What Is HypnoBirthing®?

What is HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method)?

HypnoBirthing® is as much as philosophy as it is a technique. It is method of birthing that is based on the belief that all babies should come into the world in an atmosphere of gentility, calm and joy. When a mother is properly prepared for birthing physically, mentally, and spiritually, she can experience that sort of joy, birthing her baby in an easier, more comfortable, and often, even pain-free, manner. Through a well-thought-out program of birth education, deep relaxation, special breathing techniques, visualisation and affirmations, HypnoBirthing® returns to a woman the art of birthing in a way that allows her to summon her natural birthing instincts and to birth her baby in safety and with ease.

HypnoBirthing® is based on the belief that severe discomfort does not need to be a natural accompaniment of birthing when a woman is properly prepared and trusts her birthing body.


What do I actually learn in the HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method) course?

HypnoBirthing® is a full childbirth education course and so much more.

Throughout the course, we discuss what your body will be doing during labour and birth and why. We talk about what your baby will be doing during labour and birth and why. The course explains how to work with your body’s birthing process and natural expulsive reflex, to allow your body to do what it was designed to do and does so well. It teaches anatomy, breathing techniques, how different positions, interventions and situations help or hinder the labour and birth process.

It teaches your partner about birth and gives them confidence and tips (and even a cheat sheet!) on how to best support you.

It teaches the history of birth and the medical system.

It explains how fear and stress affects your body’s ability to birth and also affects your baby’s oxygen supply. It’s important to face your fears and work through them and release them, so they don’t become an issue during your labour and birth. HypnoBirthing® helps you do this.

It discusses breastfeeding, care providers, water births, hospital births, home births, cord clamping, scans tests and your options… it goes over SO much over the space of 5 weeks.

But the biggest thing you’ll notice isn’t the specifics of what it teaches. The biggest thing that you’ll notice is what all this information changes your mindset about birth. HypnoBirthing® helps you get back to your instincts. By the end of the course, you will notice that you will be feeling SO much more confident. SO much more informed. And SO much more excited about your upcoming birth than you ever thought possible. It will really ignite a passion inside you, that you may have never realised you had.

And that’s something that you will take with you throughout the rest of your pregnancy, your birth, your post partum period, parenthood, and the rest of your life.


Topics covered in the HypnoBirthing® course include…

– History of Birthing

– How the Uterus & Birthing Muscles Work

– How fear affects your birthing body

– Bonding with baby while you are pregnant

– Selecting Care Providers and Your Birthing Environment

– Preparing your Mind and Body for Birth

– Breathing Techniques for labour

– Relaxation Techniques for pregnancy, labour and birth

– Visualisations and Affirmations

– Writing a birth plan

– Breech Babies

– Looking at Your Guess Date (Due Date)

– Artificial Induction / Natural Ways to Initiate Labour

– Releasing Emotions, Fears and Limiting Thoughts

– Birth Companions Role (teaches your partner how they can help!)

– Misconceptions about Labour

– What you can do if Labor Slows or Rests

– Positions for labour & birthing

– Repositioning Baby if needed

– First Breastfeeding

– Baby’s First Hour

… plus of course, it’s a full birth education program, which explains exactly what happens with your body and baby during labour and birth. Knowing this will allow you to work with your labour, and often love the experience, rather than just enduring it. HypnoBirthing is a full, holistic birth education program.


Here’s a run-down of what’s included in each class…



{ Class One… Setting the Stage }

Class one sets a solid foundation for what we will be covering throughout the course. In this first class, we discuss the important role your mind plays for your autonomic nervous system; explain how your uterus works; the history of birth; the effect of fear on your body. You will come away from this class with a “lightbulb moment”, where it will all start making sense.


Specific topics we discuss in the class are:

Dehypnotising & Building a Positive Expectancy

History of Women & Birthing

How the Uterus & Birthing Muscles Work

Birthing Vocabulary

Dr. Grantly Dick-Read’s observations and teachings

Autonomic Nervous System


Hypnosis & Deep Relaxation

Psycho-physical Association; Laws of the Mind & Change

Psycho-physical Exercises



{ Class Two… Prebirth Bonding & Preparing Your Mind & Body }

Class two is s special one. It focuses on the right now. It explains that pregnancy isn’t just a time that you’re waiting to meet your baby – it’s a very special time where you can bond with your baby and you have a chance to prepare a world for your baby as a family! During this class, we also cover all the “preparation work” you need to be doing. Selecting the right care provider for yourself and your baby. Planning and preparing for the type of birth and post partum period that you are wanting. Preparation is important!


