Choosing a Private Consultant Obstetrician

Choosing a Private Consultant Obstetrician  

I have noticed that a lot of moms who take my classes, also decide to go with Private Consultant Obstetrician as their option for maternity care. A Consultant Obstetrician is the consultant that looks after your maternity care during your pregnancy, labour and birth of your baby. (I had no idea what type of consultant I was supposed to be looking for when I was pregnant with my first little girl! I think I googled “consultant pregnancy”! I had not got a clue!)

It appears that the main reasons that couples decide on a Private Consultant is because they want the best possible care and, believe that paying for private care is the best option.

Unfortunately I think this is a little misguided. There are other options to be considered, which will also give you the same level of care and service that you require. A lot of the moms at my classes that decided on a consultant, had a set of expectations and have been left feeling a little disappointed.

The purpose of this blog post, is to outline, what the service of Private Consultant involves, so that you will have clear expectations and can then make the right decision for you and your baby. It will also provide you with some helpful tips on how to choose the right consultant for you.

It is important to keep in mind, when deciding on whether to go with a Private Consultant, what aspects of maternity care are important to you and what you want from a private consultant.

Firstly let’s consider why you would choose a private consultant and look at what the benefits are.

Overview of Benefits:

Continuity of care – seeing the same person for your scans and health checks ensures continuity of care and also allows you to feel more comfortable and familiar with your doctor. If you suffer from anxiety or are very worried about your pregnancy, then the continuity of care that a private consultant can offer, may be the right option for you.

More frequent appointments – with private consultants, your appointments are every four weeks and weekly/fortnightly after 36 weeks.

Additional scans – at every appointment you will be scanned to check the health, development of your baby. The consultant will take measurements of your baby and will plot the length of the baby, size of head, to a graph and will also check the location of placenta and check amniotic fluid levels.

Opportunity to ask questions – you may feel less rushed and therefore may have more time to ask questions. Since you will see your consultant at each appointment you will also feel more comfortable to ask them questions. However, be under no illusion, the private clinics are just as busy as the public clinics and your consultant could be called to the hospital to attend to a patient, so they will not have time to sit around chatting!

Consultant will be on call for you during your labour and birth – most consultants will make sure to let you know whether or not they are available around your due date, and if not available due to holidays etc they will have another consultant ready to take over your care.

Consultant will lead/guide the progress of your labour – your consultant will be notified that you have been admitted to hospital and are in labour, and will seek updates on your progress and will offer instruction to the midwives as necessary. They may not be present during  your labour but may pop in and out to see your progress, in order to ensure that they will be present for the birthing stage.

Early detection and management of complications – Consultants have specialised skills and training to detect complications and will be able to manage them without needing to send you to another specialised clinic. This will be particular beneficial if you have had previous medical condition or current ongoing medical condition that could impact on the health of your baby.

Surgical skills – if you require a cesarean section then your consultant will be able to perform this. You will have built up trust and confidence in your consultant throughout your appointments and this will help to make the experience more positive for you.


Increased risk of medical intervention:

A consultant is a highly skilled and trained, medical professional specialised in the management of pregnancy, labour and birth. While this is a major advantage to have access to this skilled professional when complications or special circumstances arise, using an obstetrician may be a disadvantage, if you wish to have a more natural, birth without medical intervention.

There is an increased risk of medical intervention such as episiotomy, induction, assisted delivery and c-section.  (World Health Organisation)

Location:  Some consultant’s clinics are located off the CUMH campus which is great in some ways because you do not have the hassle of parking, but a slight disadvantage because you do not get the chance to familiarise yourself with the hospital. The first time you visit, it could possibly be when you are in labour. Therefore if your consultant is off-site, it’s worth doing a little test run to the hospital, check out the car park and know where to find the A&E so that it will be less stressful on the labour day.

Cost: While you can only attend a Private Consultant if you already have private health insurance, you also need to pay a fee of €3000 approximately ( depending on your health insurance cover, you may be able to claim back, 50% of this fee and you can claim back 20% of the remaining from Revenue) . This is an additional expensive that you will need to consider.

