Hypnosis and imagery are simply forms of focused relaxation. These techniques promote a calm and peaceful environment for you and your baby. he self-hypnosis techniques you will learn connect the conscious and unconscious mind. We all experience aspects of imagery, hypnosis, and deep relaxation in our daily activities. Daydreaming is just one example of this.

HypnoBirthing® –The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing® is not new, but rather embraces the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. This method of childbirth education 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 and comfortable birth. You will learn how to build upon your inner resources and develop your own personal approach to labor, while being in charge of the process of hypnosis. You will find you sleep better, feel more relaxed and confident about your pregnancy and birthing, and feel prepared to accept and care for your baby following birth.

Juliana Nason, MA, LMHC, NCC, CMHS.