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How the mind and emotions affect the body | Why labor hurts and why it doesn't have to | Releasing fear the enemy of labor | Preparing your mind and body for birthing | Avoiding artificial induction and episiotomies | Developing ultimate depth relaxation | Understanding the stages of labor | Preparing your Birth Plan | Tapping Nature's own relaxant | Breathing your baby down for birth

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A Letter from Marie "Mickey" Mongan - founder of HypnoBirthing

Worldwide, the HypnoBirthing® Institute has trained approximately 2200 practitioners, with strong contingencies in the United States, Australia, The United Kingdom, and Canada. Women have been choosing self-hypnosis--many times instinctively, rather than seeking it out--for birthing for a several decades, but interest in it really grew in the early 90s, after HypnoBirthing became known.

I founded HypnoBirthing® in 1989 to assist my daughter, Maura to prepare for her birthing. HypnoBirthing has gained a tremendous amount of recognition and acceptance in the past five or six years. Just last year alone, there were feature articles that appeared in TIME Magazine, NEWSWEEK, BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, PARENT'S Magazine; and it is written of regularly in the leading pregnancy and birthing publications. There have been good-sized segments on HypnoBirthing® on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and the TODAY SHOW, as well as the popular Richard and Judy Show in the UK last July.

Our popularity in the UK has skyrocketed since my appearance on the Richard and Judy Show, which is very much the same format as the Regis and Kelly Show here in America. We have been featured in most of the leading newspapers, as well as lesser City publications around the country. Hospitals in many areas have now added the HypnoBirthing program to their childbirth education offerings. Hospitals like Harvard Vanguard, Yale Medical Center, Emerson Hospital, St. Mark's in Salt Lake City, Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Newton-Wellesley, Baltimore Memorial, and many, many more across the country have adopted the program.

Many other hospitals and medical care providers are accommodating HypnoBirthing parents' wishes for normal, un-intervened birthing. We are seeing many women enjoying a combination of HypnoBirthing and water birthing in both hospitals and in homes.

What makes HypnoBirthing stand out from the "typical" hospital birthing is that is an expression of total respect for the birthing family and recognizes the consciousness of the birthing baby. It honors the belief that for centuries women's bodies have been safely and gently birthing babies. It is predicated on the physiological law that in the absence of true special circumstances that place the birthing mother or baby at risk, the birthing muscles and the baby know how to birth.

Women's bodies are not flawed, almost 95% of women could birth normally and easily if left to their natural birthing instincts and spared the unnecessary fear-provoking approach of modern medicine that results in birth trauma and creates a psychological imprint that lasts for a lifetime. Regrettably that 95% figure is reversed; and, instead we are seeing almost 95% of women birthing in hospitals today experiencing traumatic births because of the commonly held belief on the part of the medical community that pregnancy and birth are medical problems and illnesses that need to be "micro managed" by technology and apprehension.

Another difference is that the family unit is fully in play in a HypnoBirthing. The birthing mother and her birth companion see birth as a fulfillment of their own natural intimacy. Throughout the birthing, he is embracing her, massaging her, giving her loving prompts, and together they experience this miracle that they have created in joy and calm. The techniques they practice together before and during birthing help to ensure that their baby is born in calm and gentility. The result is a happy, mellow, safe, and content baby who does not come into the world in fear and a sense of abandonment.

HypnoBirthing® is a stand-alone childbirth preparation class. Couples who take HypnoBirthing actually should not take the typical childbirth classes offered at hospitals. The content of most typical classes are totally at odds with the HypnoBirthing philosophy, in that HypnoBirthing teaches that when a woman is confident and trusts her body, she is relaxed. That total relaxation produces endorphins; and, therefore, the constrictor hormones that produce tension and pain are not present. Many other classes focus on the pain on labor in order to prepare the woman for what could be "the most excruciating experience of her life." Many are taught how to cope with pain and survive birthing.

HypnoBirthing families are taught how to eliminate pain before it starts and to birth with their babies in joy, assisting in the natural process, rather than attempting to circumvent it. Parents achieve this level of trust and confidence by attending a series of 5 classes where they are helped to understand the true physiology of the birthing muscles; to discard the myths surrounding birth, both historical and medical; to connect with their baby in pre-birth parenting; to bring themselves into deep states of relaxation that benefit both their preborn and the themselves; and to protect the natural birthing experience.

Mothers practice relaxation and birth affirmations daily, and they practice together as a birthing team several times a week.

Other topics such as nutrition, releasing limiting thoughts or emotions, and preparing their minds and bodies for birthing are also presented