How HypnoBirthing® Originated
"When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change."
- MARIE F. MONGAN
Pioneer Dr. Grantly Dick-Read
The philosophy of HypnoBirthing® was based on the work of the British obstetrician, Grantly Dick-Read. He questioned the way obstetrics were being practiced and believed that "healthy childbirth was never intended by the natural law to be painful". Read developed the theory about "fear-tension-pain syndrome", which states that pain results from fear and tension. Through his observations in hospitals and tribal societies, he discovered when women are relaxed and free of fear, birth is safer and possibly even painless.
Developer Marie F. Mongan
In 1989, HypnoBirthing was first introduced by Marie F. Mongan. This philosophy is returning to the idea that every woman instinctually knows how to give birth to her children in a pleasant and joyful way. After Marie experienced her first 2 births the way most women did in the 1950's (strapped down to the bed, anesthetized, alone, and baby pulled out with forceps), she was determined to have a natural birth. The births of her last 2 babies were spectacular, undisturbed and in self-hypnosis with her husband in the room. When it was time for her daughter, Maura, to give birth, Marie created this book, and the method of HypnoBirthing® was born. Since then, HypnoBirthing® has become an international movement to give birth to children safely and without medication. HypnoBirthing® empowers women to awaken their natural birth instincts, release their fears, and breathe their babies into the world.
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HypnoBirthing Class Highlights
How the mind and emotions affect the body
Why labor hurts and why it doesn’t have to
Releasing fear, the enemy of labor
Preparing your mind and body for birthing
Avoiding artificial induction and episiotomy
Developing ultimate-depth relaxation
Understanding the stages of labor
Preparing your Birth Plan
Tapping Nature’s own relaxant
Breathing your baby down for birth