HypnoBirthing®: the mongan method

Calm | Empowered | Confident

Prepare your mind and body

HypnoBirthing® is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a set of techniques for achieving the birth you want. With a calm, empowered, and confident approach, birthing people, their partners, and their babies can experience a relaxed, gentle, comfortable, and safer birthing.

Affiliated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute, this comprehensive 5-week childbirth class will teach you how to prepare your mind and body for birthing. 

Whether you are giving birth for the first time or want to try a new method after a previous birthing experience, HypnoBirthing® can help you prepare for the best birthing experience possible.

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Gold Star Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist


Affiliated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute since 2011.

Sunflowers Healing and Wellness proudly welcomes all families. 

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Comprehensive Childbirth Education


 Taught by Lindsey Vick, an experienced childbirth educator, birth doula, and clinical hypnotherapist, this class is unique and includes extra time for real-world application of techniques and a bonus private hour for each family to schedule at their leisure. Your class will cover: 

  • prenatal nutrition
  • prenatal fitness
  • signs of labor
  • avoiding unnecessary interventions
  • choosing a caregiver and birthing location
  • birth plan preparation
  • positions for birth
  • breastfeeding
  • and much more!

You will learn the core HypnoBirthing techniques: breathing, relaxation, visualization, deepening, plus how to incorporate them into your daily life, making HypnoBirthing a set of life skills!

Practical Skills for Birth and Beyond


You will learn the core HypnoBirthing techniques and instruction on how to incorporate them into your daily life, making HypnoBirthing a set of life skills

Each week, new techniques are introduced for expecting parents to practice at home. Techniques include: 

  • Relaxation Breathing
  • Labor Breathing
  • Birth Breathing
  • Visualizations
  • Instant Relaxation 
  • Time Distortion
  • Medical Hypnosis
  • "Eyes Open" Hypnosis
  • Emotion Release
  • and much more!

Benefits of HypnoBirthing


According to the HypnoBirthing Institute, people using HypnoBirthing report the following benefits:

  • Average length of labor reduced by 30% – 50%
  • Cesareans rate reduced by 50%
  • Use of epidural reduced by nearly 75%
  • Gentle birthing = fewer tears and episiotomies
  • More  spontaneous labor =  less use of Pitocin
  • Life skills that carry into parenting and beyond = confident, informed parents

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Class Highlights


Your class includes:

  • Your own copy of the 302-page HypnoBirthing® text, HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method
  • 5 information-packed class meetings, helping you to understand why labor doesn’t have to hurt
  • Professionally written scripts for your home practice
  • 2 CDs for your relaxation, stress reduction, and bonding (Including the program cornerstone disk, Rainbow Relaxation)
  • BONUS: A private 60-minute complimentary session to use at any time during the pregnancy and a bonus hypnosis recording for childbirth preparation
  • Handouts for planning your Birth Preferences
  • A set of Birth Prompts for the Birth Companion
  • Demonstration and practice in optimal birth positions
  • A complementary hypnotherapy session for parents in building birth confidence and eliminating fears
  • A guide to good pregnancy nutrition
  • Several deep relaxation techniques for use during birthing
  • Well-paced instruction designed to build your confidence and help you to have a safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing
  • Special calm breathing methods for use throughout labor and during birthing
  • Body toning exercises and practice
  • Breastfeeding education including latch, positions, and partner support
  • Plus 35% off all individual sessions with Lindsey for hypnosis, reiki, or childbirth consultation AND 10% off all prenatal massages with Katia!

Class Schedule & Registration

Course Schedule

Classes are held on Sunday mornings (10am-1pm) and Wednesday evenings (6pm-9pm) and typically begin in January, March, April/May, July, September, and November. Unless otherwise noted, class meets five consecutive weeks. Plan your class to begin mid-second trimester.

Ideal for Late Spring and Summer Babies

  • Sundays: March 3rd - March 31st, instructor's make up date April 7th (full!)
  • Wednesdays: March 6th - April 3rd, instructor's make up date April 10th 

Ideal for Summer and Early Autumn Babies

  • Sundays: April 28th, May 5th, SATURDAY May 11th, May 19th, June 2nd, instructor's make up date SATURDAY June 15th
  • Wednesdays: May 1st - June 5th (no class May 29th), instructor's make up date June 12th

Other 2019 Course Start Dates

June 30, 2019

July 3, 2019

September 8, 2019

September 11, 2019

November 3, 2019

November 6, 2019

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Registration & Fees

Tuition for this amazing class is $425 and includes registration fee for the birthing person and a partner, all course materials, and a bonus private session with Lindsey, a professional hypnotherapist, birth doula and HypnoBirthing instructor. 

Advanced registration and a non-refundable $175 tuition deposit are required and may be completed online. 

Tuition balance is due on or before the first day of class. Tuition balance fees are not refundable once class has begun.

Registration for the start date automatically enrolls you in the full 5-wk course. All course materials will be provided at the first class. Use the link below to enroll in an upcoming class. 

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When should I take the class?

Ideally, you should begin your class in the middle of your 2nd trimester. However, we can typically accommodate families at almost any point in pregnancy. If you have a special situation, please let us know. 

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Where are classes held?

All classes are held at Sunflowers Healing and Wellness, upstairs from Bon Vivant Cafe on the 2nd floor of 2016 Mount Vernon Avenue (Suite 209) in the heart of Del Ray in Alexandria.

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What else should I know?

Class is booked for 3 hours. Students sit on padded folding chairs, floor pillows, benches, or a sofa and are encouraged to move frequently during class time. Each class takes a 15-min break half way through for snacks/restroom/fresh air. 

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What if I miss a class?

Each class is packed with information and instruction in essential techniques for an easy, comfortable birthing. It is each family's responsibility to ensure that they attend class regularly. However, we understand that is not always possible due to work demands, travel schedules, unexpected illnesses, etc. 

We typically run concurrent classes. If you know in advance that you will miss a scheduled class, you may drop in to the corresponding class that week at no cost. If you have already missed that class and are unable to attend the corresponding class, you my schedule a private make-up class for $135. 

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Should my partner come too?

Ideally, yes. Partners play an integral role in the birth of a child. In this class, partners will learn stress management techniques that can help the birthing person enjoy a calm, comfortable birth as well as advocacy strategies to help meet the family's birthing preferences. 

Not always is the birthing person's partner the baby's biological father. We lovingly welcome and support all families. 

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Do you offer refreshers?

Yes! Private refresher workshops are available for any family who has completed a full 5-wk HypnoBirthing course. This workshop is completely customized to the needs of your pregnancy and birth preferences. 

During this workshop, we will build on your existing knowledge of birth and HypnoBirthing® techniques. We will discuss your previous birth(s) and how you applied the four cornerstone techniques: relaxation, breathing, visualization, and deepening. We will also review and practice the mechanics of the techniques and close with a confidence building birth visualization and guidance for a practice routine.

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