HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) Paperback – International Edition, May 24, 2005
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Preparing women for birthing by educating them in the true physiology of labor was the backbone of Dick-ReadÆs work. For many women who were preparing for natural birthing in the 1950s, that appeal to their intellect was enough to make them break with traditional attitudes and bring their children into the world unmedicated and alert. It was simpler then. Most babies came into the world with the assistance of the family doctor, a person who was probably known to the birthing mother since she, herself, was a child. While women did not expect that birth would be a picnic, they were not terrified of the experience, and families of three or four children were not uncommon. Free of debilitating fear, they often were able to bring their babies to crowning with little fuss, and were anesthetized only in time for the doctor to arrive and extract the baby with forceps. Those who subscribed to the philosophy of natural birth were free of fear, free of anesthesia and, for the most part, free of the discomfort of labor.
If you are like most pregnant women, you will find that as you move through these days and months of pregnancy, you will be met with a whole new set of feelings, anxieties, doubts, questions, decisions and tasks that you never had to consider before. Some of these will center on your pregnancy, labor and birthing, but there may be more that will cause you to look at the many transformational experiences that bringing a baby into your life will present. This is natural. As you prepare your mind and body for your babyÆs birth, you will want to be ready in this regard alsoùfree of any fears, reservations or limiting thoughts.
ItÆs helpful for both you and your partner to be able to identify feelings, experiences or recollections that may be painful or hurtful, thus limiting your ability to approach birthing free of harmful emotions. Take a look at those emotions that may foster a feeling of uneasiness, meet them head-on and release any conflict you may be harboring (consciously or subconsciously) because of them. Once you have been able to work through and resolve lingering emotions, limiting thoughts, experiences or memories that could stand in the way of an easy birthing, you will have a better sense of your own ability to approach the birth of your baby with trust and confidence.
Thoroughly search your inner feelings to discover the areas that you feel very confident about and those that you need to work through so that you can resolve any fears or misgivings that you are holding. Brushing aside matters that concern you may help you to get through your pregnancy, but these concerns can easily surface as fears when you are in labor, and they can affect the course of your labor. You will want to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with your partner, your birthing companion or a good friend who can help you explore and discuss any thoughts that could be troubling you.
Your HypnoBirthing practitioner will help you inventory and identify those areas of your life that could possibly serve as obstacles. The practitioner will help you work with fear-release sessions in class. If you still feel you need some assistance in releasing lingering fears after you do the sessions in class and talk with your partner and friends, ask your practitioner for a private session. If you are not able to work with a trained practitioner, you may find it helpful to seek the counsel of a hypnotherapist to do release work with you. A fear release hypnotherapy session is truly one of the most effective ways of eliminating toxic emotions.
Listed below are just a few areas of concern to pregnant women that surfaced in the early nineties as a result of Dr. Louis Mehl-MadronnaÆs study on turning breech babies with hypnosis. Your own inventory may reveal other issues that you would like to resolve.
- Your own birthùWhat stories have you heard about your own birth? Are they positive and encouraging, or negative and frightening? Do you feel that you will duplicate your motherÆs labor? If what youÆve been told is less than encouraging, you might want to work on establishing that you are not your mother, and this is not her pregnancy. You are an entirely different person at a different time and under different circumstances.
- OthersÆ birth storiesùHave you been surrounded with stories of joyful birthing, or have family members impressed upon you ôfamily patternsö of long labors, back labor, severe pain and medical intervention? Again, you do not need to assume the experiences of the people who are relating these stories. There is no reason to believe that you will birth as they did. Work at checking those kinds of thoughts so that you donÆt bring their past baggage into your birthing.
- Previous laborsùHas your own experience with labor been easy and satisfying, or are you carrying recollections of an arduous ordeal? If you had a less than satisfying labor, take hope in the fact that you are better prepared for an easier birth this time, and you now can approach birthing with more knowledge and planning than you did before. Make your HypnoBirthing skills work for you, and get rid of the memories of the previous birth or births.
