So, you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and see it’s positive - YAY! You’re going to be a mom. Congratulations!
With all the excitement that surrounds seeing that glorious plus sign, there is suddenly a LOT to contemplate, especially if it is your first pregnancy…
- How do I want to share the news with my partner?
- When is my due date?
- Will it be a boy or a girl? What names do we love?
- What color should I paint the nursery?
- What will I wear throughout my pregnancy as my bump grows?
- How will I be the best mom I can be?
… The list goes on! After all, this is an exceptionally exciting time!
And those nine months go by more quickly than you might imagine, so it is never too soon to start thinking about your birth plan.
Labor is naturally painful and nerve-wracking, but what if there was a way the discomfort and fear could be somehow minimized?
HypnoBirthing, also known as the Mongan Method, is a hypnosis-based labor technique meant to help ease the pain and anxiety that women face during childbirth.
Believe it or not, the concept has actually been around for centuries but was coined by hypnotherapist Marie Mongan, who wrote the book “Hypnobirthing: A Celebration of Life” in 1989.
This method uses hypnosis as a means to a calmer, less painful experience during delivery by way of:
- positive affirmations
- guided breathing and visualization.
HypnoBirthing and similar methods have been been used by celebrities like Kate Middleton and Jessica Alba, as well as women all around the world:
“With HypnoBirthing, I was able to truly empty my mind and breathe my way into birthing our baby,” shares Iradis Jordan, who chose the method for her baby’s delivery. “It allowed my body to relax to the point where any pain was dimmed out. I felt my body respond how it was meant to.”
If you are interested in HypnoBirthing, consider checking with your OBGYN to ensure it’s right for you.
If you and your doctor decide that HypnoBirthing is right for you, there are many online resources that teach HypnoBirthing in-depth like the official Hypnobirthing page.
If you have tried HypnoBirthing, please let us know your experience in the comments! We would love to hear all about it!