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Hypnobirthing: The breakthrough natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing - The Mongan Method, 3rd Edition [Paperback]

Marie Mongan
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May 24 2005

"Move over, Lamaze. HypnoBirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of labor."
-Time Magazine

HypnoBirthing®: A Celebration of Life 

Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.

In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. She proves through sound medical information that it is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and that when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain.

HypnoBirthing is nature, not manipulation. It relaxes the mind in order to let the body work as it is designed. The HypnoBirthing exercises—positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing and physical preparation—will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy, even if you are currently unsure of an intervention-free birth. Your confidence, trust and happy anticipation will in turn lead to the peaceful, fulfilling and bonding birth that is your right as a mother.

More than 10,000 happy couples have had their lives changed for the better by HypnoBirthing. More than 500 news organizations—including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline, The Richard & Judy Show, Time, Newsweek, Parenting and Better Homes & Gardens—have joined the movement for better birthing.

Why is HypnoBirthing changing the way the world gives birth? That's simple. Because it works.


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About the Author

Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy., is a life-long educator, former college dean, clinical hypnotherapist, and Director of the Hypnobirthing Institute. She is the recipient of the 1995 National Guild of Hypnotists President's Award and received the coveted Charles Tebbetts Award in 2000 for the recognition she has brought to hypnotherapy. Ms. Mongan lives in New Hampshire, but spends much of her time on the road training new instructors in the techniques of hypnobirthing. She is the mother of four adult children, all born using the techniques upon which hypnobirthing is based.

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Preparing women for birthing by educating them in the true physiology of labor was the backbone of Dick-ReadÆs work. For many women who were preparing for natural birthing in the 1950s, that appeal to their intellect was enough to make them break with traditional attitudes and bring their children into the world unmedicated and alert. It was simpler then. Most babies came into the world with the assistance of the family doctor, a person who was probably known to the birthing mother since she, herself, was a child. While women did not expect that birth would be a picnic, they were not terrified of the experience, and families of three or four children were not uncommon. Free of debilitating fear, they often were able to bring their babies to crowning with little fuss, and were anesthetized only in time for the doctor to arrive and extract the baby with forceps. Those who subscribed to the philosophy of natural birth were free of fear, free of anesthesia and, for the most part, free of the discomfort of labor.

If you are like most pregnant women, you will find that as you move through these days and months of pregnancy, you will be met with a whole new set of feelings, anxieties, doubts, questions, decisions and tasks that you never had to consider before. Some of these will center on your pregnancy, labor and birthing, but there may be more that will cause you to look at the many transformational experiences that bringing a baby into your life will present. This is natural. As you prepare your mind and body for your babyÆs birth, you will want to be ready in this regard alsoùfree of any fears, reservations or limiting thoughts.

ItÆs helpful for both you and your partner to be able to identify feelings, experiences or recollections that may be painful or hurtful, thus limiting your ability to approach birthing free of harmful emotions. Take a look at those emotions that may foster a feeling of uneasiness, meet them head-on and release any conflict you may be harboring (consciously or subconsciously) because of them. Once you have been able to work through and resolve lingering emotions, limiting thoughts, experiences or memories that could stand in the way of an easy birthing, you will have a better sense of your own ability to approach the birth of your baby with trust and confidence.

Thoroughly search your inner feelings to discover the areas that you feel very confident about and those that you need to work through so that you can resolve any fears or misgivings that you are holding. Brushing aside matters that concern you may help you to get through your pregnancy, but these concerns can easily surface as fears when you are in labor, and they can affect the course of your labor. You will want to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with your partner, your birthing companion or a good friend who can help you explore and discuss any thoughts that could be troubling you.

Your HypnoBirthing practitioner will help you inventory and identify those areas of your life that could possibly serve as obstacles. The practitioner will help you work with fear-release sessions in class. If you still feel you need some assistance in releasing lingering fears after you do the sessions in class and talk with your partner and friends, ask your practitioner for a private session. If you are not able to work with a trained practitioner, you may find it helpful to seek the counsel of a hypnotherapist to do release work with you. A fear release hypnotherapy session is truly one of the most effective ways of eliminating toxic emotions.

Listed below are just a few areas of concern to pregnant women that surfaced in the early nineties as a result of Dr. Louis Mehl-MadronnaÆs study on turning breech babies with hypnosis. Your own inventory may reveal other issues that you would like to resolve.

  • Your own birthùWhat stories have you heard about your own birth? Are they positive and encouraging, or negative and frightening? Do you feel that you will duplicate your motherÆs labor? If what youÆve been told is less than encouraging, you might want to work on establishing that you are not your mother, and this is not her pregnancy. You are an entirely different person at a different time and under different circumstances.
  • OthersÆ birth storiesùHave you been surrounded with stories of joyful birthing, or have family members impressed upon you ôfamily patternsö of long labors, back labor, severe pain and medical intervention? Again, you do not need to assume the experiences of the people who are relating these stories. There is no reason to believe that you will birth as they did. Work at checking those kinds of thoughts so that you donÆt bring their past baggage into your birthing.
  • Previous laborsùHas your own experience with labor been easy and satisfying, or are you carrying recollections of an arduous ordeal? If you had a less than satisfying labor, take hope in the fact that you are better prepared for an easier birth this time, and you now can approach birthing with more knowledge and planning than you did before. Make your HypnoBirthing skills work for you, and get rid of the memories of the previous birth or births.

¬2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Hypnobirthing:The breakthrough natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing - The Mongan Method, 3rd Edition Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.



