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Our HypnoBirthing® series consists of 5 classes taught over 5 weeks, with a total 12.5 hours of instruction. We prioritize creating an intimate experiential learning environment, that is inclusive, accessible and affirming. 

HypnoBirthing®, the Mongan Method is a complete childbirth education series. You will develop an understanding of the bio-physiology of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. You and your birthing partner will learn methods of rapid relaxation, fear release, visualization, affirmation, self hypnosis and breathing techniques to increase your comfort and confidence. You will have daily and weekly exercises to practice techniques so you can optimize their effectiveness in birth. You will have an opportunity to build community with other expecting folks and have your questions answered and resources shared.

We also offer private instruction. Please contact us for more information on private classes.

Below is an outline of the units covered in the series:

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 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
  • The birth companion’s role in birthing
  • Preparing your body for birthing 

Unit 3 – Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

  • Preparing Birth Preference Sheet
  • Preparing the body for birthing
  • Light Touch Labor Massage
  • Your body working for and with you
  • Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor
  • Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts

Unit 4 – An Overview of Birthing – A Labor of Love

  • Onset of labor – thinning and opening phase
  • Birth explained simply
  • Settling in at the hospital or birthing center
  • 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 the feed/nurse
  • Bonding with baby

We LOVED it. The content was great! I particularly liked that you had us watch those labor videos, because I would have never had the guts to do it. I have always been into hypnosis, and I really think it works, and is a perfect tool for labor. Changed our entire perspective—basically, thank goodness we found you guys. It was also just so nice to meet all the other couples. The whole thing was just really quite a pleasure and to be honest, I am sad it’s over!
— MaryLynne & Dan