Private room: as you will be considered by the hospital as a private patient, you will be able to avail of a private room (depending on availability). If a private room is not available you can request to be moved to a private room as soon as one does become available.

Your decision to go with a private consultant, like all other options of maternity is a personal one, and should be the option that feels right for you.

If you have made the decision, to go with a Consultant, now you are faced with another decision, which one?!

1.       Request recommendations from your GP or the midwife at your GP clinic – they will have heard recommendations from other moms and might have an idea of who might be suitable for you, based on your preferences.

2.       Ask friends and family for their advice and experience with consultants. Be sure to ask them specifically, what they did or did not like about the consultant as what might be important to one person might not be important to another. For example, you might prefer a consultant who has a low rate of c-sections, whereas your friend might have a preference for a c-section. Everyone’s preferences are different which is why you need to be clear on what you what.

3.       Online Communities – there are a whole range of online Irish communities, such as , where you can get advice and support from other local pregnant moms to be. Just bear in mind that their opinions while valuable are subjective to their own experiences. However these forums are fantastic if you have decided to keep your pregnancy a secret for the first few weeks and feel like you can’t ask family and friends maternity questions without arousing suspicion.

4.       Take a look at the consultant’s website to get a feel for the priorities and the service they provide.

5.       Give them a call and ask questions you may not get the opportunity to speak directly with the consultant but their receptionist will be happy to provide you with any information you need.

6.      baby-18937_1920 (1)– at the first booking you will have the opportunity to meet your consultant, have some questions prepared of things that are on your mind. Write them now so you don’t forget. You will be able to get a good sense of your consultant by how s/he answers your questions. Does s/he give you the time? Encourage you to ask questions? Make you feel comfortable? Make you feel involved in any decisions? Do you feel like you could grow to trust and have confidence in her/him? Think about the next few months, if a tough decision needed to be made, would s/he make you feel part of the decision process? If you don’t feel comfortable and don’t feel that your needs will be met, then you can actually change to a different consultant. It’s your money and your choice!

Remember that whatever option you choose; you do have a choice within your choice!

Decisions, Decisions, Maternity Care Options- CORK

A guide to choosing Maternity Care in Cork

Living in Cork, you might think what options?! We have only one maternity hospital so what other options do we have for maternity care?

While our options are undoubtedly limited, there are a number of choices for you to consider, when deciding what type of maternity care to choose during your pregnancy and for the birth of your baby.

From the moment you become pregnant there are so many decisions to make and I thought it would be helpful to have all the options in one place. There is very little information out there, that is relevant to Ireland, let allow Cork and a lot of the information is subjective and based on the experiences or opinions of individuals. So I wanted to reach out and provide some information to make it easier for new moms- to-be. It can be quite confusing to know where to turn at the beginning of your pregnancy.

  • Visit your GP

The first step is to visit your GP who will confirm the pregnancy for you, which is important if you need to hear it out loud from someone else to make it all feel real! (I personally also needed confirmation that I was not having a heart attack!).

What else to expect at your visit?

Your GP will register you for the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme which allows you 5 free (pregnancy related) GP visits until the birth of the baby and 2 visits after having your baby – the visit at 2 weeks after the birth is a health check for the baby and the visit at 6 weeks after the birth of your baby is for you.

Your GP visits will alternate with the hospital visits or home midwife visits, or consultant visits, depending on what you choose. This is also known as Combined Care. All women are entitled to free maternity care which includes all of the options below, with the exception of the Private Consultant led clinics, and includes the hospital accommodation before and after the birth of your baby.

At your first GP appointment, your GP will carry out some basic health checks, like blood pressure check, urine test and will book you in for some routine blood tests. Most GP clinics have a midwife who will see you at most of your appointments instead of the GP.

Your GP will usually ask you if you have Private Health Insurance and if you do, they will advise that you can consider private consultants and if you don’t have private insurance, they will automatically refer you to the public clinic in CUMH.

There are a few more options to consider besides going Public or Private which I will outline.

  • Consultant Led Public Clinic:

Who will provide your care during your pregnancy?

