What is HypnoBirthing?

HypnoBirthing International (Mongan Method) in Australia

The HypnoBirthing International program is a premium evidence based childbirth program giving parents tools and education to birth with confidence and free of fear. HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a positive,  calm and stress-free birth.

This amazing antenatal class not only teaches you, along with your birth partner, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner, but prepares you for early parenting.

Our program teaches you to trust in your body, and to make informed choices for whatever turn your birthing takes.  You will learn how to tap into your body and minds own resources, and will have tools and techniques to step into the power of birth and allow your body to birth instinctively.

When you are properly prepared for childbirth and when the mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all mothers in nature.

You and your birth partner will gain the confidence to advocate for your birth choices, choose and work collaboratively with a care-provider and team that you completely trust, feel supported by and know will ensure that your birth isn’t intervened with unnecessarily or without your consent.

Through self-hypnosis, special breathing, visualisation techniques, and so much more, the comprehensive HypnoBirthing International program gives you everything you need to feel prepared and confident for birth and parenting as well as have you feeling supported (as you should) during this most important and transformative experience of your life!

Why HypnoBirthing works…



According to Dr Grantly Dick-Read, when fear is not present neither is pain.  Fear causes the arteries leading to the uterus to constrict and become tense, creating pain.  In the absence of fear, the muscles relax and become pliable, and the cervix is able to naturally thin and open as the body pulsates rhythmically and expels the baby with ease.

Through deep relaxation and innate breathing, you can rid your body of the debilitating fear that creates tension and labour pain.  HypnoBirthing® creates the ideal platform for women, their partners and their babies to learn the necessary tools in order to achieve their ultimate birth wishes.

It reminds us that birth is normal and natural, and like the bodies of other mammals in nature, a healthy pregnant woman instinctively knows how to birth, just as their bodies instinctively know how to conceive and nurture the development of their babies.

The HypnoBirthing program and antenatal class is now used in 8 Major Australian hospitals, is recommended by midwives and obstetricians and has over 180 certified educators because it is evidenced based, and it works!

“According to physiological law, all natural, normal functions of the body are achieved without peril or pain.  Birth is a natural, normal, physiological function for normal, healthy women and their healthy babies.  It can, therefore, be inferred that healthy women, carrying healthy babies, can safely birth without peril or pain”.
 Dr Jonathon Dye, 1891


Course Details

Our HypnoBirthing course includes:


  • 5 x 2.5 Hour Sessions.
  • The HypnoBirthing Book  – The Mongan Method.
  • Australian Rainbow Relaxation MP3.
  • Beautifully Bound Class Handouts including relaxation scripts.
  • Birth preferences template.
  • Handouts for your birth partner.


Group or Private HypnoBirthing Classes are Available.

To find a Certified Educator local to you please click here.

What You Will Learn in the HypnoBirthing antenatal classes


  • Everything you need to know to achieve a safer, more comfortable and calm birth
  • The role of your birth partner in supporting and advocating for you and the baby
  • What’s gone wrong with labour as we know it, why and how to overcome it
  • What the Fear-Tension-Pain syndrome is, how to avoid it and reduce pain
  • Relaxation and self-hypnosis to eliminate fear and tension through pregnancy and birth
  • Techniques of deep relaxation, massage and visualisation during labour
  • Special breathing techniques to have a shorter, more comfortable labour
  • How your body is naturally designed to conceive , nuture and birth your baby with ease and comfort
  • How to greatly reduce the need for drugs and other interventions
  • How to create your body’s own natural pain relief
  • Natural ways to stimulate labour without chemical induction
  • The importance of bonding before and after the birth of your baby
  • Gentle birthing techniques that allow you to avoid hard physical pushing and tearing
  • A toolbox of techniques that will not only change your birth, but will also change your life.


Where does HypnoBirthing come from?


HypnoBirthing is the work of Marie F. Mongan, Founder and Director of the HypnoBirthing® Institute.

Marie developed the HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education program over twenty seven years ago when she saw a need in the birthing industry to return back to intuitive and calm birth.  HypnoBirthing was created to allow a mothers body to birth the way it was intended, without interruptions and interference.

If a mother has had a healthy pregnancy and there are no complications she should be given a right to birth as naturally as possible.

Today, HypnoBirthing is the Gold Standard of Childbirth Education across the globe, with classes taught in over 76  countries. HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method is recognised here in Australia as the Gold Standard of Birthing.

HypnoBirthing Educators following the code of ethics laid down by the HypnoBirthing® Institute, are rewarded with a Gold Seal.  This Gold Seal assures families that the information they receive is the most relevant, evidence based, up to date and follows HypnoBirthing teaching guidelines.

HypnoBirthing Educators in Australia


The concept of HypnoBirthing as a childbirth education program was first introduced into Australia in 2000 and took some time to become well established.

In 2005, the HypnoBirthing® Institute established their Faculty Member, Marilyn Colvin Boon to facilitate regular training and workshops throughout Australia, assisting the Institute in establishing recognition of their name throughout Australia and establish a more cohesive network for their practitioners.

As HypnoBirthing began spreading through the community it soon caught the interest of other professionals such as obstetricians, physicians, midwives, hypnotherapists, counsellors, doulas, physiotherapists and yoga teachers – all impressed by the birth experiences they were hearing about. HypnoBirthing– the Mongan Method is now recognised throughout Australia as the Gold Standard of Childbirth Education, and has been implemented into a number of public and private hospital antenatal education programs due to its credibility.

At the end of 2014, Marilyn Colvin Boon retired after 10 years, and Anthea Thomas was appointed by the HypnoBirthing® Institute as the new faculty and trainer for Australia with a professional leadership team to support her. In 2019 Anthea was invited to become the Vice President of the HypnoBirthing Institute.

HypnoBirthing International (Mongan Method) now has over 180 Educators in Australia, and is the only HypnoBirthing program with research, data and proven results. We are the fastest growing childbirth education program nationally and internationally, now being integrated into Australian hospital antenatal education programs.


Fear can be overcome only by Faith.
~Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

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