HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method (1-18)

So, my first client had mentioned she was interested in HypnoBirthing and toward the end of her pregnancy she ended up borrowing HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method written by Marie F. Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. from the Birth & Women’s Health Center.  She didn’t make it through the entire book before she gave birth, but she said that what she did read was beneficial.  I now have another client who is also interested in HypnoBirthing and she is also reading this book … so, I figure it only natural that I should pick it up and give it a read to familiarize myself with it as well.  While this book is not a part of either of my certification program’s required reading lists, I figure it can never hurt to learn something new, right?!  I also plan to find a local HypnoBirthing practitioner that I can maybe take some classes from.  I, of course, will keep you all up to date.  Here are my notes:

–  This program is based on the philosophy that birth is normal, natural and healthy, and, therefore, can be achieved “without pain or peril.”

–  The author of this book states that since she has transitioned to HypnoBirthing, she has had no complications.  No babies have needed oxygen or any support other than warming by mother’s body.  Her cesarean section count is three – in as many years (Wow!).  She has given absolutely no analgesic drugs since she began using HypnoBirthing with mothers.

–  If you detect a bit of hesitancy on the part of your partner, perhaps you will want to consider a secondary birthing companion for your labor and birthing.  Both people will be welcome at your classes.

–  You will come to understand that when your mind is free of fear and tension, your body can be free of pain and will function as it was created to do.  With these understandings and the HypnoBirthing techniques that you will practice, you empower yourself with confidence that will allow you to experience the birthing of your baby with relaxed expectation and joy.

–  The support and bonding that take place throughout labor and birthing create a partnership, the beauty of which defies description.  Couples report that they become closer than they ever thought they could be.  The knowledge that she is supported by a caring and loving companion is one of the most important factors in maintaining the emotional well-being of the pregnant mother and the baby she is carrying.

–  “It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further.  We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as physical, achievement … The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.”  Grantly Dick-Read, 1953

–  “Grantly Dick-Read embarked upon several years of study.  From these studies came his theory that when fear is not present, pain is not present.  Fear causes the arteries leading to the uterus to constrict and become tense, creating pain.  In the absense of fear, the muscles relax and become pliable, and the cervix is able to naturally thin and open as the body pulsates rhythmically and expels the baby with ease.”

–  “It was not long before scientists isolated endorphins – neuropeptides in the brain and pituitary gland that have an effect 200 times that of morphine.  Endorphins produce a tranquil, amnesiac condition.  This amnesiac condition occurs naturally in birth in all mammals as the laboring mother nears the end of the opening phase of her labor.  That dreaded period, referred to by other methods as “transition,” naturally disappears as she slips into a tranquil state, goes deeper within to her baby and her birthing body, leaving all distractions of the rest of the world behind as she and her baby connect and give birth.”

–  “My theories are drawn from observation at the bedside of laboring mothers, not in a laboratory.”  Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

–  “Imagine what might happen if the majority of women emerged from their labor beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth.  When enough women realize that birth is a time of great opportunity to get in touch with their true power, and when they are willing to assume responsibility for this, we will reclaim the power of birth and help move technology where it belongs – in the women, not as their master.”

–  “According to physiological law, all natural, normal functions of the body are achieved without peril or pain.  Birth is a natural, normal physiological function for normal, healthy women and their healthy babies.  It can, therefore, be inferred that healthy women, carrying healthy babies, can safely birth without peril or pain.”  Dr. Jonathan Dye, 1891

–  “This is not a new concept; women have been birthing this way for centuries.  The efficacy of this method was recognized and recorded as early as the days of Hippocrates and Aristotle, who repeatedly wrote that nature is the best physician and that it should be allowed to function without the intrusion of “meddlesome interference.”  Birth was looked upon as a beautifully orchestrated natural function, designed to ensure the survival of the human race.”

–  “HypnoBirthing preparation is beneficial for all families, including those who, because of genuine special circumstances, find themselves in the category of high-risk when their birthings take an unexpected turn.  Should the course of birthing run differently from what was planned, and medical intervention or even surgical birth is required, HypnoBirthing enables parents to remain calm, relaxed and in control as they discuss options, evaluate the situation and make informed decisions concerning the birthing.  The attitude of relaxed calm can help make the mother’s recovery easier and reduce the necessity for medication throughout the recovery period.”

–  “Pregnant couples should be encouraged to ask questions and express their wishes or concerns.  They deserve to receive answers from their care providers that enhance their confidence and esteem as parents.  Threats, sarcasm or other means of intimidation have no place in a nurturing caregiver/family relationship.”

