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What is HypnoBirthing?

The Marie Mongan Method

“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 a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.” 

~Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, 1953

HypnoBirthing prepares the mind in order to prepare the body for a comfortable and calm birth. It is as much a philosophy as a it is a method or practice for birthing. The HypnoBirthing philosophy is based on the premise that with the right preparation and information, a healthy woman carrying a healthy baby and having a healthy pregnancy is able to have a comfortable and gentle birth. This is accomplished through:

  • Getting the right info about your body, your baby's body and birth

  • Preparing the mind through fear release and relaxation techniques

  • Preparing the body by practicing breathing and positions

Group Classes

Group classes are a great way to meet other expectant parents. Taught in a former yoga studio in San Francisco, the environment is perfect for learning and growing.

Private Classes

Does the group schedule not work well for you or would you prefer to have me come to you and take class from the comfort of your home? We can make that happen!

What You Will Learn in HypnoBirthing® Classes

HypnoBirthing® Classes are taught in a format of five, 2 1/2-hour classes. 

Unit 1 – Setting the stage

Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy
The History of Women and Birthing
Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing
How Nature perfectly designed women’s bodies to birth
How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts
The vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing.
Visualizing gentle births by viewing beautiful birthing videos

Unit 2 -Pre-birth family bonding and preparing your mind and body

The remarkable mind of your newborn baby—Prenatal bonding techniques
Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques
Breathing techniques for labor and birthing
Hypnotic relaxation and visualization
Selecting the right care provider
The Birth companion’s role in birthing
Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning

Unit 3 – Self-hypnosis visualization and advanced deepening

Preparing Birth Preference Sheets
Preparing the Body for Birthing
Light Touch Labor Massage
Your body working for and with you
Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor
Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts.

Unit 4 – Overview and summary of childbirth

Onset of Labor – Thinning and Opening Phase
Birth explained simply
Settling in at the hospital or birthing center
Preparing for home birth – or baby’s choice of birth
As labor moves along – passing time through labor
Hallmarks of labor
If labor rests or slows – Companion’s  prompts and activities
As labor advances – birthing with your baby
Protecting the natural birthing experience
Birth rehearsal imagery

Unit 5 – Birthing – The final act and bonding

Moving into birthing
Positions for descent and birthing
Breathing baby down to birth
Baby moves to the breast
Family bonding with your baby


I live on the coast of the San Francisco Bay Area and teach my classes in or near my community. I teach classes from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica and in San Francisco. My main office and teaching space is a former yoga studio on 19th Avenue @ Quintara. Interested in having me teach a group or private class in a location near here, but not listed? Email me and let's see if we can make it happen!