What is Hypno Birthing®
HypnoBirthing® is based on the philosophy that when a woman is properly prepared for childbirth free from fear and stress, she can allow her body to function in the same well-designed manner that it does in nature.
HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The concept of HypnoBirthing® is not new, but rather a "rebirth" of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to forward the concept of natural birthing. The method teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.
You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony–as they were designed to–when your body is sufficiently relaxed and you trust birth. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.
When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming, or focusing, that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.
You will be conversant and in good spirits–totally relaxed, but fully in control. Awake throughout, you will be aware of your body's surges and your baby's progress; but because you will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation, you will be able to determine the degree and the manner in which you will feel the surges. You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear that prevents the muscles of your body from functioning as nature intended them to. In this calm state, your body's natural relaxant, endorphins, replaces the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.
When you complete our class you and your partner will be knowledgeable, empowered, and ready to birth and welcome your baby into the world without fear and with confidence.
About Naomi Newland ~ Registered HypnoBirthing® Practitioner
Naomi is a mother of three children who are all too young for school, a wife, a Certified HypnoBirthing practitioner and is extremely passionate about positive pregnancy, birth and early parenting.
She can normally be found stomping the streets of Tarring with her juggernaut of a buggy, all 3 kids onboard, in a desperate bid to rid of her mummy tummy. Alongside the preschool run and keeping her busy family life in some kind of order, she offers HypnoBirthing classes to prospective parents either from the comfort of her home surroundings in Tarring, Worthing or in customers' own homes.
She is lucky enough to have recently become a "stay at home" mum, packing away her business suits, kissing goodbye to the long commutes and stupidly early alarm calls. Although she does miss her career in sales and marketing, at least then she had a lunch break and could go to the loo unaccompanied!
Naomi's HypnoBirthing journey began back in 2010, when she discovered she was pregnant with her second baby. Having attempted a home birth with her first birth in 2008, she was left with lots of regrets (and stitches in unpleasant places) at not achieving her dream birth. She knew instinctively that things could, and should, have been better for her birth but struggled to know what had been missing. A friend introduced her to HypnoBirthing and as soon as Naomi read the book, she had a "Eureka!" moment as she realised that HypnoBirthing offered her all of the missing tools that she had much needed for her 1st birth. Not only that, but all the theories which supported HypnoBirthing all made so much common sense!
She embraced the HypnoBirthing classes and in the weeks leading up to her birth she and her husband practised the deep relaxation techniques regularly at home together bonding together with the anticipation and excitement surrounding the impending birth.
On the 5th of February 2010 Naomi experienced the high of her life, with a beautiful, serene, life changing, 5hr birth with only 2 1/2 hours of established labour.
The euphoria that Naomi experienced lasted for days, during which time Naomi decided that she needed to share the knowledge and techniques gained from HypnoBirthing with all pregnant women. So they could realise that birth did not have to be the way "One born every minute" depicts it. Newsflash ladies.... Birth is normal, natural and can be comfortable and joyful! Whoo hoo!
Very soon after her 2nd birth (How she wishes she'd known about HypnoBirthing for her 1st born!) She went on to train as a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner as has since worked with dozens and dozens of couples from all over Sussex & Hampshire to help them also achieve happy birthing days. Read some their amazing birth stories here.....
In July 2011, Naomi experienced her 2nd HypnoBirth (3rd baby) which really tested all her HypnoBirthing skills as this baby was 10lb! She remains very grateful to the trust in her body that she has learnt through HypnoBirthing that enabled her to birth her baby at home with no damage to her pelvic floor this time during an 18 hour labour!
Naomi recognises that motherhood is life's greatest challenge and can sometimes be lonely when everyone goes off to work. She loves nothing more than a hot cuppa, a slice of cake and a good chin wag, hence all the popular HypnoBirth Worthing social events that she arranges......
Naomi feels very privileged to be part of couple's preparations for their adventures in family life. She is committed to helping mothers achieve easy, gentle births and feels very strongly about staying in touch with prospective parents in-between finishing their course and their birthing day to help keep positive attitudes.
She is very enthusiastic about raising awareness of HypnoBirthing as many people have a misunderstanding or warped view of what HypnoBirthing is all about. She works closely with local midwives, Family centres and baby/pregnancy related businesses to share her love for this amazing way of birthing and educating expectant women. She has also had her pregnancy diary featured in Pregnancy and Birth magazine and various articles printed in The Worthing Herald and a radio interview on Splash FM. Click here to enjoy them.
Naomi is also very fortunate to have made some wonderful friends on through HypnoBirthing and looks forward to meeting you at one of her monthly FREE HypnoBirthing information nights or on a HypnoBirth Worthing, West Sussex and beyond course. Click here for more details on the course contents or dates & fees.
Naomi offers classes in her own home in Worthing as well offering HypnoBirthing classes in your own home within the following areas; Worthing, , Brighton, Shoreham, Hove, Bognor, Rustington, Littlehampton, Chichester and across East & West Sussex.
History of HypnoBirthing®
HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method was originally established in the United States by Marie Mongan, who is the founder of The HypnoBirthing Institute. Her book "HypnoBirthing: A Celebration Of Life" was first published in 1989, and HypnoBirthing is now taught in countries all over the world.
When Marie Mongan's daughter expressed her desire to have a child, Mickey called upon her own experience of having laboured calmly, gently, and naturally, using the theories of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, during the births of her four children back in the mid 50s and early 60s.
Using her counselling background, and her skills as a Master Hypnotherapist, she developed the HypnoBirthing program for her daughter and two friends. The success of these births brought several hypnotherapists to Mickey's office, asking to be trained in whatever she was doing in birthing.
From there the program grew and took on a life of its own. Medical people who witnessed HypnoBirthing became interested, and many became practitioners. Childbirth educators from other programs came to be practitioners as well.
Soon, the natural appeal of HypnoBirthing began to spread into the mainstream. Not long after that, in 1993, HypnoBirthing was introduced into Canada, and later into Australia, and finally into the UK.
Since then, many thousands of parents and their babies have joined the ranks of HypnoBirthing families. Today, HypnoBirthing is taught in twenty-two countries, and more locations are being added on a regular basis.
Because of HypnoBirthing, couples today can look forward to a beautiful, calm and serene birthing experience, where mother, baby and birthing companion combine in joyful bonding.
The origins of HypnoBirthing
HypnoBirthing is based on the work of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an English physician, and whose principles are also the foundation of the National childbirth Trust (NCT). In his book "Childbirth Without Fear", originally published in 1933, he states that:
There is no physiological function in the body that gives rise to pain in the normal course of health. In no other animal species is the process of birth apparently associated with any suffering, pain or agony, except where pathology exists or in an unnatural state, such as captivity."
When we're afraid, our body diverts blood and oxygen from non-essential defense organs to large muscle groups in our extremities. Our face drains of blood and we are said to be 'white with fear'.
Dr. Dick-Read hypothesized that the fear felt by a woman during childbirth also caused blood to be filtered away from her uterus, so it could be used by the muscles that would flee the dangerous situation. As a result, the uterus was left without oxygen and could not perform its functions efficiently or without pain.
This belief led to Dr. Dick-Read's theory that fear and tension cause the labor pains in approximately 95 percent of birthing women. He termed this phenomenon "the fear-tension-pain syndrome of childbirth," and he believed that by eliminating the fear, women could return the uterus to its normal function, thereby eliminating the pain.