–  “Pregnant families need to be able to trust that information provided by their caregivers is truthful and dispensed only after full consideration of the particular woman’s prognosis, the benefit-to-risk factor and the desire of the birthing family to birth naturally.”

–  “In HypnoBirthing, we do not believe it is your responsibility to be a “good patient”; it is your responsibility to be a good parent.”

–  “What 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 mother’s labor?  If what you’ve 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.”

–  “Are you harboring unhappy memories of an experience of physical or sexual abuse?  Because these experiences are so associated with your body, bitter or hurtful memories can easily rise to the surface during birthing.  Birthing is one of the most profoundly physical experiences you will know in a lifetime.  Overwhelming feelings of helplessness, inadequacy and fear have the ability to make your body shut down or resist.”

–  “Positive thought and relaxation can help the body and enhance its ability to birth freely, effectively and with no ill effects.”

–  “The body is the action component of the mind.  What is experienced in the body is determined in the mind.”

–  “What we put out in the way of thinking and speaking creates energy that comes back to us in the same form in subsequent experiences.”

–  “If a mother fights with others while she is pregnant, the baby will come out fighting in childbirth, causing much pain.  The baby will grow up fighting and arguing.”  Rogu, as quoted in Mamatoto

–  “Birth-savvy mothers who value totally unmedicated and intervention-free birthing have a new term for it – “Pure Birth.”  William Sears and Martha Sears, The Birth Book

–  Hypnosis is so effective that it was recognized in 1957 by the American Medical Association as a beneficial therapy for many physical and emotional needs.  Hypnosis is a very natural state that most of us exist in during a large part of the day.  When we become engrossed with our work and lose track of time or of what is going on around us, that is hypnosis.  We are in a hypnotic state when we get caught up in daydreams or become so immersed in a movie or a television show that we emotionally react to what the actors are experiencing.”

–  “In a study at the University of Salzburg, mothers who developed a real sense of being connected with their pre-born babies and who interacted with the babies in talk and play tended to view their bodies with an air of pride and fully accepted their increasing size as a natural part of the development of the baby.  Fathers who were involved in bonding displayed the same kind of awe with respect to the shape of the mother’s body and the development taking place inside.  There was a respect for the life being carried in the womb.  Overall, their pregnancies seemed to be easier, as were their birthings.  They approached birthing with a relaxed confidence.  Later, both parents seemed to adopt a softer, more balanced attitude toward caregiving.  Parents displayed greater feelings of enjoyment, love and respect for each other and for the baby.”

–  “All natural birth has a purpose and a plan; who would think of tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging?  Who would break the shell to pull the chick out?”

–  “Preparing for your baby’s birth is far more important than any other major decision you have ever made.  You simply can’t “settle.”  As one HypnoBirther, Dr. Lorne Campbell of upstate New York, says, “Birth is the last frontier in woman’s quest for freedom.  A woman needs to be free to birth her babies as she chooses.”  You achieve that freedom only when you take responsibility for seeing that the people you surround yourself with are people who respect and support your dreams.  You do have choices, and you need to identify them.”

–  “Another New Hampshire doctor often attends births sitting on the floor in front of a mother who chooses to birth on a birthing stool.  He arranges for pillows to be put under the birthing stool so that the baby will be safe.  He openly says that he doesn’t do anything but watch.  He attends births; he does not “deliver.”  He is a true example of one who lives by the root word for obstetrics – obstare – “to stand by.””

–  “If you’ve had a surgical birth previously and truly want to birth vaginally this time, seriously look into having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and actively seek a doctor who will encourage you.  The HypnoBirthing method is especially favorable to VBACs because the breathing techniques are gentle all through the opening phase, and you will not strain with forced pushing during the baby’s descent – another plus for the VBAC mother.”

–  “My three recent trips to England to teach HypnoBirthing certification classes have allowed me to observe an entirely different approach to birth than what we experience in the United States.  It is interesting to note the attitude toward midwifery and birthing in the United Kingdom and contrast it with ours in the United States.  In the United Kingdom, midwives are the principal attendants at births and have a legal obligation to attend a birthing mother wherever she wishes to birth.  In the early 1990s, the House of Commons in England officially mandated that the needs of birthing mothers be the central focus of maternal health-care providers and that maternity services be fashioned around them, not the other way around.  Refreshing!”

The book then goes into the actual HypnoBirthing – Mongan Method and other possible benefits:  Breathing Techniques, Relaxation Techniques, Visualization Techniques, Ultra-Deepening Techniques, Nutrition, Exercise, and Perineal Massage.

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~ by cmb0414 on August 7, 2010.

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