What is Hypnobirthing®?

The HypnoBirthing® Difference - Family-Centered, Empowered Birth

  • Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and thus pain
  • Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs
  • Shortens the first phase of labor
  • Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake, and with energy
  • Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
  • Reduces the need for an episiotomy
  • Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor
  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby
  • Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
  • Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
  • Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without the violence of hard, physical pushing

This original HypnoBirthing 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.

About HypnoBirthing®

Through the class series, pregnant moms and their birth companions learn the 6 main components of HypnoBirthing®: Education, Breathing, Relaxation, Self-Hypnosis, Affirmations, and Visualizations.

HypnoBirthing® is based on the belief that when a mother is properly prepared for birthing—physically, mentally, and emotionally—and fully relaxed, she can experience the joy of birthing her baby more easily, often faster, and with less discomfort. With most births requiring little or no intervention, HypnoBirthing® moms use their skills to deeply relax, and open to the power, passion and pleasure of birth.

For more information on HypnoBirthing, please visit hypnobirthing.com.

HypnoBirthing classes run for five weeks and are 2 1/2 hours long.  With each class, a couple receives a book, 4 relaxation tracks, handouts including extra relaxation and visualizations not found in the book, limited labor support, and inclusion in our Postpartum Gatherings and private Facebook group.

HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method


Classes and rates to fit your family and your schedule.  At GentleSurge, we recognize this is a family event and every family is unique.  That is why we do our best to work with you and your circumstances as you prepare to celebrate your child's birthing day!

Madison HypnoBirthing & Doulas.

Fertility. Pregnancy. Birth. Postpartum.