HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing® is not new, but rather a "rebirth" of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago. It was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920's, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour.
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony as they were designed to when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.
When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or asleep. What you will experience is similar to daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book, movie or staring into a fire.
You will be conversant and in good spirits, totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body's surges and your baby's progress. However you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will be able to determine the degree and the manner in which you will feel the surges. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body's natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict muscles and cause pain.
-Marie F. Mongan