What is HypnoBirthing® – the Mongan Method?

HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method was developed 18 years ago in the United States of America by hypnotherapist and hypno-anaesthesiologist Marie Mongan, and is a childbirth method that uses hypnosis to eliminate pain and fear from the birthing experience.

The method is based on the work of English obstetrician and founder of the Natural Childbirth Trust, Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. In the early 1900s Dick-Read noticed that women who were calm and had positive expectations of their birthing, tended to experience less pain than women who were frightened.

He came to realise that their fear created tension, which caused their muscles to tighten, resulting in a more difficult labour. Mongan combined Dick-Read’s ideas and her own knowledge as a hypno-anaesthesiologist to create ‘HypnoBirthing®’.
With the aid of self-hypnosis, a woman can bring her body into a state of deep relaxation in which the body’s muscles can work the way they’re meant to during childbirth.

How does HypnoBirthing® work, and what are the benefits?