Olivia Seck trained with Marie Mongan and has been offering classes and retreats in the UK and internationally since 2005. She is also a hypnodoula, a trainer and the founder of Radiant Mama.
Hypnobirthing Classes and Retreats
HypnoBirthing® is a complete Childbirth Education program developed by Marie F. Mongan, a life-long educator and clinical hypnotherapist, and is based on the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician and the father of Natural Childbirth. HypnoBirthing® explodes the myth of intense pain as a natural accompaniment to childbirth. It teaches easily learnt techniques to eliminate the fear and tension that can causes pain in birthing and interferes with your body’s natural ability to birth. HypnoBirthing® teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing Birth in a more empowered and comfortable manner.
Imagine giving Birth feeling confident, relaxed and peaceful….. Your baby being welcomed in a calm and loving environment… Your husband or partner feeling proud and grateful to have been able to help you throughout the Birth… all three of you so close now ... This is how Birth can be and this is how most HypnoBirthing® families are born !
What will you learn in the classes?
In your HypnoBirthing course you will learn:
• The natural physiology of Birth & Bonding • How to create the optimum environment to stimulate your bliss & birthing hormones. • To define your birth vision and the role of your Birth Companion. • Essential tools and techniques for a confident and effective Birth Companion • Relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to eliminate the fear and tension that cause long labour and pain, replacing it with confidence, calm, and comfort. • Breathing techniques to produce a shorter, more comfortable labour • The creation and control of the body’s own natural anaesthesia. • How to relax deeply during and in between the surges • Prenatal and perinatal bonding with baby • Optimum baby positioning. • How to prepare for the postnatal period • How to work as a team with the maternity staff.
The programme also provides a fear-release session that help you identify and eliminate issues, fears, and negative feelings (conscious and unconscious) you may have surrounding your birthing and parenting. When you are free of stress and fear, you body is free of pain-causing tension.
“How could I believe when I had gone through, not one but two excruciating labours? I was petrified. Then found HypnoBirthing. The Birth took four and a half hours. I was relaxed and comfortable all the way. It was wonderful.”"
• You will gain an understanding of the natural physiology of labour and Birth that goes beyond what is usually taught in other classes. You will learn special relaxation techniques that will enable you to connect with and work with your body as you experience labour.
You will see, hear, and practice these techniques in class and will be given Cds to work with at home. When it is time for your baby to be born you will be awake and involved.
The profound relaxation that you will learn will prove to be a valuable skill that can be useful to you throughout your life as parents, not just as you prepare for the birthing of your child. Many couples find that the weeks of preparation have a calming effect on the baby.
"In relation to the course I found it really useful to talk about all the issues that you brought up. I had taken so much for granted, eg, who would be there with me, and hadn't taken into account what Stu felt about the people that i'd chosen. it was really good for us to think about everything in detail before the birth... Even now the whole method is helping us to cope. Freja is now 10weeks old and i often use the deep breathing and sleep breathing to channel loving feelings to her when she's upset....it calms her 9 times out of 10! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful method with us!" Nancy Keen
Will you be in a trance during the labour?
When you have your baby using the HypnoBirthing method, you will not be in a trance or a sleep state. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming or focusing that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or staring at a fire- when you loose track of what is going on around you. Though you will be totally relaxed, you will also be fully in control.
Throughout your birthing you will experience your uterine surges in total harmony of mind and body. You will be very much in charge and can interrupt the relaxed state and resume it at any time you wish to do so.
Are there different ways I can learn HypnoBirthing?
The BirthCreation program is accessible, well-paced and offers considerable support. It is taught in various formats suitable to different people's needs:
Taking place in Dartington Devon. Please enquire for dates. Also individual weekly courses in the comfort of your home.
'The Birth Creation Couple/One-to-One Retreat'
Time away together soaking in the beauty of the South Devon countryside whilst preparing for a safer, easier and more joyful Birth experience. It is also possible to learn HypnoBirthing in the comfort of your own home, which can be such a relaxing and nurturing experience.