Approved Hypno Birthing Training

The Only Evidence Based Program Available


Who is Hypno Birthing suitable for?

Hypno Birthing is suitable for all mums, both first time and those who’ve had children before. We help women who are scared of birth because they’ve never done it before, who are anxious because of a bad experience last time, or who just want a calmer, easier, more natural birth experience.

If you’re pregnant, and looking for an alternative to the over-medicalised, pain-is-inevitable, “gimme all the drugs” mindset, then Hypno Birthing is for you.

Will Clients be ‘out of it’ if I use Hypno Birthing?

No, absolutely not. With Hypno Birthing (in fact, virtually all hypnosis), you are aware of what is going on around you but you can just ‘tune out’ the distractions.

I’m afraid or apprehensive of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Is Hypno Birthing safe?

Hypnosis is absolutely safe and nothing to be scared of. Unfortunately, TV, film and stage portrayal of hypnosis has left a lot of people with a mistaken view of what hypnosis is, and what it can (and can’t) do. We talk about dispelling the myths about hypnosis on the Practitioner training course.

Is there any evidence it works?

Mongan Method is the only evidence based programme globally and has been in existence longer than any of the other programmes who are calling themselves “Hypno Birthing”. Please see “Evidence” for information on this.

Hypnotherapists also may call what they offer to parents “Hypno Birthing” as there is no copyright in the UK unlike other parts of the world. However there may be no ante-natal education element to the services that others offer. This unfortunately means Mongan Method Hypno Birthing can be mistaken for such offerings, so it is important to tell clients about the differences and the quality of what we offer.

Can we guarantee a completely pain-free labour and birth to our clients?

No. There are many factors that can affect a birth, some of which are outside our control. Also, like any childbirth preparation class, the success of the techniques is related to the amount of practice you put in. However, as a guide, we find that around 65-70% of Hypno Birthing mums don’t need any form of pain relief. Nearly all the mums in this category simply don’t experience what they describe as “pain”, which is extremely subjective – just pressure, tightenings and powerful sensations.

Around a further 20-25% only require something mild, like paracetamol or gas and air. The remaining 5-10% usually fall into what we call ‘special circumstances’, where medical intervention is required. However, the Hypno Birthing mums still tell us that Hypno Birthing really helped – even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean.

Remember – the aim of Hypno Birthing is not a completely pain-free and picture-perfect ‘natural’ birth (although that is possible). It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birth- where women are in control – and in a way that most mirrors Nature.

How are Hypno Birthing classes run?

Each practitioner will pick days and times to suit their clients, but the Hypno Birthing course should be run as five two-and-a-half hour classes. However exceptions are made when women are at 35 weeks or more.

The Hypno Birthing course is designed to be run as weekly classes to give clients the chance to go away and practise the techniques, and then come back and get assistance and guidance from their practitioner at the next class.

NB: The Hypno Birthing Institute advocates ethical policies of not undercutting your local Practitioners and hopes that you can all agree a pricing structure between you amicably.

Do we offer discounts?

Discounts are entirely at the discretion of the practitioner. Some may be willing to offer a payment plan, rather than paying the fee as a lump sum, or to offer a discounted place if you can get together a group of couples.

However, it should be recognised that our practitioners are highly trained, provide all the materials as part of the course fee, and are generally charging considerably less for Hypno Birthing on a per-hour basis than you would be charged for private hypnotherapy consultations or Complementary Therapy sessions. Please see the above note on ethical pricing.

Do partners/husbands have to attend the classes?

Ideally yes – birthing companions are a very important part of Hypno Birthing success. However, if a partner/husband cannot attend all the classes and/or help mum’s to practice or attend the birth, a mother, sister or friend can also be a birthing companion.

I am a journalist/researcher – who do I contact for interviews, media appearances, etc.?

Please submit any enquiries or requests for interviews, further information, media appearances, etc. through the Contact Us form. Someone will get back to you as promptly as possible with a response, and discuss your request with you personally.