Marie F. Mongan’s Method "HypnoBirthing®" helps women to overcome the syndrome: Fear/Tension/Pain. It is precisely the apprehension and fears that prevent the birth process to unfold normally.
In America in the mid-1950s it was believed that painful birthing was inevitable, women were given heavy doses of painkillers during the first part of labor and were administered general anesthesia as soon as there was any indication of crowning. Women were spared the pain, but at the same time deprived of conscious birthing. The use of forceps and vacuum cups were normal. The newborn was left up to 5 days behind a window, and parents were unable to bonding, which is so important.
Marie Mongan was convinced that childbirth is not painful.
In seeking to collect information on the birth without pain, she came across the works of an English obstetrician Dr. Grantley Dick Read who discovered the syndrome: Fear/Tension/Pain. When the future mother approaches labor with unresolved fear and stress, her body is already on the defensive, and the stressor hormone, catecholamine, is triggered. Her body is sent to the “fight, flight or freeze” response.
HypnoBirthing® allows for the body to work at its own pace and facilitates easier birthing by using relaxation and visualization to speed the release of calming hormones called endorphins – 200 times as powerful as morphine – and effect an even shorter labor.
Marie Mongan has based HypnoBirthing® on the works of Dr Grantley Dick Read and added hypnosis to her method.