Attending the Public Clinic in CUMH means that you will attend a Consultant Obstetrician clinic for your antenatal health checks including blood pressure checks and urine checks (you will quickly get used to peeing into those tiny bottles!) and also for the ultrasound scans to check on your baby. While you will attend a consultant’s clinic, it is unlikely that you will actually meet the Consultant. A midwife will carry out the blood pressure checks and see how you are generally doing and one of a team of hospital doctors – Consultant Obstetrician, Registrar or Senior House Officer will carry out the scan. You will be offered approximately 3 scans (12 weeks, 20 weeks and another closer to the birth).

Who will take care of you during the labour and Birth of your baby?

During the labour and birth of your baby you will be cared for by a team of midwives and if there are any concerns then one of a team of hospital doctors under the Consultant or the on call doctor will be of assistance.

  • Midwifery Led Clinic

Who will provide your care during your pregnancy?

Midwifery delivered clinics are held in CUMH Outpatients department and at your first visit at the hospital. as a public patient, this option maybe offered to you. You will be seen only by one of the midwives and there is a greater chance that you will meet the same midwives throughout your pregnancy. If special circumstances present themselves during your pregnancy the midwife will refer you to the Consultant obstetrician as required. The midwifery clinics tend to be a little bit less busy and you may also get a little bit more time with the midwife.

Who will take care of you during the labour and Birth of your baby?

A team of hospital based midwives will support you during the labour and birth of your baby. If required the on call doctor will be also be available.

  • DOMINO Clinic: Maternity Led Clinic:

Who will provide your care during your pregnancy?

The DOMINO Clinic is Completely Midwifery Led meaning that at your antenatal visits you will see only a Midwife who will carry out all health checks and scans. If a special circumstance presents itself, then the midwife may call a hospital doctor to see you as necessary.

Who will take care of you during the labour and Birth of your baby?

During the labour and birth of your baby, you will be cared for by the same team of midwives that you would have met during your antenatal appointments. You will also be able to avail of the “Home from Home” birthing suite and you will be able to go home from six hours after giving birth. Furthermore the DOMINO midwife will visit you and your baby at your own home up to five days after giving birth. They will be able to check on the health of you and your baby as well as support you with breastfeeding.

Unfortunately the scheme is only available to women living within a five mile radius of CUMH.

  • Cois Tí (Cork University Maternity Hospital’s outreach clinic initiative)

At your 20 week appointment, you may be offered the option to attend the outreach clinics if you live near one of the outreach clinics and are considered low risk.

There are five outreach centres available in the following areas:

  • Mallow
  • Mitchelstown
  • Bantry
  • Mary’s Health Campus
  • Finbarr’s Hospital

The outreach clinics are mostly midwifery led clinics. The benefits of these clinics are that the waiting time is shorter and of course you will have a shorter distance to travel.

  • Home Birth (National Home birth Scheme provided by Self Employed Community Midwives)

Who will provide your care during your pregnancy?

The first step to make, if you are interested in a Home Birth, is to contact a Self Employed Community Midwife in your area. You will need to be assessed for eligibility before being accepted on the National Home Birth Scheme. This is a public service and although the midwife is self employed she is paid by the HSE.

You will need to source the midwife and then be assessed for eligibility. The list of available midwives is accessible on . When you are accepted on the National Home Birth Scheme you will have an initial appointment in CUMH.

Your GP will still need to register you under the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme and with CUMH. If you needed more specialised care during your pregnancy, you could be referred to the hospital; therefore you need to be registered with them.

You will be entitled to have 10 visits with your midwife during your pregnancy and up to 2 weeks after the birth, plus an 11th visit for the birth itself. Some of these visits will be at the midwife’s own clinic and some may be in your own home.

As you will also be covered under the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme, you will also have free visits to your GP in between the visits with your midwife.

Who will take care of you during the labour and Birth of your baby?

Your midwife will continue to care for you during the labour and birth of your baby and will also arrange for another midwife to be present. The home birth midwife usually offers a birthing pool for the birth. If for any reason you need to be transferred to the hospital for the birth of your baby, your midwife could still attend but in the capacity of a doula.

  • Private Consultant Led Care

Who will provide your care during your pregnancy?

