Marie F Mongan was inspired by the work of Dr. Grantly Dick Read, an English obstetrician. At the beginning of the 20thcentury he was sent out to help a poor woman to give birth. When he offered her chloroform, which was used at that time to calm the pain, she refused categorically. The baby was born with no fuss or noise from the mother. As the doctor prepared to leave he asked her why she had refused the relief from pain, whereupon she said: "but it didn’t hurt, it wasn’t supposed to, was it, Doctor?”
After two other similar events, he concluded from his observations and studies that if fear is not present, pain is not present during childbirth. Indeed fear causes the arteries leading to the uterus to constrict and become tense, creating pain. In absence of fear the muscles relax and become pliable, the cervix is able to naturally thin and open as the body pulsates rhythmically and expels the baby with ease.
In a state of relaxation and well-being the body fills with its own natural relaxant, hormones called endorphins, which have an effect 200 times that of morphine.
On the basis of this knowledge Marie f. Mongan, hypnotherapist, developed a method that promotes the secretion of endorphins and oxytocins using autosuggestion, relaxation, visualization, and respiration, and some physical exercises.
HypnoBirthing® courses start at the end of six months pregnancy. They prepare the couple for the wonderful, unique event of childbirth using scripts, CD, etc. The husband or the birth companion has also a very important role to play instead of being a simple spectator...
Since 2000 years there we were taught that women should give birth in pain.
Should this always be so, or is there an alternative for childbirth?
The Mongan Method is especially designed to serve the 95 percent of families whose pregnancies fall into the normal, low- or no-risk categories. If you are part of this vast majority, HypnoBirthing® will teach you techniques for relaxation, breathing, visualization, along with a few physical exercises to ease you through a happy, healthy pregnancy and childbirth. When a woman is mentally, physically and spiritually well prepared, she will be able to birth her baby more comfortably, easier and most of the time without pain. She will come to understand that when her mind is free of fear and tension, her body can be free of pain and will function as it was created to do.
The experience of childbirth is unique to you and your baby, no matter how many children you have. This is an once-in-a-lifetime event, and it is only natural that you and your birthing companion are seeking a birthing that is as safe, satisfying and naturally comfortable for your baby as possible.
*The content of this program is not intended to replace the advice and care of a health-care provider. You should always seek the advice of a qualified professional caregiver for all pregnancy-related matters.