HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method, 4th Edition

A Natural Approach to Safer, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing
Narrated by: Eliza Foss
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
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HypnoBirthing has gained momentum around the globe as a positive and empowering method of childbirth. Here's why: HypnoBirthing helps women to become empowered by developing an awareness of the instinctive birthing capability of their bodies. It greatly reduces the pain of labor and childbirth; frequently eliminates the need for drugs; reduces the need for caesarian surgery or other doctor-controlled birth interventions; and it also shortens birthing and recovery time, allowing for better and earlier bonding with the baby, which has been proven to be vital to the mother-child bond. What's more, parents report their infants sleep better and feed more easily when they haven't experienced birth trauma.    

HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan knows from her own four births that it is not necessary for childbirth to be a terribly painful experience. In this audiobook, she shows women how the Mongan Method works and how parents can take control of the greatest and most important event of their lives.   

So, why is birth such a traumatic event for so many women? And why do more than 40 percent of births now end in caesarian section, the highest percentage in history? The answer is simple: because our culture teaches women to fear birth as a painful and unsettling experience. Fear causes three physical reactions in the body - tightening of the muscles, reduced blood flow to the birthing muscles, and the release of certain hormones - which increase the pain and discomfort of childbirth. This is not hocus-pocus - this is science.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©1992, 1998, 2005, 2015 Marie F. Mongan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Disappointed in the structure of the book

I had such high hopes for this book. I am currently in my third trimester and have been actively seeking hypnobirthing education since mid-second trimester. Unfortunately, I live in an area where there are no current hypnobirthing educators or classes. I hoped to glean as much information from this book as I possibly could, but instead found that the book spends a disproportionate amount of time trying to sell you on the idea of hypnobirthing, instead of giving information to put this philosophy into action.As some other reviewers have said, I already bought the book. I'm already sold on the idea.There's no need to spend at least a quarter of the book trying to sell me on it. I was also disappointed to find that with the few actual techniques the book did share, they gave only an abbreviated overview and indicated hypnobirthing educators and classes will fill in the specifics. As I mentioned before, I have no immediate access to an educator in my area, which renders much of this book useless to me. My advice for any prospective readers: make sure you are taking a hypnobirthing class in conjunction with reading this book or at the very least, you have access to a hypnobirthing educator in your area. If neither of the aforementioned options apply to you, I would unfortunately recommend skipping this book.

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Gave up after 7 chapters of no useful information

It was all storytelling and trying to sell a particular philosophy with no actual useful advice given. Maybe I would have gotten to it eventually, but I was starting to get way too annoyed with the author.

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No actual information

The whole book she is trying to sell you on the idea with giving no information on techniques. I’m 38 weeks and wasted 3 days on getting through most of the book. Got through chapter 12, I believe. Definitely sells you on the idea but left you hanging on the execution.

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good for info on the practice

I'm a little frustrated with this audible book. It's got lots of good info on hypnobirthing but no real way to help me DO the practice! When you buy the physical book, you get a CD with meditations on it. That's what I need. This cost the same and no meditations! Plus I can't see a table of contents and none of the chapters are labeled so I have no idea what's next or where anything in the book is. I love hypnobirthing but am very disappointed in this Audible book. At least give me the rainbow meditation!

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WORST AUDIO BOOK I HAVE EVER BOUGHT!

I bought this book so I could learn about hypnobirthing, not listen to this woman’s biography. I am on chapter 4 and I feel like I’ve been held hostage listening to this woman talk about her fing career journey. NO ONE CARES! GET OVER YOURSELF! PEOPLE ARE BUYING THIS BOOK TO LEARN ABOUT HYPNOBIRTHING NOT YOU!!!!

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Good concept, slow reader

wife is super into doing this for our birth. I hope it works out. The reader reads very slow on this, so I recommend playing it at 1.1x speed. It does NOT sound sped up at this speed.

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  • 06-11-20

Great book but needs to be supplemented to apply

I enjoyed the book very informative and provides a different angle. Will need to supplement with other elements such as live instructions videos etc in order to apply.

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Nice but not alone

nice book, start from chapter 13, read it with an instructor guide. otherwise it serves more a mindfullness book, not the technique itself.

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Great in labor!

I loved this book. I practiced hypnobirthing during my 30 hour VBA3C and it was incredibly helpful. Using the breathing techniques I was able to labor at home to 7cm without any pain and even in the hospital the breathing techniques helped me tremendously!

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Good book, just have to get back the 7th chapter

I've seen many reviews talk about how this book is only offered stories and no real information. My advice is to get past the 7th chapter. she offered so much needed and wanted information about hypnobirthing after chapter 7.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-19

Find a class and skip the listen/book

This is a book that spends several chapters telling you why you should use hypnobirthing but does very little to teach you any of the techniques. If you want to try hypnobirthing, find a class and skip this book.

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  • 09-09-20

Just brilliant!

Everyone needs to read this, men and women!! so insightful and such an empowering read.

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  • Laura Dalton
  • 05-28-20

very american

struggled with this. very american and spoken with a condescending tone. could be just me but I found it so hard to listen to. felt it was more like brain washing than empowering.

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  • Tomasz Sledz
  • 03-07-20

completely must for all expecting baby parents

I love the vibe of this audiobook is help you to be well prepared for the baby!

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  • grahame.douglas
  • 02-29-20

Invaluable information for all expectant parents.

Excellent resource I only wish I had discovered it before reaching 39weeks!!! Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-19

A must read for expectant mothers

As a first time expectant mother I soaked up every word of this book. it is so wonderful to have such positivity around birthing and to be able to equip myself with knowledge to empower myself that woman can easily achieve natural calm births.

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  • Kerena McLaren
  • 08-29-20

Protecting Your Right to Birth Naturally

As recently retired Midwife with more than 40 years of Clinical Practice in hospitals, now more than ever before parents need to understand clearly the deviations from Natural Birthing that will be offered to them. Marie Mongan has created a wonderful philosophy and childbirth preparation program. Such an important read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-20

Important information for all mothers to be!

All mothers to be should invest in this highly informative book before making any birthing decisions. Very informative ❤

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-20

Ok, but better available

This book is ok. However, I’ve defo read better hypnobirthing books. Informative, yes. Sometimes don’t enough explanation and/or examples Please note - I personally felt the woman came off strong which I also felt could jeopardise you as a mother if something didn’t go to plan. And, at the very end I personally feel was very judgemental. I plan and really hope to breast feed but my SIL can’t, she already feels terrible, I’m glad she hasn’t read this book, she’d like to feel worse

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  • Ella Lawton
  • 01-27-20

What I've always believed

This book re- affirmed what I always knew but did not know the name for. Great start to the pregnancy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-21-19

Wonderful Information. Loved it!

I felt like I understand birthing a huge amount more than before and found I have an active role within my wife's pregnancy, it has fully attributed, for me to give a helping hand and be an integral part of this beautiful process. it also created a strong sense of pride and understanding in my mother's experience, of my own birth. I had to call her and thank her for everything she did for me. I was 36 this year and it felt like never before. I now wish for a healthy and natural birth but I am also equipped for any curve balls along the way! x

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-19

Information is good once you get passed the narrator

I’ve had to buy the physical book as this woman’s voice and patronising tone makes it hard to focus. The information is fine but they need someone else to do the audio she is like listening to nails on a blackboard.