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What is HypnoBirthing®?

HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method is a complete childbirth preparation program. HypnoBirthing® teaches you to enter a totally relaxed state and allows you to experience the contractions of childbirth as pressure or tightening rather than pain.

HypnoBirthing® is based on a belief that childbirth does not have to hurt. Muscles doing their job properly do not hurt and the uterus is just one giant muscle. A labouring mother does not need to feel pain, as childbirth is a normal natural event. The cause of the pain usually felt in childbirth is psychological rather than physical.

These thoughts are not new. As early as the 1920s the obstetrician Grantly Dick-Reid described the Fear-Tension-Pain syndrome on which the HypnoBirthing® founder Marie Mongan has based the programme. When the woman’s body is free of fear and tension she is able birth easily without discomfort.

HypnoBirthing® combines self-hypnosis with powerful relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques. These techniques will help prepare your mind and body to create a calm and natural birth. You will learn to release any fear and anxiety you may have over your upcoming birth, or help overcome any fears you may hold over a previous traumatic birth.

Quite simply, HypnoBirthing® will teach you to look forward to the birth of your baby in a calm relaxed manner rather than in a state of fear and anxiety so you will be able to birth easily in the way nature intended. Women who have had complications or interventions look to HypnoBirthing® as a means of claiming back their birthright. You owe it to yourself to ensure that your baby and your birth are not compromised.

Benefits of HypnoBirthing®

There are many benefits to both mother and baby when using HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method.

  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby
  • Eliminates the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome that causes trauma and pain during pregnancy and birth
  • Reduces first stage of labour by several hours
  • Eliminates or greatly reduces the need for chemical painkillers
  • Reduces surgical intervention
  • Reduces fatigue so you can remain alert and energized
  • Reduces postnatal depression
  • Returns birthing to the beautiful, peaceful experience nature intended
  • The father or birth companion play an active role in the birth (see for Dads page)
  • Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
  • Babies are born gently into their new world and are reported to be calmer with improved sleeping and feeding patterns


“Thank you Stina, for giving us the knowledge for a calm and empowering birth. We recommend HypnoBirthing to everyone!!” Leah and Heath, Bell post Hill

Read more about what people in Geelong have said about HypnoBirthing® and read their wonderful birth stories

Read what you will learn during the HypnoBirthing® course.

About Our Founder

Marie “Mickey” Mongan, founder of HypnoBirthing®, is an award-winning therapist with over 30 years experience in counselling and teaching on the college level and in the private sector. She holds several awards in hypnotherapy, including the National Guild of Hypnotists President’s Award and the coveted Charles Tebbett’s Award. In 2005, she became the first woman ever to receive the Guild’s highest honour, the Rexford L. North Award. Early in her career, she was named one of five outstanding educational leaders in New Hampshire. And, in 1992, she taught in Moscow as a diplomat for the Bridges for Peace Foundation.

She is the mother of four adult children, born in the mid-‘50s and early ‘60s, using the theories on which HypnoBirthing is based.

Her widely acclaimed book, HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method, is the textbook used in HypnoBirthing® classes.

Since starting HypnoBirthing 25 years ago it has spread by word of mouth to more than 46 countries worldwide.

“My dream is that every woman, everywhere, will know the joy of a safe, satisfying birth for both her baby and herself—one she’ll not need to forget.”

Marie F. Mongan

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