Kansas City HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method

Rachel Daniels

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I help women rediscover their innate ability to have a calm and serene birth experience. Your labor and birth can be treasured, wonderfully memorable and even enjoyable. HypnoBirthing teaches you and your birth companion self-induced relaxation to eliminate your fears and trust in the birthing process. Your baby can be birthed into the world with calm and loving energy!

HypnoBirthing helps your body to work with each surge (HB word for contractions) optimally. Some women experience only pressure and no pain throughout their labor of love. Call me to schedule a class or just to chat.

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Monday, 04 October 2010. Written by Arley Hoskin

Nurse Offers HypnoBirth Class

Most people associate childbirth with pain, but local nurse Rachel Daniels, RN, HBCE, said giving birth does not have to be painful.


Daniels teaches HypnoBirthing to expectant mothers. The technique enables pregnant women to enter into self-hypnosis during labor. In this meditative state, women often do not experience pain, Daniels said.


“One of the misconceptions about HypnoBirthing or hypnosis is that you are put into it by someone else,” Daniels said.


Daniels used HypnoBirthing when she gave birth to her first child, Akiva Gruber, 9 months ago.

Daniels went through the training to become a certified HypnoBirthing trainer while she was pregnant with Akiva.


She said she wanted a home birth with no intervention and HypnoBirthing fit into that picture.

“Part of the goal of this is helping women have a birth experience they want,” Daniels said.

Daniels learned about HypnoBirthing through her sister-in-law in Florida.


“It’s huge in Florida,” she said. “HypnoBirthing fell into a few midwives’ hands and it exploded.”

When the time came for Daniels to deliver, she said she did not experience painful contractions, although her labor lasted days.


“I found not only does it work for me, it worked for my birth companion, who in my case was my husband,” Daniels said. “When my baby was coming out I didn’t feel anything.”

Daniels said part of the HypnoBirthing classes include reconditioning expectant mothers to not fear the birthing process.


“We expect that it’s going to hurt,” Daniels said. “It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Daniels said mothers who want to use HypnoBirthing need to make sure they find a physician or midwife who will support their choice.


“HypnoBirthing is not common here yet,” Daniels said.


One of the concepts of HypnoBirthing, breathing the baby down instead of pushing, can be controversial for some practitioners, Daniels said.


Cara Busenhart, RN, CNM, program coordinator for the nurse midwifery program at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, said she has only worked with one patient who utilized HypnoBirthing techniques.


“She had amazing control during her labor and delivery process and was very focused and quiet during the delivery process,” Busenhart said.


Busenhart said she has no objections to interventions for pain during childbirth but HypnoBirthing could be a good fit for mothers who want a birth without interventions.


Alexis Fake took Daniels’ courses and used HypnoBirthing when she gave birth to Anola Rene on Aug. 9.

“It actually worked out really well,” Fake said.

Fake’s mother served as her birthing companion because her husband was serving in Afghanistan at the time.


“It actually brought my mom and I closer together,” Fake said.

Fake described her labor as calm with minimal pain.


“My biggest complaint honestly was my hips,” she said. “It really wasn’t any worse than a menstrual cramp.”


For best results, Daniels said, expectant mothers should take several HypnoBirthing classes before they deliver.


“It’s recommended that you take the classes between 20 and 30 weeks,” Daniels said. “It’s a practice. It’s something you have to do every day.”