“When you change the way your view birth, the way you birth will change”
Empowering Women to Connect to Their Natural Instinctive Birthing Bodies
Have you ever heard these types of statements?
- Giving birth is painful
- It’s something you just have to get through
- Labor and childbirth is not something to look forward to
- You don’t need to tough it out. Just take the drugs
- It’d be great to just be knocked out and wake up with a baby
The women I teach in my HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method childbirth education classes, tell me they sure have! They hear these types of disempowering statements from well intentioned friends, family and even complete strangers. They find it interesting how people will readily share their “horror” stories when they see a pregnant woman!
Just like the majority of us, they’ve seen the movies that portray childbirth as extremely painful or comical and something to dread.
Anticipating pain and dreading bringing your baby into the world doesn’t sound like a great way to spend nine months! Yet, too often, this is the mass message that permeates our culture. It produces fear, stress and anxiety in expectant moms. This can often lead to complications in labor due to the physiological response fear and stress play out in birth, which, unfortunately, circles back to the belief that birth must be painful and something to fear.
When fear is present, tension in the body exists, which causes disharmony in the birthing muscles. This causes pain. It doesn’t have to be that way. Giving birth does not come with a guarantee of pain. Nor should it.
In fact, when labor is undisturbed, when mothers feel safe and secure, their primal instinctive brains kick in which allow their bodies to birth in a much more comfortable and easier manner.
When fear is absent, when the body is relaxed and there is trust in the process, there is no resistance. The birthing body can simply do what it knows how to do, allowing women to experience birth in a heightened aware yet relaxed and comfortable state. This produces a much more supportive environment and experience for mothers, their partners, and for the babies being born.
This is the premise and teachings of HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method.
Developed by Marie Mongan in 1989 and based on natural childbirth practices developed by English obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, HypnoBirthing® “The Mongan Method” teaches women and their partners how to replace the fear that causes tension and pain with a sense of joyful calm.
Employing self-hypnosis, specialized breathing techniques and positive visualization supports women in trusting their bodies and guides them through each stage of childbirth. The result is a more empowering and relaxed birth experience and a calmer, happier baby.
The HypnoBirthing® Advantage
- A safer birthing for mother and baby
- Shorter, more comfortable birthing
- A special, integral role for Birthing Companion
- Fewer incidences of need for medication
- Fewer breech presentations
- Fewer complications and easier resolution in the event of complication
- An awake, refreshed, and energized birthing mother
- A better outcome for mother and baby
- A calm, peaceful birthing environment
- Good natured babies who are better sleepers and eaters
- Happy parents who experience a serene, joyful birthing rather than a tense, stressful ordeal
I love watching my moms and their partners transform over the course of the 5-week series of classes. With the birth partners learning the tools to support their beloved in getting into their zones, and moms learning to relax, let go and go to that special place within where they communicate with their babies while envisioning their calm and peaceful births, the change in their expectations and perceptions becomes quite obvious.
It’s truly rewarding to share this childbirth method with women and couples wanting to have an empowering birthing experience.
Ally &Payton T. of Kirkland, WA share their Hypnobirthing experience:
“We can’t tell you how grateful we are for the tools that we learned through Hypnobirthing. We were able to have an uncomplicated, intervention free natural birthing process, it was everything that we wanted and hoped for.
My doctor kept telling me how great I was doing and her and the nurses were in awe of my focus. The nurse that came in at the 7pm shift change thought I had an epidural because I was just so quiet and focused. And at the end of it all she expressed that my birth was a really neat experience to be a part of. It feels so incredible to trust my body and what it could do, we are so thankful for your excellent class and instruction!”
Jackie Foskett, Certified Hypnotherapist, Stress Relief Specialist, Author & HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method Practitioner, has been teaching HypnoBirthing®, since 2000. She has been teaching at Evergreen Health Hospital in Kirkland, WA since 2002.
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