HypnoBirthing™ (The Mongan Method)


What is HypnoBirthing™ and how does it work?


HypnoBirthing™ (The Mongan Method) is a complete antenatal programme focussing on a combination of education, hypnotherapy, self-hypnosis & deep relaxation to help you achieve a more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing™ gives you all the tools you need to minimise the fear-tension-pain cycle, resulting in shorter, more comfortable births.

HypnoBirthing is a philosophy as well as practice, which pays attention to and recognises the importance and influence of an individual’s beliefs, perceptions and attitudes towards pregnancy, labour and birth.


HypnoBirthing pays close attention to the environment and one’s own psychological state. You will learn new skills and identify factors that will foster the right environment to birth your baby, promoting an easier, safer labour.


The course was developed and based on the philosophy and teachings of world-famous obstetrician, Dr Michel Odent. Unlike many antenatal classes, the course does not focus on prescribed techniques or stages of labour, instead the focus is on the interplay between birth psychology and the birthing process, and how simply understanding this relationship often leads to the safest, least interventionist way of giving birth.


Is HypnoBirthing for me?


From the confident to the apprehensive; from first-time mums to VBACs, HypnoBirthing™ is confidence-building, and teaches gentle birth techniques that can benefit just about anyone who is planning a non-surgical birth. It helps women who are scared of childbirth because they have never done it before, who are anxious because of a previous experience, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience.

Can I be guaranteed a pain-free labour and birth?


Many women report pain-free labour and birth, yet this is not the goal of HypnoBirthing, instead the focus is on "more comfortable" birth. There are many factors that can affect a birth, and no way of knowing in advance what those factors will be or how you personally will experience them. The course will provide all the necessary skills and knowledge needed to help you prepare for labour and birth and to be as informed to enable you to respond in a calm and considered way.


When is the best time to start classes?


Any time from your 20 week scan up to the month you are due, the idea time to start is around 30 weeks, allowing sufficient time to practise the techniques, keeping them at the forefront of your mind in the days leading up to birth.


Birth partner's role and need attendance?


The HypnoBirthing method is unique in that the birth partner (whoever that may be) plays a specific role in the birth, and the course assumes their presence. However, women who plan to give birth with no partner present can still benefit greatly from the techniques and philosophy and are welcome to attend the course alone.


Is HypnoBirthing supported by the NHS?


The HypnoBirthing philosophy is endorsed by NHS midwives who would agree that relaxation greatly improves the childbirth experience, many in the UK endorse and recommend HypnoBirthing.

Course content: 12.5 hours


HypnoBirthing™ is a complete antenatal education course.


Session 1: The physiology of labour - the structure of the uterus and how it works; birth hormones; the effect of fear and tension in labour; birth history & sociology; how hypnosis and the subconscious mind works; how deep relaxation helps birth preparation and the birth process.


Session 2: Getting ready for the baby; birth locations & care providers; birth choices; the birthing environment; relaxation routines & techniques; breathing techniques in labour; preparing the body for birth; massage technique for labour; pregnancy exercises & toning; pregnancy nutrition.


Session 3: Birth preferences; writing the birth plan; optimal fetal positioning; natural & artificial induction of labour; how the body prepares for birth; releasing negative emotions, fears & limiting thoughts.


Session 4: Onset of labour - the thinning & opening phase; triage & setting up the birth environment; progression of labour; the role of the birth companion; natural methods to restart labour; communicating with the medical staff; advanced labour.


Session 5: Hallmarks of labour; advanced labour & completion; birthing phase; positioning & repositioning; birth; bonding.