If you choose a private consultant, you will need to have private health insurance and also willing to pay additional fees of around €3,000. You will need to choose your consultant and give them a call to book in and see if they are taking patients. You may ask your GP for some recommendations, conduct a little bit of research online or take recommendations from friends and family.

You will be given your first appointment at around 14 weeks. This appointment will involve seeing a midwife first, who will take your history and routine health checks and then you will meet your chosen consultant who will carry out the ultrasound and confirm the baby’s estimated due date.

You will continue to meet with your consultant and the midwife on the team at each of your antenatal appointments. Usually the consultant will request to see you every 4 weeks up until 32 weeks gestation, and then fortnightly or weekly until the birth. You will be scanned at each visit.

Who will take care of you during the labour and Birth of your baby?

When you go into labour you will meet with one of the team of midwives in the same way as a Public patient. Your consultant will be informed that you are in labour and will check in on you and your progress throughout the labour and offer instruction to the midwife as appropriate. The consultant will be called upon in order to be present for the birth of your baby and will provide the relevant care that may be required during and after the birth. Your consultant will normally visit you in the postnatal wards also.

  • Once you have chosen your maternity care option, what next?

As early as possible book into the antenatal classes and breastfeeding classes in CUMH, as they get booked up really quickly.

Alternatively you can book private antenatal classes and there are also plenty of private breastfeeding classes available.

And finally, book you and your partner on a HypnoBirthing course to ensure you feel completely prepared for the birth of your baby.





My Journey to HypnoBirthing

HypnoBirthing journey

10th January 2012, I was about two weeks pregnant. I was terrified.  I didn’t need the first pregnancy test to confirm it, or the second or the third, I felt it all week. I just knew. I had been married for four years, we had our own house, secure jobs and I had run out of reasons for why we should hold off starting a family of our own. The only reason was fear. I had always wanted children, but I was terrified of being pregnant and the idea of giving birth was simply horrifying to me. Oh if only the whole stork story was true!

I was shocked that I had got pregnant so quickly. I honestly assumed it would not happen for me. Clearly my body was ready for pregnancy but my mind was not ready at all. I started to think there was something seriously wrong with me; so many women would be thrilled to be pregnant so quickly. After the final confirmation of the pregnancy from my GP, I eventually told my husband who was naturally delighted with the news (but a little confused why it took me nearly a week to tell him).

As the weeks went by, I tried to settle down and enjoy being pregnant. I really wanted to embrace pregnancy and celebrate the life growing inside of me, but I was wreck. I feared the impending blood tests and examinations that might be required throughout the pregnancy (I am or should I say, I was the type of person, who would faint just visiting someone in hospital). I broke out in a cold sweat anytime anyone tried to talk about their own birthing experience – they were rarely positive experiences and I didn’t want to hear it. The only birth stories, I had heard about and was hearing about, were traumatic, difficult and painful. The images I had associated with labour and birth were those of a woman screaming in pain and agony, on the verge of breaking her husband’s hand. Not exactly something I was in a hurry to experience.

I worried about everything. Everything from what type of cosmetics were safe to use, and what food I should eat or not eat, what types of exercise I should do or avoid.  I counted down the days to the first scan; I couldn’t wait to hear that the baby was alright and to see him or her for the first time. I was thrilled to see everything looked normal and perfect – two little legs, two little arms, a normal spine, a healthy heart. Having the scan, brought a little comfort for a while, the baby was perfect, I was doing ok as a mom so far. I bawled my eyes out with happiness and most of all relief. Most of the couples in the waiting area, gave me sympathetic looks as I walked out- they assumed I had just received terrible news! While I was relieved, at the same time, I felt even more overwhelmed by the responsibly of growing a little tiny human and my anxieties grew. Was there any pleasing me?!

