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Here at DoulaSpot.com we’re often asked, what is HypnoBirthing? One of our featured child birth educators, Franchesca Duval gives all the details!
HypnoBirthing is a childbirth method that focuses on preparing parents for gentle birth and encourages a calm, peaceful, and natural pregnancy, birth, and bonding experience for families.
Classes are comprised of mothers to be and their delivery support (be it husband, partner, doula, midwife, or friend). Hypnobirthing is a simple process of rewriting the story women subconsciously have about labor and delivery from one of fear to one of the natural, empowered, controlled, minimally painful labor they were born to have. Class sizes are kept small, and attendance is limited to between three and seven couples. Hypnobirthing brings women to a state of deep focus in which they can relax their bodies while still being in complete mental control, navigating the stages of labor safely and easily. Whether birthing at home, at a birth center or in the hospital, the Mongan method of Hypnobirthing will equip laboring mothers to have the birth they intuitively know they can have. Founded by Marie Mickey Mongan, HypnoBirthing®, currently successfully practiced in 34 countries throughout the world, is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education enhanced by self-hypnosis and guided imagery techniques that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about easier, more comfortable birthing.
* Your own copy of the 302-page HypnoBirthing Text, HypnoBirthing– The Mongan Method
* 5 information-packed class meetings, helping you to understand why labor doesn’t have to hurt
* 5 professionally written scripts for your home practice
*2 CDs for your relaxation, stress reduction, and bonding
* Handouts for planning your Birth Preferences
* A set of Birth Prompts for your birth Companion
* 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, plus
* Well-paced instruction designed to build your confidence and help you to have a safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing
* Special calm breathing methods for use throughout labor and during birthing
* Private instruction if desired
* Small classes for personal attention
* Body toning exercises and practice
Franchesca teaches the method in a fun and lively way. Having practiced the method herself for her first birth she understands what it means to use the method successfully and imbues her classes with her excitement. The group workshop is comprised of five classes held once a week which are each 2 – 2 1/2 hours long. Cost for the class includes all class materials and home practice materials.
Class/Workshop Fee: $385 per couple
How it serves our nervous system and birth experience.
We have all seen the disempowering scenes of a woman giving birth in a movie or on television. Often times the birthing mother looks terribly uncomfortable, she is screaming at her spouse who is utterly useless. Hospital staff is yelling and running about while machines are beeping and general chaos seems to swirl around the room
It is no wonder so many women have feelings of discomfort around the idea of giving birth; all our subconscious is fed is negative images.
Birth can be a calm and beautiful event that a couple experiences as an empowered team, consciously brining their child into the world. Having the perfect birth you dream of is as easy as understanding how your nervous system operates and practicing how to work with it while in labor.
Our nervous system is the great controller of our overall state of well-being. We have two states that our nervous system takes on, parasympathetic (when you are relaxed in a comfortable environment) and sympathetic (your fight, flight or freeze state which is triggered by anxiety or fear). When we are in a parasympathetic state all body functions act normally and perfectly; our heart beats at a comfortable pace, our food is digested and we feel secure. When we are in the sympathetic state our body prepares to fight or run. All of our adrenalin is directed to the heart. The heart starts to race and send blood to our arms and legs so that we can flee. When blood is directed to our hearts arms and legs it is taken from the uterus, placenta and baby. If hooked up to a fetal monitor the babe would start to show signs of distress, causing further anxiety to the birthing mother and the cycle of medical intervention begins.
This scenario of mother and fetal distress in birth can be EASILY side stepped if the birthing mother can keep herself in a parasympathetic state of empowerment and calm. Doing this is simple with proper training in breathing techniques and understanding that fear needs to be completely out of the birthing mothers mindset.
In Hypnobirthing we spend a great deal of time dehypnotizing couples from all of the messages and ideas they have been given about birth. We dispel fear with knowledge of how our birthing bodies actually work and equip couples with practical relaxation techniques. A large part of the curriculum is geared towards giving tools to fathers and partners so they can be active participants in the experience.
Natural childbirth is a powerful life changing experience. Our bodies are perfectly designed and if allowed to operate naturally our hormones beautifully carry us through each stage labor no matter how long or short our birth may be. Natural childbirth takes preparation, focus and work but the rewards are well worth the time. Getting to feel your baby move through you, working with you to come down and out of your body is beyond words. When in active labor we act as a bridge between heaven and earth, filling the birthing room with oxytoxin, inspiring and uplifting everyone who witnesses us. You deserve to feel that internal power and it is your birthright to birth on your own terms without regret.
Sign up for a class today and get the tools you have been looking for. Your beautiful birth awaits you!
Franchesca Duval is a mother of a daughter who was born in 2013 underwater at home using The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing.
She has been passionate about womans reproductive health and birth since 1999 and her background in Psychology, Ayurvedic medicine, sex education and midwifery all weave together to create her teaching practice based out of Sebastopol, CA.
While studying psychology she became fascinated with “transition moments” in a womans life, those clear forks in the road where she becomes reborn. To Franchesca, pregnancy and birth are the crowning glory of transition moments, if folks have had a challenging time making positive changes in their life, they will often make them for their child. The ripeness of this time can positively impact the health and joy of the future family unit and Franchesca is honored to be offering birth classes that give women ideas to run with during this precious time in their lives.
In 2010 she had the good fortune of apprenticing under a homebirth midwife who gave her the opportunity to attend live homebirths. Every birth was unique and every birth had the same outcome, a baby was born! The practical hands on experience of birth gave her the complete faith that natural birth works and our bodies are perfectly designed. She infuses her HypnoBirthing classes with that energy of focus, confidence, and joy, which her students pick up on and can carry forward into their own birthing experiences.
Her teaching style is lively, fun and easy to understand. She have the ability to distill information in a positive and empowering way so that every woman and couple feel equipped and confident in the methods they are learning.
Franchesca Duval is affiliated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute and upholds their standards of teaching excellence. She currently teaches group workshops at Thrive Birth Center in Santa Rosa, California and also offers private online sessions for couples who live too far away to attend a workshop in person.