Assisting Women In Labor Using HypnoBirthing®-The Mongan Method


Assisting Women in Labor Using HypnoBirthing®–The Mongan Method

Thank you for your interest in learning more about assisting mothers in birthing their babies safely, peacefully and comfortably with HypnoBirthing®.  We hope that the information presented here will be useful!


Fear, stress and tension have long been known to be associated with increased levels of pain as reported by patients.  Grantly Dick-Read, MD, described the “Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome” in the 1920s, and since that time obstetrical care providers have noted that education and stress management strategies have been effective in decreasing the level of pain reported by women in labor.


Hypnosis has been used effectively in the management of pain for over a century, but fell out of favor with the advent of safer, more effective analgesia/anesthesia.  Over the years, several studies have been undertaken to research the efficacy of hypnosis in childbirth.  A meta-analysis of these studies, “Hypnosis for Pain Relief in Labour and Childbirth: A Systematic Review,” appeared in the British Journal of Anesthesia in 2004.  The article states 


This report represents the most comprehensive review of theliterature to date on the use of hypnosis for analgesia duringchildbirth. The meta-analysis shows that hypnosis reduces analgesiarequirements in labour. Apart from the analgesia and anaestheticeffects possible in receptive subjects, there are three otherpossible reasons why analgesic consumption during childbirthmight be reduced when using hypnosis. First, teaching self-hypnosisfacilitates patient autonomy and a sense of control. Secondly,the majority of parturients are likely to be able to use hypnosisfor relaxation, thus reducing apprehension that in turn mayreduce analgesic requirements. Finally, the possible reductionin the need for pharmacological augmentation of labour whenhypnosis is used for childbirth, may minimize the incidenceof uterine hyperstimulation and the need for epidural analgesia.1


Obstetrical patients using self-hypnosis have been shown to have lower scores for pain associated with childbirth, shorter duration of both first and second stage labor, increased number of spontaneous births, decreased use of analgesia, anesthesia and labor augmentation and infants with higher average Apgar scores.


HypnoBirthingÒ teaches women to relax quickly and completely with uterine contractions, and to use visualization to help facilitate cervical effacement, dilation, and fetal descent.  Women and their birthing companions are taught that fear and tension lead to increased levels of catecholamines, which ultimately causes increased pain during labor.  The positive effects of visualization are thought to be similar to those achieved by athletes using mental imagery to prepare for competition.  Rather than using multiple types of breathing and imagery to distract the laboring woman from her discomfort, HypnoBirthingÒ allows a woman to become deeply focused upon the birthing process.

When in labor, a woman using this method is not asleep or unconscious, and is receptive to suggestions made by her birthing companion and others.  For this reason, references to pain, medications and procedures are best kept to a minimum.  Women using HypnoBirthingÒ will ask for analgesia or anesthesia if they need it.

HypnoBirthingÒ encourages the laboring woman to allow passive descent in second stage and to “breathe the baby down” with release of air as she “feels the urge.”  The HypnoBirthing method discourages Valsalva pushing, and beginning to push before the woman has the involuntary urge to do so.  Recent studies have shown few risks and some benefits in allowing the mother to “labor down” in second stage, allowing passive descent, as opposed to “pushing” as soon as cervical dilation is complete.   With passive descent, there are fewer fetal heart rate decelerations and less fetal acidosis. Maternal benefits include a shorter period of “pushing” and less fatigue.  Unless specifically instructed otherwise, women begin bearing down spontaneously when the fetal presenting part is well down in the birth canal; they will generally wait until the contraction peaks and then give a series of “mini-pushes” with air release.


HypnoBirthing® stresses that the goal is a gentle and safe birth for the baby.  Staying relaxed and focused upon her baby and the birthing process enables the birthing woman to remain calm and more comfortable.   Her companion(s) will help her to maintain this calm focus with music, dim lights, soft touch, and speaking words of encouragement.  They will also help her to remain well nourished and hydrated and assist her in moving about.  The companions will advocate for the mother and baby if interventions are suggested and help the woman to make informed decisions.


We find that, no matter what turn the labor and birth may take, most couples are very satisfied with their birthing experience.  Because they are calm and relaxed, they will feel empowered to make good decisions if interventions become advisable.

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 About HypnoBirthing®-The Mongan Method.

The HypnoBirthing® Childbirth method is as much a philosophy of natural childbirth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing birth.

HypnoBirthing® teaches you and your birth companion the art and joy of experiencing birthin a more comfortable manner. You will learn to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant, lessening or eliminating discomfort and the need for medication.

When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth with her mind and body in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well designed manner that it does with all other creatures.

HypnoBirthing® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it and how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and tension in muscles.

HypnoBirthing® will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts so you birth fully aware and in control, but profoundly relaxed.

• How to achieve a safer, easier and more comfortable birth

• Techniques of deep relaxation to help you eliminate fear & tension

• How your body is naturally designed to conceive, nurture and birth your baby with

ease and comfort

• To create your body’s own natural relaxant for natural pain relief

• How you and your birthing companion can create a birthing environment that is calm,

serene and joyful

• Gentle birthing techniques that allow you to breathe your baby into the world, reducing the likelihood of vaginal tearing.


What HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education Classes Entail?

HypnoBirthing® offers you “Class” and so much more- 12 hours of tuition in 5 x 2.5hr classes.


Ø  Your own copy of the 302-page HypnoBirthing Text, HypnoBirthing– The Mongan Method

Ø  5 information-packed class meetings, helping you to understand why labor doesn’t have to hurt

Ø  5 professionally written scripts for your home practice

Ø  2 CDs for your relaxation, stress reduction, and bonding (Including the program cornerstone disk, Rainbow Relaxation)

Ø  Handouts for planning your Birth Preferences

Ø  A set of Birth Prompts for your birth Companion

Ø  Demonstration and practice in optimal birth positions

Ø  A free hypnotic session in building birth confidence and eliminating fears

Ø  A Guide to good pregnancy nutrition

Ø  Several deep relaxation techniques for use during birthing, plus

Ø  Well-paced instruction designed to build your confidence and help you to have a safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing

Ø  Special calm breathing methods for use throughout labor and during birthing

Ø  Small classes for personal attention

Ø  Body toning exercises and practice

Ø  The advantage and confidence of the Mongan Method reputation for top-quality birthing preparation


For further information on HypnoBirthing Classes please contact:

Amanda Bude

HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator/Midwife.

Ph: 0412 238 854 or