In the second trimester when most mums to be might start checking off the shopping lists for the baby equipment and accessories, I refused to go shopping for cots and travel systems, and would rush past the baby section in Debenhams. I only thought about the dreaded labour day more and more. I now wanted to know what all of my options were and researched everything, which may seem surprising, but I actually wanted to know everything. I still didn’t want to hear anyone else story I just wanted to know facts. All the details. It was as if I was studying for a midwifery degree. I had no idea how I was going to get through labour but I knew, I couldn’t possibly have a needle in my spine and couldn’t handle the idea of not being in control, not being able to move during labour and not being able to feel. It just didn’t seem right to me. I certainly didn’t want any medication that might put my baby at risk. But did that mean I wanted a natural birth? How was I supposed to do that, if I was terrified of everything?!

My brother in law and his wife were expecting their first baby two months before me. When their baby girl arrived in July, I went to visit them at the hospital with anticipation; I was going to be next. The visit to see the new baby and new mom was not what I had expected at all. First of all, I did not faint (that was a first!). Secondly, the new mom bounced out of the bed when we arrived and looked completely relaxed and refreshed, even though she had just given birth a few hours beforehand. We had heard that they had taken Hypnobirthing classes and that mom was going to just “breath” the baby out, but I had no idea what it was all about and was completely sceptical. I thought, well if it was that easy then why doesn’t everyone do it?! Nonetheless, it was clear to me that these classes had made a big difference to her birthing experience and I needed to find out more. So I started my research. More research!

After reading just a few pages of HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method book, I had my light bulb moment. It all made perfect sense. The philosophy was simple. Birth is normal and natural. Of course it is! My body was perfectly designed to carry a healthy baby and it was perfectly designed to give birth comfortably. More importantly, only then did I realise, everything that I had feared about birth, had nothing to do with a natural birth. My fears were actually everything associated with a medicalised birth. So there was another way to birth, a better way, a calmer way.

I became the best HypnoBirthing student. Now that I knew, HypnoBirthing was the only option for me, I was determined and dedicated. I started listening to the rainbow relaxation music every evening, I practically ate the book and very quickly, I could feel the changes within me. I started to relax and enjoy every kick that the baby made. I finally started to prepare for my baby’s arrival. This preparation not only took the form of finally buying travel systems and car seats (to the delight of my excited husband) but by preparing my mind and body for the birth. I practised my breathing and visualisation techniques every morning and evening while listening to my relaxation music. My fears were slowly ebbing away day by day. I was finally enjoying my pregnancy. I was even excited. Excited about labour, can you imagine?!

My husband and I learned so many amazing tools that opened the lines of communication between us, so that we both knew and understood what we both wanted on our baby’s birthing day. We felt empowered and prepared to deal with any twists and turns that the pregnancy may have taken. We had confidence that we would be able to make clear decisions when needed because we would not be consumed with irrational fear. We were completely prepared with techniques to guide us in having a comfortable birth.

While I had a long labour, I stayed calm and in control throughout, and at 11.30pm on 20th September 2012, I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl, Isabelle. I went on to have two more gorgeous HypnoBirthing births, Alisha age 3 going on 13 and a little boy Casey, who just turned 1, last December.

HypnoBirthing allowed me to have a pregnancy that I actually enjoyed (eventually) and absolutely allowed me to have a calm and comfortable birth that I didn’t know was possible. I know for sure that I would not have had the same experience without the HypnoBirthing programme. Looking back, it seems to me, that I instinctively wanted a natural birth but did not know how, because my thoughts and perception of birth were blurred by everyone else’s birth stories and what I had heard from family and friends, as well as, every movie involving a woman in labour that I had ever seen.

But what made me so different to all the other women that I know who had difficult birthing experiences? Why did I have the joy of a beautiful birth and theirs were filled with trauma? Well, with the help of the HypnoBirthing programme, I was able to let go of all the negativity that I felt and thought about birth, and focused on my own journey. Essential, I was “dehypnotised”. When I was free of fear, I allowed myself to embrace birth and work with my body and my baby. As, Marie Mongan, put it so eloquently in HypnoBirthing, The Mongan Method, “when you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”

So maybe your fear isn’t as great or crazy as mine was, but if it helped me so much, imagine how it could impact your birthing experience. Every woman should have a calm, empowering birthing experience. So what do you think? Are you ready to change the way you view birth?

