a complete antenatal education program with a registered midwife and much more.
Empowerment from within
Focusing on the mind-body-spirit connection you will learn to trust your own innate wisdom and your ability to achieve a healthy pregnancy and birth. You will learn to create the outcomes you desire and develop the confidence to achieve them.
Learn highly effective techniques to achieve a relaxed, uncomplicated pregnancy. Stress produces chemical reactions in the body which can lead to complications such as high blood pressure, P.E.T. and preterm labour. Through hypnosis you will learn to release the fears, worries and anxieties which cause stress.
Use deep relaxation techniques to help protect, support and nourish your baby. Catecholamines, the hormones produced by stress, can cause tension in your body and reduce the blood flow to your baby. They cross the placenta and can impede your baby’s growth (Intra Uterine Growth Retardation). Hypnobirthing babies have healthier growth rates and higher APGAR scores. Care providers report that hypnobirthing babies are of a very calm disposition, feed well and settle better.
Learn simple but powerful techniques to enhance the natural physiological process of labour. Labour has a natural rhythm and flow. Breathing and visualization techniques enable you to work with your body and your baby to enhance, rather than resist this process, resulting in significantly shorter first and second stages of labour.
Calm, Comfortable and even pain-free birth
Fears around pregnancy and childbirth lead to resistance in the body producing tension and unnecessary pain. This is referred to as the Fear Tension Pain Syndrome. When you are relaxed, let go of fear and trust in your ability to give birth, labour is calm, more comfortable and even pain free. Many women even enjoy their experience.
A hypnobirthing dad has a central and clearly defined role both leading up to and during birth. As a couple you will learn and practice hypnosis techniques. He too will learn to release any fears and anxieties as you prepare to birth your baby together. You will watch him grow in confidence as he learns valuable techniques to support you. Hypnobirthing women consistently report high rates of satisfaction with their partners in pregnancy and during birth.
Using HypnoBirthing during labor helps mums avoid exposing their babies to any pain medications. This leaves them alert for early feeding and gives them the best possible start in life
Confidence to avoid unnecessary interventions
By asking the right questions at the right time, HypnoBirthing families are often able to avoid interventions. In the event that intervention is necessary, hypnobirthing gives them confidence because they have knowledge of alternatives, and are often more satisfied with their birth experience as a result.
Calm in special circumstances
Ensure the best possible outcome for you and your baby. Learn techniques to keep you calm in the unlikely event that pregnancy or labour takes an unexpected pathway.
You will gain understanding of the laws of the mind and the power of your thoughts to create both positive and negative change in your life. This knowledge, along with the instant relaxation and deepening techniques taught in the course, are an invaluable tool for relieving stress in everyday life and helping you achieve optimal health.
Hypnobirthing recognizes the desire of all women to have a safe, gentle, and satisfying birthing experience for themselves and their babies. It promotes relationships: between mother and baby, between the mother and her partner and between baby and father. It is about empowering women from within and helping them to call upon and trust their natural birthing instincts.
The birthing partner has a pivotal role in the process. He is no longer an observer but an active participant, an advocate for the mother, a guide, a coach and above all a father.
“A gentle birth is the right of every baby and perhaps the best gift a mother can give to her baby”, Marie Mongan
Use hypnosis to prepare your mind and body for birthing. Draw on your own innate wisdom and your natural ability to achieve a safe pregnancy and birth. Learn techniques to keep you and your baby calm in any situation.