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HypnoBirthing, Fourth Edition: The natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing - The Mongan Method, 4th Edition Paperback – December 8, 2015
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Embrace the power of instinctive birth.
In the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.
Birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. Learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.
When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing, you are not in a trance or asleep. What you 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. In this calm state, your body’s endorphins replace the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.
Awake throughout, you are aware of your body’s surges and your baby’s progress; conversant and in good spirits–totally relaxed, but fully in control. Because you have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will determine the degree and the manner in which you feel the surges.
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.
"HypnoBirthing [is] a trademarked curriculum that trains expectant moms in visualization, relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques, which are then used in lieu of drugs. Some studies indicate that hypnosis can cut down on pain and complications and possibly even shorten labor..."
"I've been delivering babies for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this method. It's incredible!"
―Robert J. Zahn, M.D.
"Many of my patients have used the HypnoBirthing Method―results: little or no medication and yet, a more comfortable mother."
―Gerald A. Hamilton, M.D.
"This is magnificent! I'll get up in the middle of the night for this kind of delivery any day of the week."
―Wayne L. Goldner, M.D.
"[HypnoBirthing] can help alleviate anxiety during childbirth. It also may shorten labor significantly: when your uterus is relaxed, it can perform more efficiently…"
"What HypnoBirthing gave me was a greater sense of my inner strength, and it empowered me through my labor."
―Better Homes & Gardens
"My parents saw the video of my birthing, and they couldn't even believe that I was in labor."
―Cathy Stearns, HypnoBirthing mother
"One of the beauties of hypnosis is that it's easy to teach, it can often work quickly and, for most people, it is a positive addition to their treatment."
―Ran D. Anbar, M.D., Upstate Medical University, SUNY-Syracuse
"I didn't think this would work, even after I took the course, but it really did! It's amazing. .. With this [HypnoBirthing] birth, I kept thinking I wasn't really in labor because I kept waiting for the pain to start, and it never did. Instead it was a wonderful experience. I chose to have my daughter in the hospital with a doula to help me, and it was very natural, very peaceful; a beautiful experience. I felt the baby just dropped out of me and you can tell. She's a really calm, happy baby, one who nurses well."
―Spirit of Change.com
About the Author
Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy., is the founder of HypnoBirthing; she is a life-long educator, former college dean, clinical hypnotherapist, and Director of the HypnoBirthing Institute. She is the recipient of the 1995 National Guild of Hypnotists President's Award and received the coveted Charles Tebbetts Award in 2000, followed in 2009 with being given the highest distinction awarded by the National Guild of Hypnotists, being named for the recognition she has brought to hypnotherapy. In 2013 she was presented with the LifeTime Achievement award from the International Assn. of Counselors and Therapists, being named to this honor for the recognition she has brought to hypnotherapy. Ms. Mongan lives in New Hampshire, but spends much of her time on planes, as do many of the other faculty members of the Institute, teaching in many of the 46 countries where HypnoBirthing is practiced. She is the mother of four adult children, all born using the techniques upon which HypnoBirthing is based.
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After some research, I learned that Hypnobabies & Hypnobirthing are different pedagogies. Hypnobirthing came first, and Hypnobabies is supposed to be a more information-rich, medically based spin-off from the Hypnobirthing class. I decided I was more interested in the Hypnobabies class but bought this book anyway because Hypnobabies doesn't seem to have their own book. But unfortunately, my Hypnobabies instructor said the two pedagogies differ in a number of ways.