My First Pregnancy

A couple of days passed my due date, I had a birth show and instead of panicking like I thought I would, I was actually excited. This meant my baby would be coming soon. I rang my husband at work, just to tell him the good news and naturally he immediately asked did I need him to come home. When I told him that there was no need, he was baffled and thought that I was joking. Could his once nervous and anxious wife really be that relaxed about the first signs of labour? Seems, so, I was completely relaxed.

Another two days passed and I started to get mild cramps, like period pain, late in the evening. I took a bath and headed off to bed hoping that something would happen the next day. I woke at about 5am unable to sleep any longer with the sensations. I went to the kitchen and sat on the exercise ball then decided I should wake my husband up because I did not want him to miss the action. I wanted him to be a part of the experience. When I woke him telling him I was in labour and he should make me tea and toast, (well he might as well make himself useful, right?), there was once again disbelief in his voice. He could not believe that I would be so calm and excited. It was not the reaction he expected from me. Of course, we had been preparing for the birth and labour and had become avid students of the HypnoBirthing programme but the change in my attitude towards birth was so dramatic that it was difficult to wrap his head around it.

We happened to have my consultant appointment that day and decided to keep the appointment, so that she could confirm whether or not this was real labour!! I did bring the labour bag just in case. I decided to get examined and, well, I was 5 cm dilated. I was thrilled. The consultant was amazed, as well as being a bit annoyed at the receptionist for keeping me waiting for so long. But the poor woman had no idea. I didn’t really give much away. I had been focusing on my calm breath and surge breath while waiting to be seen. My consultant booked me into a labour room in CUMH, straightaway and we headed off for lunch in the cafe at the hospital, while waiting for the room. It’s still hard to believe that I casually went off for lunch in the middle of labour! It sounds like more we were waiting for a hotel suite to be prepared!

When the labour room was ready for me, I met with the midwife who would be looking after me and after having a chat with her, I decided to go to the birthing pool. It was so warm, lovely and relaxing. I felt really comfortable but after maybe an hour or so I felt like I wanted to move around more so I decided to come out and walked around for a while. I had it in my head, that in order for labour to progress, I needed to keep moving and walking. However walking up and down the corridor was just exhausting and well, honestly, monotonous. I did find the beautiful little prayer room, which was a gorgeous little sanctuary and helped me focus my mind and thoughts. I headed back to my labour room which I really had not made use of at all since arriving. The midwife was happy for me to come back and to get a chance to see how baby as doing. She was about to arrange a search party.

It was a little surreal to sit on the exercise ball and do some of my yoga exercises while looking across at Wilton Shopping Centre. How many times had I been at the shopping centre and looked over at the maternity hospital, and imagined that there was a woman having a horrendous experience in the labour rooms? I never imagined labour could be so calm. After a light sandwich I settled on to the bed, where my husband Kevin and the midwife had made a little nest for me. I continued to listen to my rainbow relaxation music, throughout labour, although every now and then I would switch to Muse, just to mix it up a little! While the labour was long and slow I remained calm and in control throughout. There was no place for fear in my labour room!

While everything went going very smoothly, there were a number of distractions throughout the labour such as being offered pethidine, more than once, along with being questioned continuously about what I was doing with the headphones and also having a nurse, who must have been responsible for bed management shout into the room “get that baby out”. Amazingly with the support of my husband and the power of HypnoBirthing I was able to continue, to tune into my body and drown out all of the other noises and distractions that were around me.

I am not great for remembering the exact timeline for everything that happened throughout my labour because I simply did not pay any attention to the time or give it any focus. I was not in any hurry anywhere so what would be the point! I continued to listen to rainbow relaxation and focused on my breathing. There was a shift change of the nurses and the new nurse that was assigned to me was just incredible. She knew about HypnoBirthing and gave me the room and space and time to birth the way I wanted to.

At some point my waters released and I was thankful I was in the labour room and not pacing the corridors when that happened. As labour advanced and the surges (contractions) became more frequent and more intense, I went deeper and deeper into myself and focused more on my body and my breathing and visualised my baby travelling smoothly and comfortably down my birth path. Kevin started getting the baby clothes ready and laying out the blankets and nappies. Even at this stage, it was hard to imagine a baby would be arriving soon.

