“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, HypnoBirthing® founder and creator, 1999

What is HypnoBirthing? What is HypnoBirthing®

HypnoBirthing® is for every expectant mum who wants to feel prepared, calm, confident and in control during pregnancy, labour and birth.   In choosing to use HypnoBirthing you will be hoping to

  • Bring your baby into the world calmly and gently, securing for them the very best start in life, whilst
  • Having a really satisfying, rewarding birth experience yourself and one that your partner will be able to actively participate in and share fully with you.

HypnoBirthing® (the Mongan method) is a complete birth preparation and education programme. It fully equips you and your birth partner with all the knowledge and techniques that you need in order to give birth in a calmer, gentler and much more comfortable way.

how hypnobirthing began How HypnoBirthing® Began: Its Origins and Growth

Parents who attend the  Birth Freedom HypnoBirthing courses are choosing the original, world-renowned HypnoBirthing® (the Mongan Method) programme.  In doing so, they can expect the very best from it. 

HypnoBirthing®- The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as a technique.

HypnoBirthing is based on the techniques of an English physician, Dr Grantly Dick-Read. He was the pioneer in the field of natural childbirth, and his principles are the foundation of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

HypnoBirthing® was devised by Marie Mongan, founder of the HypnoBirthing® Institute in New Hampshire, USA. She used the basis of the programme to birth her four children in 1950s America - quite a feat in those days! Since its inception in the late 1980s, many thousands of babies in the UK and worldwide have been born using this calm, gentle, natural way of birthing.

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Why do we need HypnoBirthing? Why do we need HypnoBirthing®?

The birth of your baby marks the beginning of motherhood. Birth should be a relaxing and joyful event... shouldn't it?

Yet we have been conditioned all our lives to believe that labour and birth is an extremely painful experience with emphasis on what can go wrong rather than what can go right. These fears and negative expectations of birth, so deep rooted in our minds, automatically cause our bodies and birthing muscles to tense up during labour and birth, creating the severe pain and thus often difficult and  long drawn-out labours and births.

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So, can HypnoBirthing® really change things for the better? If so, how?

Unlike regular ante-natal classes and other birth hypnosis programmes which focus on methods to mask the pain, HypnoBirthing teaches how and why severe pain does not have to be the experience of normal women during normal labour and birth.

How HypnoBirthing works How HypnoBirthing® works

In your first HypnoBirthing class you will learn how,when the mind and body are sufficiently relaxed, the woman's birthing  muscles work together as they are designed to.  In this way,the body is free to function in the same well-designed way that it does for all other creatures during the labour and birth of their offspring.  This is a far more preferable scenario than the one where the mind is fearful or anxious and the body tense, resulting in these same birthing muscles constricting and working against eachother.

The very unique HypnoBirthing® programme of birth and parenting education combined with learning and practising several key techniques (including special breathing, instant and deep relaxation techniques enhanced by self-hypnosis) will fully prepare your mind and condition your body to create firstly a very positive expectation and then a very positive experience of labour and birth.  Supported by your birth partner, Hypnobirthing empowers you with the confidence and tools to enable

  • you to expect and enjoy a very  relaxed, much more comfortable birth;
  • your baby/babies to experience a calm, gentle journey into the world.

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HypnoBirthing Benefits: Why is it so good? HypnoBirthing® Benefits: Why is it so good?

HypnoBirthing® is known to be hugely beneficial to mums, babies and birth companions.  The benefits identified have been established from the outcomes of clinical trials and from first-hand experiences of using HypnoBirthing as reported by many thousands of parents both in the UK and across the world.

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 What does the 'Hypno-' in HypnoBirthing mean? What does the 'Hypno-' in HypnoBirthing® mean?

You may be wondering at this point "Does HypnoBirthing mean that I will be hypnotised?"

The HypnoBirthing® techniques taught as part of the programme include hypnosis to enable mums-to-be to achieve a deepened state of relaxation that is the ideal state of mind and body to experience a calm, easier and more comfortable birth. We all come in and out of hypnotic states, naturally, several times each day when daydreaming, for example or when absorbed in a good book.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and in HypnoBirthing, the reality could not be further removed from the silly antics of people supposedly "under hypnosis" in stage hypnotism. With HypnoBirthing, you will be fully aware and in control whilst being profoundly relaxed, a highly beneficial state for pregnancy, labour & birth.

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The benefits of using hypnosis to assist labour and birth has been identified in numerous clinical trials and from anecdotal evidence from hypnobirthing parents monitored by the HypnoBirthing® Institute.
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 Our HypnoBirthing Experiences Next: " Our HypnoBirthing® Experiences"
Read real-life Birth Stories and Testimonials from HypnoBirthing Mums and their Birth Partners
.  Proof once again that HypnoBirthing® really works! 

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