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South Jersey HypnoBirthing- The Mongan Method®

South Jersey/Philadelphia HypnoBirthing

What is HypnoBirthing®-  -The Mongan Method?

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Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® is a simple, straightforward program, thoughtfully developed over the years to remind mothers of the simplicity of birth itself. Just as the majority of birthing women do not need interventions and procedures for safe and healthy birth, they do not need a complex set of exercises and scripts to prepare themselves for peaceful, calm and comfortable birthing. The birthing body and the baby know just what to do. Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® is designed to teach women to trust in Nature’s way of birth and to relax and let their bodies do what is needed. By practicing a few key techniques, mothers program their minds and condition their bodies to birth easily. When it comes to programming and conditioning, variety is not necessarily a good thing. Repetition is what gets the best result.

Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® is as much a philosophy as it is a technique.  The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.

You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony – as they were designed to – when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.

When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.

You will be conversant and in good spirits – totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body’s surges and your baby’s progress; but because you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will be able to determine the degree and the manner in which you will feel the surges. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.


Why Choose HypnoBirthing?

One of the best things about HypnoBirthing, is that you cannot fail at it. There is no “right” way to HypnoBirth. Home birth… cesarean birth… induction… birth center… epidural… this program will give you the tools to stay calm and relaxed no matter how your birth story unfolds – planned or not! Even better is that when you prepare with HypnoBirthing, your odds of needing medication or intervention actually go down; let’s allow the numbers speak for themselves, shall we?

Between 2010 and 2014 the HypnoBirthing Institute was able to gather some really exciting data showing just how effective the program is. Our HypnoBirthing families reported the below rates for outcomes and birth places!



*compared to the
US average of 33%

*compared to the
US average of 71%

*compared to the
US average of <1%

*compared to the
US average of <1%


When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.

-Marie Mongan

What you will learn in HypnoBirthing Class

In our classes, you'll learn about relaxation, self-hypnosis, visualizations and breathing techniques that will come to your aide during your birthing time. The HypnoBirthing curriculum is comprised of the following outline and is taught in 5 classes, each lasting approximately 2 1/2 hours long.

Unit 1: Building A Positive Expectancy 

  • Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy

  • The History of Women and Birthing

  • Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing

  • How Nature perfectly designed women’s bodies to birth

  • How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts

  • The vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing.

  • Visualizing gentle births by viewing beautiful birthing videos

Unit 2: Falling in Love with Your Baby/Preparing Mind & Body

  • The remarkable mind of your newborn baby—Prenatal bonding techniques

  • Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques

  • Breathing techniques for labor and birthing

  • Hypnotic relaxation and visualization

  • Selecting the right care provider

  • The Birth companion’s role in birthing

  • Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning

Unit 3: Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

  • Preparing Birth Preference Sheets

  • Preparing the Body for Birthing

  • Light Touch Labor Massage

  • Your body working for and with you

  • Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor

  • Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts.

Unit 4: An overview of Birthing – A Labor of Love

  • Onset of Labor – Thinning and Opening Phase

  • Birth explained simply

  • Settling in at the hospital or birthing center

  • Preparing for home birth – or baby’s choice of birth

  • As labor moves along – passing time through labor

  • Hallmarks of labor

  • If labor rests or slows – Companion's prompts and activities

  • As labor advances – birthing with your baby

  • Protecting the natural birthing experience

  • Birth rehearsal imagery

Unit 5: Birth – Breathing Love - Bringing Life

  • Moving into birthing

  • Positions for descent and birthing

  • Breathing baby down to birth

  • Baby moves to the breast

  • Family bonding with your baby


Ready to prepare for your calm birth experience?