Welcome to Mayo Hypnobirthing
Your journey to a relaxed, calm and empowered birth begins here

Congratulations on your pregnancy

Learn relaxation techniques so that you can give your baby a welcome that is calm, gentle and safe. Hypnobirthing teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labour.

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. You will learn this kind of relaxation, free from resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birth.

You will not be in a trance or asleep. What you will experience will be similar to daydreaming or being completely focused on one specific thing. You will be conversant, in control and aware of your body’s surges and your baby’s progress. You will have trained yourself to reach complete relaxation and determine the degree and manner you feel your surges.  Relaxed muscles function as nature intended – releasing your body’s natural relaxant, endorphins, replacing the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

Imagine If… Your Labour Was Shorter

  • You might not need to use any anaesthesia
  • You feel energised after the birth
  • You are comfortable and relaxed during labour and birth
  • You experience an ecstatic birth
  • Your baby is calmer, more relaxed and feeds well

HypnoBirthing® Mothers Birth More Comfortably

HypnoBirthing® mothers who birthed vaginally did so without epidural anesthesia
HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed in under eight hours
HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed via C-section compared with the US national average of

Data provided by HypnoBirthing® Institute, between 2005-2010

What’s Included in your HypnoBirthing® Class

  • HypnoBirthing—The Mongan Method book by Marie Mongan
  • 5 information-packed classes, helping you to understand how you can achieve the birth you envisage
  • Professional written scripts for your home practice
  • Downloads for your relaxation, stress reduction and bonding (including the program cornerstone disk, Rainbow Relaxation)
  • Handouts for planning your Birth Preferences
  • Birth Companions Tool Kit
  • Demonstration and practice in optimal birth positions
  • A free hypnotic session in building birth confidence and eliminating fears
  • A guide to good pregnancy nutrition
  • Several deep relaxation techniques for use during birthing
  • Well-paced instruction designed to build your confidence and help you to have a safe, easier and more comfortable birthing
  • Special calm breathing methods for use throughout labor and during birthing
  • Private instruction if desired
  • Telephone/email support for the duration of course
  • Small classes for personal attention
  • Body toning exercises and practice
  • The advantage and confidence of the HypnoBirthing International’s reputation for top-quality birthing preparation

What You’ll Learn in HypnoBirthing® Classes

  • Week 1: Building A Positive Expectancy

    • 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
    • Visualising gentle births by viewing beautiful birthing videos
  • Week 2: Falling in Love with Your Baby/Preparing Mind & Body

    • The remarkable mind of your newborn baby—Prenatal bonding techniques
    • Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques
    • Breathing techniques for labour and birthing
    • Hypnotic relaxation and visualisation
    • Selecting the right care provider
    • The Birth companion’s role in birthing
    • Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning
  • Week 3: Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

    • Preparing Birth Preference Sheets
    • Preparing the Body for Birthing
    • Light Touch Labour Massage
    • Your body working for and with you
    • Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labour
    • Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts
  • Week 4: An overview of Birthing – A Labour of Love

    • Onset of Labour – Thinning and Opening Phase
    • Birth explained simply
    • Settling in at the hospital or birthing centre
    • Preparing for home birth – or baby’s choice of birth
    • As labour moves along – passing time through labour
    • Hallmarks of labour
    • If labour rests or slows – Companion’s prompts and activities
    • As labour advances – birthing with your baby
    • Protecting the natural birthing experience
    • Birth rehearsal imagery
  • Week 5: Birth – Breathing Love – Bringing Life

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

About Us

The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing® is the longest running community dedicated to using hypnosis in childbirth. It was founded in the United States in early 1989 by Marie “Mickey” Mongan, who is a licensed counselor and former dean of a small women’s college. The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing® is the pioneer and leader in birth education with hypnosis. Several decades and thousands of classes later, HypnoBirthing® is the most widely used childbirth hypnosis program in the world. Today, there are HypnoBirthing® practitioners in 46 countries around the world who are helping women become aware of the benefits of calm, instinctive birthing for themselves and their babies.

Your Instructors

Esther Walsh

Esther is a mum of three children under 3 years old, twins born via C-section and the youngest via natural birth. Both births Esther used Hypnobirthing techniques and she loves to teach others parents these so they can have the calm birthing experience they desire.

Esther qualified as a Reflexologist and Massage therapist in 2011. This ignited her passion for holistic therapies and Esther went on to study for Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Hypnoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Hypnobirthing®, BWRT®, Fertile Body Method, Life Coaching, Aromatherapy, Baby Massage, Baby Reflexology, Reiki and much more. Esther passion lies in fertility and maternity treatments and she has studied extensively in Fertility and Maternity Reflexology. Esther is a member of the Hypnobirthing Institute, Association of Reproductive Reflexologists and Fertility Reflexology Network.

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