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Paperback | May 24, 2005

byMarie Mongan

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"Move over, Lamaze. HypnoBirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of labor."
-Time Magazine

HypnoBirthing®: A Celebration of Life 

Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.

In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. She proves through sound medical information that it is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and that when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain.

HypnoBirthing is nature, not manipulation. It relaxes the mind in order to let the body work as it is designed. The HypnoBirthing exercises-positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing and physical preparation-will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy, even if you are currently unsure of an intervention-free birth. Your confidence, trust and happy anticipation will in turn lead to the peaceful, fulfilling and bonding birth that is your right as a mother.

More than 10,000 happy couples have had their lives changed for the better by HypnoBirthing. More than 500 news organizations-including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline, The Richard & Judy Show, Time, Newsweek, Parenting and Better Homes & Gardens-have joined the movement for better birthing.

Why is HypnoBirthing changing the way the world gives birth? That''s simple. Because it works.

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"Move over, Lamaze. HypnoBirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of labor."-Time Magazine HypnoBirthing®: A Celebration of Life  Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be. In this easy-to-understand guide, Hypn...

Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy., 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 for the recognition she has brought to hypnotherapy. Ms. Mongan lives in New Hampshire, but spends much of her time on the road training new...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:May 24, 2005Publisher:Health Communications, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 13:9780757302664

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Read and Great Information I bought this book after reading the positive reviews and am so happy that I did. I was going to buy a more expensive book with 5 meditation disc before reading the negative reviews that it received and opted for this book instead. I like how this book gives a history of birthing. It provided a different perspective to birthing that I had never heard before, the very idea of birthing without fear is a beautiful concept and really does make sense. The book is easy to read and explains the relaxation techniques well. I further find the disc with the 2 relaxation exercises very beneficial. I practice regularly and even use the relaxation exercises when I am under a great deal of stress and finds it works wonders. I know that this book is to be used in combination of the hypnobirthing classes but I find the classes are not convienent to attend and are really expensive. I thougth that I would try the book first and then register for the class if I couldn't get to the relaxed state. I think for myself the book is enough, however I think for my husband to be the best support person he would benefit from the class as to really understand the breathing techniques. This book should be in any expecting parents library.
Date published: 2009-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read This book is meant to be paired with the Hypnobirthing class taught by qualified instructors. As a stand-alone book, it is informative and easy to read. It begins by discussing the historical perceptions of birth, and how they affect our current expectations. It then goes on to teach how to broaden the mind to accept that labour isn't necessarily a negative experience, but something that should be looked forward to. It also provides you with the tools and techniques you need to practice to ensure that your birthing experience is a positive one. Start reading this book as early in your pregnancy as possible - the more time you have to practice the techniques, the easier they will be to put into practice when it counts!
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring way to see birth I have read through this book and am practicing the techniques to prepare myself, mind and body, for childbirth. I am 7 months pregnant at the moment and hope to be able to deliver naturally. This book offers a history of the social perception of giving birth which really made me think and realise that we are taught to pair pain with delivering a baby when realistically it is a function that our body has been engineered to do since the beginning of time. This book helps prepare your brain for labour by giving you relaxation techniques, breathing techniques and visualisation techniques to use during the experience of contractions (or waves and surges). I think I would have seeked out classes if I had heard of this method earlier because it is hard to practice on your own - especially getting dad involved (he wants to but in our day to day schedule it is hard to make the time). But just reading the book gives me ideas and confidence that I can control my mind and body through relaxation. I will have to update my review in a few weeks to tell you if it helped!
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic - this book helped me have a drug-free birth!! This book is a quick read. It really helped keep me relaxed, and better able to manage the pain. I never got to the point of asking for any drugs, as I had thought I might. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to have a natural birth, it's well worth the read.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For a Natural Birth -for mother and supporter So glad that I read this book! This book shows us a peek into other cultures, and their birthing practices. It puts us more in touch with what's natural, and how our birthing ought to be. It is also full or practical ways to prepare for giving birth, and to support one who is giving birth. Probably not for women who like the idea of a medicalized birthing experience, but for those who want a natural one. This book is meant to go along with the Hypnobirthing classes -about $400 for a full 2 day weekend. I would definitely not recommend the one that my husband and I went to with Jennifer Price-Jones; after one day, having gotten nothing more out of the class than what we got from the book, we decided not to return for the second one. I was very disappointed, as it should have been a great prep for the birth. I would recommend asking questions before taking the class. How is it going to be taught? for example. I would have liked a more hands-on approach. I'm sure that a lot depends on the 'teacher', and if you find a good one, I would think that it would be worth it.
Date published: 2008-05-05

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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.