Specific topics we discuss in the class are:

Prebirth, Perinatal and Postnatal Bonding

Background of Fetology Studies

Prebirth Bonding

Selecting Care Providers and Your Birthing Environment

Preparing your Mind and Body for Birthing Success

Five Basic HypnoBirthing Techniques

Breathing Techniques

Rapid and Instant Relaxation Techniques

Light Touch Massage

Self Hypnosis and Relaxation

Preparing Your Body for Healthy Birthing (Nutrition, Toning the Body, Perineal Massage)



{ Class Three… Advanced Visualisation & Deepening }

You’re going to love this class. You will come away from this 2.5 hour session SO relaxed. And if you’ve been having trouble sleeping, chances are that you won’t this night! This class discusses certain things that are good to know when in labour. What can you do to get labour going? How can you avoid induction, augmentation & interventions? What’s classed as a “special circumstance”? And we also discuss your birth preferences. But along with all this information, we will also be doing many relaxation techniques and deepening scripts. Including a fear release. You’ll love this session.


Specific topics we discuss in the class are:

Labour and Birthing Visualisations

Ultimate Deepening for Labour and Birthing

Birth Preferences

Hospital Tour & Registration (Discussion)

Breech Presentation

When Baby is Ready

Looking at Your Guess Date (Due Date)

Special Circumstances

Avoiding Artificial Induction

Using Natural Means to Initiate Labour

Your Body and Your Baby-Working with You and For You

Releasing Emotions, Fears and Limiting Thoughts



{ Class Four… Overview & Summary of Childbirth }

By this stage of the course, it’s all starting to make sense. You love your baby SO much; You’re excited about your upcoming birth; You know your options; Now we’re going to continue the childbirth education by going through each part of labour, in depth… step by step! Class four discusses the thinning and opening stage of labour. We discuss exactly what your body and baby will be doing as you labour, so that when you feel it, you won’t be scared. You’ll instead completely understand it and be able to work with it. Class four is also important for your birth companion. If your partner will be supporting you during your labour and birth, this class has an entire section devoted to helping your partner understand how to best support you.


Specific topics we discuss in the class are:

Pre-labour Tricksters

Thinning and Opening Phase

Arriving at the Hospital

Birth Companions Role

Birth Simply Explained

As Labor Moves Along

If Labor Slows or Rests

Misconceptions about Labour

Options/Considerations before accepting inducement or augmentation

Hypothetical situations (class role play)

Hallmarks of Labour – What is Happening as Labour Advances

Birth Rehearsal Imagery



{ Class Five… The Final Act & Bonding }

By the time you get to this class, you’ll be a full bottle on exactly how birth works! In class five, we continue the birth education, discussing step by step, what is happening at each stage of labour, with special focus on the birthing phase. We also discuss things like baby’s position and how to help them get into a good position for birth. And we also cover birth breathing, so that it becomes instinct for you to breathe baby down and work with your body and baby as baby is being born. Baby’s first hour after birth is so important for bonding, so we discuss that too, along with breastfeeding during this class. By the time this session is over, you’ll have all the information you need to allow your body to labour and birth just as it needs to. You can now relax and look forward to meeting your baby!


Specific topics we discuss in the class are:

The Birthing Phase of Labour

Mother Nears Completion—thinning and opening phase ends

Optimal Positioning for Baby During Labour and Birth

Pelvic Station Positioning

Positions for Descent & Birthing

Repositioning Baby

Birth Breathing

Birthing Phase – Descent

Birth’s Perfect Design – The Final Act

First Breastfeeding – Self Attachment

Baby’s First Hour



Why HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method)?

HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method), is the only childbirth education course in the world which is created and endorsed by Marie Mongan herself. If you’ve read the official HypnoBirthing book “HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method”, and thought it was wonderful, this is the course for you.

HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method), is now taught in over 40 countries worldwide and has been used by many well known people (including royalty!) for the birth of their babies.

HypnoBirthing® (The Mongan Method) is that popular that there have been people try to imitate this official course and create their own organisation which sounds similar, which can be confusing to parents who are trying to make the best decision for their childbirth education. So to make it easier, make sure that your HypnoBirthing practitioner has the “gold seal” on their website and is teaching “HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method”. That’s how you know they have been trained by the official HypnoBirthing® International Institute and you will be learning the official course.



{ What are other people saying? }


“Janelle’s HypnoBirthing classes taught me so much more than I’d have learnt in any antenatal classes. I was able to birth my daughter calmly, knowing and understanding that my body was doing exactly what it was designed for. The classes also gave my partner the tools to be my ultimate birth companion which allowed me to birth completely without fear!” – Hannah K (Australind). First Time Mum (2015)


“Janelle has been my doula and HypnoBirthing practitioner for 2 of my births. She (and HypnoBirthing) opened my eyes to the incredible, physiological process of birth and that it isn’t something to be feared; but to be embraced. She showed me that birth CAN be beautiful and for me, it absolutely was.” – Sashi H (Bunbury). VBAC Mum (2013 & 2015)


“The Hypnobirthing classes really helped me to appreciate and enjoy my pregnancy and birth and have left me with knowledge, wisdom and tools that I can still use my day to day life. Janelle really is such a genuine, caring and encouraging person who knows A LOT about birth.” – Elyshe R (Australind). First Time Mum (2015)


You can read more of what people are saying on my Testimonials page.



{ How much does it cost? }

I teach HypnoBirthing both privately and in group sessions. For more information on pricing, please visit my HypnoBirthing Packages page.



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