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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By L Bell
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I saw the hypnobirthing technique featured on an episode of Dateline and was so impressed that I never forgot it. 5 years later, when I was pregnant, this was the required textbook for my hypnobirthing course. I could have saved $220 by just buying the book as I found it more informative than my course! The book guides you through relaxation techniques for the kind of birth that nature intended - natural, drug free and without intervention. Marie Mongan explains exactly how fear entered into the birthing experience and how fear is the cause of the tension and pain experienced during labour. Using the techniques described in the book and the guided relaxation CD included with the book, I was able to deliver my first child naturally and without drugs in 7 hours. I truly believe that this technique helped me reach my natural birthing goals and led to a healthy delivery for both me and my baby as well as an easier recovery postpartum. My only complaint about the book would be that because it is written to a broad audience it discusses the obstacles you may face in seeking a relaxed birthing experience. I worried greatly that I may have to argue with medical staff, worries that were unfounded. I believe that in Canada, doctors and nurses have come a long way in understanding that in order for a woman to have an easier birth, she must feel respected. I did not face challenges in using hypnobirthing, I was instead praised by the doctors and nurses during and after my delivery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience. Nov. 14 2010
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I had my first child in 2008 with a traumatic labour and delivery. I had no idea what to do and fought my way through it terrified of what i was experiencing. Fighting it made it last longer. Tensing up made it more painful. All things I wanted to avoid when I gave to my second child this past summer. I did my research and read this book. Realized I didn't need to fear birthing because my body could do this on it's own. I had an amazing birth the second time around. I was actually laughing during the pushing phase because I was so relaxed and enjoying giving birth. This book helped prepare my mind for the amazing things my body can do. I didn't need pain medication, my labour was shorter and it was a completely different experience than the first. I definitely recommend this book for anyone that wants to get away from the "flat on your back, medicated procedure" and enter into an amazing birthing experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 30 2014
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Great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended June 23 2014
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After reading this book and doing the meditations I had the most amazing labour and delivery. I didn't even recognize I was in early labour and was able to walk the dog and cook dinner. The technique truly works. I recommend this book to all my pregnant friends.
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With both my wife and I coming from a kinesiology / health background with a good understanding of the human body and how it works, this book makes A LOT of sense. It also explains what my wife was going through and the pain she was feeling when her last birth turned into a full medical monty induction / c-section.
For people looking for a methodology to get them through their labour, I would recommend this book. Women were made to birth, free from fear and pain. I can appreciate medical intervention, but only as needed for the 2-5% of deliveries that have major issues. Fingers crossed, that this book and the hypnobirthing class we are attending in our city will be EXACTLY what my wife needs to have a successful VBAC. The visualization and breathing exercises are great for other future parts of life - getting to sleep easier, relieving stress, re-energizing, etc. Wish we had this resource last time, it would have saved us from so many issues and would have likely resulted in a more calm child after birth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good ...will update after baby Dec 20 2013
By Bamazon
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I've been reading this book and figured I'd just apply what I read.
I decided to actually take the class last minute and it has been such an invaluable investment so far. You get so much info from this book and the classes really offer more and really open your eyes in to truly understanding, implementing through doing.
Additional material is provided in the class. I highly recommend the class.

I am due in March 2014 and will update this review on how Hypnobirthing affected my experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very empowering book Nov. 26 2013
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Because of being scared of having a cesarean I had been getting terrible dreams of birth. Being afraid of the C-section I wasn't confident at all that I am able to birth my baby naturally. Also having tons of people tell me their terrible stories and pretty well tell me "just take the drugs, it hurts and you won't be able to bear it" really put a damper on my confidence in myself. This book helps you push other peoples comments aside, and believe that those woman were only misinformed about birth and don't realize it doesn't need to be painful. This book helps you realize that you are made to do this, and fear is the only thing holding us back from easy birth. All my bad dreams have melted away, my dreams only consist of a easy painless labor, rather than my baby being taken from my body forcefully now. I haven't delivered my baby yet, but am completely confident that my body will be able to do it with minimal pain and effort. Braxton hicks used to make me keel over in pain, and now I know how to breath through them and no one can even tell that I may be a little uncomfortable for a minute. Good luck mama's! We we're made to do this, let's show the doctors that birth doesn't have to be painful, we don't need to be offered drugs right away and take back control over the birth of our baby's :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing.
GREAT BOOK~ I highly recommend for anyone who wants a peaceful, quiet, calm and empowering birth. Don't give up. If you think you can't do it, read the entire book, and you can!
Published 10 months ago by Shanthi Vadnais
3.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing view
The theory is wonderful... I didn't finish reading the book before my daughter arrived, but the relaxation cd did help me to have a few of the best sleeps of my pregnancy!
Published 10 months ago by Jessy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
My sister had recommended this book to me while I was pregnant so I gave it a read. It comes across as preachy and makes you feel that you are wrong to chose drugs in labour.
Published 10 months ago by Jayne
2.0 out of 5 stars Was not for me but still has some interesting points
Since becoming pregnant I have read a couple books and this one was the one I liked the least. I found the material and writing style to be very poor in comparison to the other... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Snikdow
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't take the class
I didn't take the class, just read the book. Now it did help some, with my natural birth at home. I had a very easy going labor and birth, I wasn't under hypnosis but I was relaxed... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R&T Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great info on fear and pain in labour
I really enjoyed the first section of this book that talked about fear and pain. Makes toal sense to me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I was terrified of giving birth before I read this book, but now I feel inspired and confident that it may not be the horrible experience I had thought.
Published 18 months ago by Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have a positive outlook!
Very Helpful, could use a few more scripts to follow on the CD. The overall point of view is inspiring and gives one an optimisitic outlook.
Published 19 months ago by Anonymous
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