HypnoBirthing®

HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques. HypnoBirthing® provides the missing link that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby. As a birthing method, HypnoBirthing® is as new as tomorrow and as old as ancient times.

Presented in a series of five, approximately 2.5 hour classes, semi-private classes in Topanga Canyon, CA. $500 per couple. Series available Saturday mornings 9:30am-12pm or Monday evenings 6pm-8:30pm. Full payment by check made out to peace tree healing due two weeks before first class. Credit card payments incur an extra $15 charge. Please call Hilary at 323-841-3606 for more details.

“Dear Hilary, Thank you for your support and guidance through the HypnoBirthing process. The course truly changed our birthing experience for the better. I felt so supported by my husband, my doula, the doctor, and the nurses. They all responded so well to our wish for a calm, quiet atmosphere for laboring and birthing. We are truly grateful for the many hours of preparation you spent with us. It paid off!” ~ AE, first-time Mom

“We had a great birthing experience. Many, many thanks again for everything. [Our son] was delivered successfully, and the HypnoBirthing® training was incredibly helpful during labor. We avoided induction, c-section, episiotomy, etc. [My birth companion] was the perfect partner. He helped me through the entire process and was there every step of the way–spraying me with floral waters and lavender flowers, holding my head and leg, and feeding me ice chips. The UCLA midwives and nurses were incredible. We are so glad that we took your classes.” ~ NR, first-time Mom

“Hilary, thank you for being such a great support in my birth preparation. Without your guidance I know I wouldn’t have been successful in having the natural birth that I wanted and received! HypnoBirthing® allowed me to fall asleep between each surge right up until I breathed the baby down. My doula and the nursing staff were amazed at this and said it’s the main reason why I survived 41 hours with such strength and grace. It’s a wonderful tool to have. You’ll be amazed at the inner strength you have to birth your baby. It’s truly an amazing experience.”  ~ CG, first-time Mom

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wisdom and support, Hilary. Because of the HypnoBirthing® classes that I took with you, I felt in control during the entire labor of my daughter. And I was able to focus on sending her full deep breaths of oxygen! Up until I pushed her out the nurses and everyone in the room was saying that I wasn’t in active labor yet!! The Imagery was also very helpful and so was the music and lavender oils that I brought with! My husband said I looked like I was sleeping! Oh, and my husband was awesome! He told all the nurses about following my lead and keeping the room calm, and made sure the doc didn’t clamp the cord! Thank you for the tools to feel confident throughout the whole process – even while I was induced and needed to be monitored the whole time! More women need to know about HypnoBirthing®!!” ~ One Happy Client

“No epidural :) I HypnoBirthed until the last 5 minutes! Thank you, Hilary, for all the tools. The doctors and nurses were quite amazed. They didn’t believe I was in active labor! I was walking in the hallway 10 minutes before she was born!”
~ ES, fourth baby VBAC with Induction

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What You Will Learn in HypnoBirthing
® Classes

Unit 1: Building A Positive Expectancy

• Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy
• The History of Women and Birthing
• Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing
• How Nature perfectly designed women’s bodies to birth
• How to assist, rather than resist, your natural 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 with massage and toning
Unit 3: Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

• Preparing Birth Preference Sheets
• 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
• 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 – 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 breast
• Family bonding with your baby

Birth isn’t something we suffer but something we actively do and exult in! Sheila Kitzinger

“It’s probably a common perception that the hypnosis is a still, non-moving pose but this reflects more of the prep done at home (listening to the cd tracks etc) when you are training your mind to be able to slip into a focused and relaxed place. During birth we want moms to incorporate the relaxed mind and allow their bodies to move any which way they like. Positions are definitely a big part of the curriculum. In fact the classes involve movement and a “dress rehearsal” in which you match the breathing techniques and helpful relaxation cues while being on the birth ball, in squats, lying, sitting, receiving hip squeezes, lunging etc. HypnoBirthing encourages changing positions (walking, slow dancing, straddling a chair, spiraling the hips) as it all helps baby and mom during their unique birthing dance. Birth Companions have a definite role to play – reading prompts, helping mom in and out of positions, watching their breathing etc and end up feeling confident about how they can best assist – the classes are a lot of fun and yes we cover the stages of labor and what to ask folks at the hospital (ahead of time – on a tour ideally). It’s nice to meet 5 times as a lot of information can be assimilated, practiced, and the hypnosis we do in class builds confidence too. I look forward to working with you!” Hilary

Click for an article on a three year old’s memory of her own birth: here.

I have included this TED talk below as it demonstrates more on our body-mind connection. As Amy Cuddy says, “Fake it till you become it.” In HypnoBirthing® it would be, “Practice it till you become it.” Enjoy :)

Official HypnoBirthing® You tube channel!

Course and Practitioner Evaluation Survey (English)

Parents HypnoBirthing® Birth Report Survey (English)

Doctor Tan EE Ping from Malaysia shares:

“I have had more than 10 HypnoBirthing® patients so far. The differences that I observed are:

1. Patients are very calm during labour. No cry or scream, unlike those given pethidine or entonox. 
2. Some of the patients were induced with oxytocin or prostin but they were still very calm and do not require any other methods of pain relief. 
3. Second stage is without active pushing but big babies can also be born easily. My biggest HypnoBirthing® baby delivered was 3.8 kg, first baby. No active pushing. Just breathe down. It’s amazing. Without HypnoBirthing®, most patients would push for hours and may need vacuum or forceps due to maternal exhaustion.
4. Patients are very fresh and alert after giving birth because they were at deep relaxation state throughout the whole labour process. So, they are very keen for immediate bonding, skin to skin and breastfeeding. Patients without HypnoBirthing® are usually very tired and exhausted and usually spend limited time on bonding and breastfeeding.
5. HypnoBirthing® babies are also alert and very keen to breastfeed immediately after birth unlike those with no HypnoBirthing®, many babies are sedated and often not keen to breastfeed.
6. Most HypnoBirthing® patients can spend the next few hours breastfeeding because both mother and baby is fresh and alert. I have observed that these babies have less problems breastfeeding over the next few days. Unlike the non HypnoBirthing® babies, they can be sedate for the next few days because pethidine takes 72 hours to eliminate from the baby. So, babies sleepy most of the time and with no stimulation, the mother takes more days to establish breastfeeding.
7. Breathe down method of birth also reduce the chance of episiotomy and less tearing because the baby descend slowly and allow more time for the perineum to stretch.
With every HypnoBirthing® patient I have, I am amazed by the advantages of HypnoBirthing®. This is definitely one method of birth that I would teach my daughter.”