What is it?

What is HypnoBirthing®?

HypnoBirthing® was founded by Marie Mongan in 1989- Celebrating 28 years of positive birthing. HypnoBirthing® teaches women and their partners to reconnect with their natural ability to birth free from fear.

With certified educators in 46 countries around the world, HypnoBirthing® Mongan Method empowers and educates birthing couples over a comprehensive five week antenatal course. It is designed especially to serve the 95 per cent of families whose pregnancies fall into the normal, low or no risk categories.

HypnoBirthing® is a rewarding, relaxing, stress-free method of birthing that is based on the belief that when a mother is properly prepared for birthing physically, mentally, and spiritually, she can experience the joy of birthing her baby in an easier, more comfortable way.

HypnoBirthing® teaches a woman how to release all prior programming about birth to free herself of limiting thoughts and emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and resistant muscles. When giving birth with HypnoBirthing®, a mother is not in a trance or asleep but instead in a state of deep relaxation- awake, aware, and fully in control.

The ideas behind HypnoBirthing® are not new. In London in the 1920s Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an English Obstetrician, first introduced the concept of natural birthing by eliminating tension and fear. Following on from Dr Dick-Read's work, HypnoBirthing® teaches you that in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to accompany labour.

Read our article "Calm mind, happy birth", May 2014 in the Centralian Advocate

Read our article "Birth's got hypnotic hold", July 2014 in the Centralian Advocate

The HypnoBirthing® Advantage

  • Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate tension and thereby reduces or eliminates discomfort or pain. 
  • Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs.
  • Often shortens the first phase of labour.
  • Leaves mother alert, fresh and awake with energy.
  • Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing.
  • Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labour.
  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birthing for themselves and their baby.
  • Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing.
  • Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting.
  • Reduces postnatal discomfort with breathing techniques.
"When you change the way you view birth, your birth will change"
Marie F. Mongan, 1999.

Research Supporting the HypnoBirthing® Advantage

Data provided by the HypnoBirthing® Institute, between 2005-2010 indicates that:

  • 77% of HypnoBirthing® mothers who birthed vaginally did so without epidural anaesthesia.
  • 45% of HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed in under eight hours.
  • 17% of mothers birthed via C-section, compared with the national average of 32%.
  • 9.5% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in the comfort of their homes (national average is less than 1%).
  • 6% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in freestanding birth centres (national average is less than 1%). 
"My dream is that every woman everywhere will know the joy of a safe, satisfying birth, for both her herself and her baby”
Marie F. Mongan 1999