¬2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Hypnobirthing:The breakthrough natural approach to safer, easier, more comfortable birthing - The Mongan Method, 3rd Edition Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
- Publisher : Health Communications; 3rd edition (May 24, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0757302661
- ISBN-13 : 978-0757302664
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 1 x 6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #316,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But I'm giving it 3 stars because it makes you feel like you're laboring "wrong" if you do feel pain. At the end of active labor, when I was in transition, I experienced some intense contractions that I could not keep quiet through, nor could I use the relaxation techniques from this book, and It's not because I was "doing it wrong". Transition was intense because that's simply what transition is like, intense! but this book makes you feel like you're doing it wrong if you do make any sort of noise or feel any kind of pain which is an unrealistic expectation.
The truth is that labor can be painful but that's okay! I liked Birthing from Within better because it gave you a more realistic view of labor as well as tons of encouragement AND relaxation and visualization techniques. I think what helps the most in labor is to know that you can indeed handle every little bit of what you're about to experience. Birthing from Within was really encouraging and informational in that way.
Hypnobirthing teaches you great ways to stay calm and relaxed but just remember that if you do buy this book, there's nothing wrong with feeling pain, make sure that you don't feel inadequate because of this book while you're in labor. the last thing you need in labor is self doubt . I recommend buying this book in conjunction with any Ina May book or Birthing from Within.
The only thing I don't like about it is that it keeps referencing taking a hypnobirthing class for certain extra props and queue cards and stuff. Unfortunately for me, I discovered hypnobirthing in my 36th week of pregnancy and simply do not have the time (or money) to take a full hypnobirth class at this point, so the book is all I'm getting. It would be helpful if it was a tiny bit more stand-alone and doesn't assume you're going to attend a class, but otherwise I still adore this book.
I have a PhD and my research has been focused for many years on global health. I have lived for years in developing countries, particularly in Southern Africa. I get incredibly annoyed when I hear American women gush about the supposedly "easy", "natural" and no-fuss births of "tribal" women in Africa. WHERE DO THEY GET THESE IDEAS FROM? And why oh why do otherwise educated and seemingly informed folks feel the need to repeat them over and over in print to simply spread the lies even further?
I've already lost respect for this author just after reading her ignorant fantasies about how mothers supposedly birth in "Africa" (Africa in quotes as, like most white western folks, she refers to this giant continent like it's a single country or a town). Wake up! ALL of the countries where maternal and infant mortality is highest are in Africa.
The maternal death rates in many of these countries, including Mozambique where I mostly lived, are an order of magnitude higher than anything we could ever imagine seeing in the West. These women do NOT just lean their backs against a wall and pop the baby out like it's nothing and go on with their days! A very high percentage of them labor for hours and DAYS in uncomfortable, unhygienic and unsafe conditions.
They are often malnourished themselves which leads to untold complications. They often have NO skilled attendants whatsoever (and receive all sorts of bad advice from female relatives) and often have no access to health facilities. In many of these countries, the health facilities themselves lack sterile gloves and equipment (as well as trained health workers) and safe blood supplies making them barely better as an option than what these women would have at home.
MANY OF THESE WOMEN DIE. They have placental abruptions. Uterine ruptures. Hemorrhaging. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE ROMANTICIZED BY PRIVILEGED WHITE WESTERN WOMEN. It absolutely INFURIATES me that this continues to this day when the information on maternal outcomes all over the world is so readily available and free from the World Health Organization. You don't even have to comb through raw data as we researchers do: Simply read the reports or put together your own graphs and tables using the WHO website's interactive tools.
I really wish authors like Mongan would be responsible in their writing rather than using the image of the "Natural Savage" giving birth like it's nothing as some sort of ideal for white Western women. It's offensive and inexcusable.
That said- I absolutely would like to achieve a natural and low intervention birth. I don't need to pretend that this is how women in developing countries do it in order to believe that it's possible. The entire context of life, pregnancy (including nutrition, maternal age, environment, etc.) and childbirth is very different in developing countries and we do these women a disservice, acting like they're "lucky" in their lack of health options because they don't often have the option of safe, hygienic and attended births.
I'll try to get through the rest of the book, but honestly, that ignorant junk about African mothers popping their babies out like it's nothing has really turned me off of it... Mongan really should just take a few moments to educate herself (for FREE on the WHO website http://www.who.int/topics/maternal_health/en/ ) about the reality of pregnancy and birth in most African nations before romanticizing the situation for other affluent white Western women.