About the Class

Important details at a glance

Class duration: 5 weeks, 3 hours long

Prerequisites: suitable in your 2nd and 3rd trimester

Participants: pregnant person + birth companion(s) 

The class includes:

  • Folder with class materials

  • Book: "HypnoBirthing: The Natural Path to a Safe, Gentle and Easy Birth: The Mongan Method"

  • Rainbow Relaxation Audio Download

  • Tea is provided. We rotate who brings snack each week.

  • Class reunion after babies are born 

Class Content

What to Expect

HypnoBirthing® the Mongan Method will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. We will explore the history of obstetrics to understand why fear and pain are associated with birth. You will learn how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to be free of harmful emotions that lead to the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle. You will understand the power of the mind-body connection from the framework of the autonomic nervous systemYou will learn to call upon your body’s own natural relaxant and thus lessen or eliminate discomfort and the need for medication. You will be fascinated as you view HypnoBirthing® videos showing laboring mothers, awake, alert, and relaxed as they experience the kind of gentle birth that you, too, can have. You will learn HypnoBirthing® techniques such as self-hypnosis, deep relaxation, breathing, affirmations, visualization, and knowledge of the birth process.

We will talk about practical tips for choosing your birth environment and caregiver, how to create your birth plan, nutrition, exercisemassage, positions for pregnancy and labor, and how to communicate well with your birth team. 

You will leave feeling connected with your body and babyknowledgable about the birth process, empowered to have the birth experience that you want, and able to adapt as your birthing unfolds. 

HypnoBirthing Classes 2020

Date: February  FULL

Date: March  FULL


HypnoBirthing Classes 2020

Date: Saturdays May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $395

Location: Berkeley, CA

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HypnoBirthing Classes 2020

Date: Saturdays August 15, 22, 29, September 5, and 12

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $395

Location: Berkeley, CA

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private HypnoBirthing Classes

Date: anytime

Time: by arrangement

Cost: $695

Location: In a private class, I come to your home to teach you and your birth companion(s) exclusively

“Nothing can describe the beauty of our birthing experience with HypnoBirthing®.  I never dreamed after having two children with another method that I could have so easy a labor.”

"I’m a labor and delivery nurse.  I work in the field of obstetrics every day.  I can hardly believe my eyes as I watch HypnoBirthing® mothers in labor.  It’s amazing!”

About the Instructor

Hi, I'm Celia. I am a certified HypnoBirthing® practitioner, childbirth educator, doula, and mama!

When I became pregnant, I knew I wanted a peaceful and primal birth experience. I carefully prepared and gathered the support I needed. Going through labor was the most grounded, strong, and connected I’ve ever felt. Without knowing at the time, I used self-hypnosis in my labor. I was left feeling so ecstatic about my birth experience, it inspired me to learn how to give this gift to other people preparing for birth. 


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Becky K.

"Celia is a wonderful HypnoBirthing teacher. From her warmth and positive energy to her calm demeanor, she is a dependable support system to mothers seeking a natural birthing experience. I couldn't recommend her more as a joyful and enthusiastic sidekick through your pregnancy journey!"

Jake T.

"Celia helped us get antiquated with the ideas of HypnoBirthing and make the entire process much easier and natural. She helped us cut through the clutter to learn what was important and empower ourselves. During the birth, she came with us to the hospital and her voice was so soothing for my wife - the same voice that she heard during our meetings with her and some of our practice mediations."

Lauren K.

"Working with Celia as our home birth doula was such a gift. She gave my husband the opportunity to get some much needed sleep, eat meals and know that I was in good hands. Her ability to stay grounded in her body allowed my nervous system to follow suit. We both so appreciated her calm and graceful presence and I found that she was so able to help my body clear out tension in between contractions. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend her!"



Questions & answers about the class

Who should attend?

  • First time moms-to-be

  • Experienced moms wanting a better birth

  • Moms wanting a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC)

  • Dads and partners who want to know how to be an awesome birth support

What do I need for my HypnoBirthing class? What should I bring?

I recommend you wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in. Bring a notebook and pen if you want to take notes, but it's not required. 

What does the class cost and where does it take place?

The course costs $395 per couple. Your course materials (book, CD, accompanying folder) are included. It will take place in my home in North Berkeley. 

What about the payment?

After you submit your registration form, you'll be redirected to a payment page. Upon receipt of your payment, the book "HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method" will be mailed to you and the audio files for rainbow relaxation will be provided. Payment plans are available upon request.

What if we can't attend all the classes?

If you can attend all but one of the classes, we may be able to make up a class on an alternative date. If you will miss more than one class, I recommend that we schedule a full private class either in your home or mine. (See prices above) It is important that your birth companion attends all classes with you, but it is not required. If he/she will miss any of the classes, you can share with them what you learned and practice at home.

What if I'm a single parent?

The course fee covers any birth companion (partner, doula, friend, mother, etc.) but you are also welcome to participate on your own. It is definitely worth bringing along the person who will accompany you in birth, as many exercises are learned in which the birth companion plays a major role.

What if I need to cancel?

If you signed up for a class and need to cancel, please let me know as soon as possible. If you notify me two weeks in advance AND if I find someone to take your spot, you will get a full refund. If I am unable to fill your spot you will receive 75% of your fee. If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the class and I am unable to fill your spot, there will be no refund.  Once the class has started, there will be no refunds issued. If you have to cancel because of a medical emergency, I will make every effort to fill your spot and give you a partial or full refund. 

What if the class is canceled?

If a course or appointment is canceled by the course instructor due to emergency or being called to a birth, it will be made up in a reasonable time. If this is not possible, she will seek a replacement by a HypnoBirthing colleague.

Do I still need a normal birth preparation class?

HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method childbirth class teaches everything you need to be ready for birth. If you want to participate in a normal birth preparation course in addition, you are welcome to do so. 

Is this class for me even if I have a planned cesarean or high risk pregnancy?

Yes! Learning how to deeply relax and be empowered in your choices is valuable in any type of birth. 

Want to see it in action?

This News Cast follows a family through their HypnoBirthing journey.