HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Classes by a Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner

HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method, is considered the “Gold Standard” of birthing with hypnosis. It is a childbirth education method that empowers parents to achieve easier, more comfortable births. It is both a philosophy and a set of tools for using self-hypnosis techniques and scripts to achieve a focused awareness and level of relaxation that allows for a much more comfortable, easy birth. With HypnoBirthing you will not be in a trance or sleep state. You will be aware and fully in control, but profoundly relaxed.

Although we have been conditioned to expect pain in childbirth, there is no physiological reason for this to occur. The pain is a result of the fear-tension-pain cycle. This HypnoBirthing course will help you release fear-based beliefs and misinformation, which will allow your body to open gently and easily. Furthermore, you will learn breathing, relaxation, deepening, and visualization tools to place your mind and body in a state of calm and control, instead of a place of fear. Over the five-week course, you will learn to trust that your body knows how to bring your baby into the world in the calm and gentle way that nature intended. Just as important, you and your birth companion will learn to trust your instincts and intuition, which should serve you well in parenting effectively and in many other areas of your life. BOOK @ STORE


The course is taught in five 3-hour classes. Those who are pregnant attend the classes with the support person of their choice.

The course offers the following benefits:

  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentler, calmer birth
  • Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and pain
  • Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs
  • Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
  • Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labor, leaving the mother alert, fresh, and with energy to bond with her baby following the birth
  • Gives the birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
  • Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
  • Teaches breathing techniques that allow the birthing person to gently breathe her baby into the world without the violence of hard, physical pushing

Research published in the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health shows that HypnoBirthing® clients experienced: fewer medical inductions; less use of IV fluids; less continuous fetal monitoring; less Pitocin infusion; fewer artificial rupture of membranes; fewer IV/IM anesthesias; fewer episiotomies; fewer epidural anesthesias; fewer Caesarian sections; and use of a wider variety of birthing positions than mothers who did not use HypnoBirthing®. *Adapted, with thanks to Lori Nicholson of JoyfulHypnoBirthing.


Group classes are currently held Sunday nights in Arlington Virginia or Washington DC, for 5 Sundays in a row (with a 6th Sunday scheduled as a makeup date). Private and refresher classes may be booked at other times and locations. Please inquire: camilla@alexandriamidwife.com


Group Hypnobirthing® Class is $400 and includes 15 hours of class time; a textbook (which includes an audio CD featuring relaxation and birth rehearsal imagery tracks); many handouts; and the Rainbow Relaxation CD to practice with at home. The HypnoBirthing® for Parents course is taught in five 3-hour classes. Those who are pregnant attend the classes with the support person of their choice. Group Hypnobirthing® Class: $400, with a $150 deposit due upon registration, in order to hold your space in the course, and the $250 balance due at the first class.

Private Hypnobirthing® Class: Private classes are $800, due at registration. There may be a condensed version available for the time you need at half the cost ($400 for an abbreviated fee), please inquire. 

Hypnobirthing® Refresher Class: $200 for private instruction.