Labour seemed to stall for a little while and there was talk of syntocinon and getting a drip organised, however Kevin was my voice again at this vital moment and asked that I would be given more time. It was not long before, I noticed a desire to change the way I was breathing and started to breathe downwards. There was suddenly a rush of midwives around the room getting ready for the arrival, along with my consultant who timed her arrival nicely. I started to get a lot of instruction about what to do at this point, “push now”“one more big push” and it all got very confusing. I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. My legs were starting to get shaky and I was suddenly hit with exhaustion. Kevin reminded me to focus on my own breath and reminded me of my visualisations. It took me a moment or two but I soon tuned back in to my body and baby. I had a little chat to my baby, just to say that I was looking forward to welcoming her into the world, and after a few huge breaths my baby girl, Isabelle arrived at 8 lbs 4 oz. She was put to my chest and I was in awe. Love struck! Kevin had proudly made the announcement that the baby was a little girl. She had beautiful dark brown hair and gorgeous squishy cheeks. She was alert and calm and had stayed comfortable through her journey. After a couple of minutes, Kevin cut the cord and we both just stared at the wonderful baby mesmerised. I did have a little tear and needed a couple of stitches but it was only a minor tear and was not too problematic.

I had the most amazing and wonderful calm experience and I know it would have been very different without the knowledge and powerful techniques I learned through HypnoBirthing.

What is HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method™?

HypnoBirthing is a simple, well structured childbirth education programme that teaches you and your birth companion, essential skills that will change the way you think about birthing and will assist you in having a positive birthing experience……

HypnoBirthing is a simple, well structured childbirth education programme that teaches you and your birth companion, essential skills that will change the way you think about birthing and will assist you in having a positive birthing experience. HypnoBirthing uses the following techniques:

  • Self hypnosis – to help you remain calm and focused
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques – to help you stay comfortable and in control
  • Visualisation – to help you work with your body and stay positive
  • Education surrounding pregnancy and childbirth- so that you can make informed decisions

The skills and methods that you will learn to promote a calm and stress free labour and birth, are lifelong skills that you take with you following the birth of your baby.

The philosophy behind HypnoBirthing is simple – childbirth is normal and natural, not something to be feared. Birthing your baby can be a rewarding, relaxing and stress free experience.  Your baby will come into this world in an atmosphere of calm and joy.

HypnoBirthing uses a holistic approach that focuses on the physical and psychological nature of birthing. By understanding the many wonderful ways that the body works for you during labour and birth, you will be able to assist the body and work with it, in order to facilitate the natural birthing process and help to reduce discomfort.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the following:

  • The many ways the female body is perfectly designed for birthing
  • How a unique range of hormones are released to facilitate your birthing muscles to work in harmony, to reduce or eliminate pain and to create feelings of relaxation and euphoria
  • How Endorphins are released to inhibit the release of “stress” hormones that lead to the “Fear, Tension, Pain” syndrome.
  • The Natural Expulsive Reflex
  • Rhythmic Surges

HypnoBirthing brings back the simplicity of birth itself and teaches you to trust your body and baby during this process. Through learning and practising simple yet effective techniques, you will learn how to recondition your mind and body for birthing and to release any negative thoughts about birth.

We are constantly exposed to negative images and stories about labour and birth from the media and even from family and friends. We have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is an evitable part of labour and because of this we become fearful of giving birth. This fear causes our bodies to become tense and prohibits our bodies from birthing the way nature intended, which can result in long, painful labours with unnecessary interventions. Birth can be a positive experience but we have to retrain our minds and let go of all negativity and allow ourselves to think positively about labour and birth.

The HypnoBirthing programme consists of 5 comprehensive sessions, where you will learn how to reconnect with your natural ability to birth free from fear. You will finish the programme feeling empowered, educated and excited about your upcoming birth.

HypnoBirthing – the Mongan Methodis a well established antenatal education programme with over 25 years of experience and success. Founded by Marie Mongan in 1989, today HypnoBirthing has become a well established International programme in 45 countries worldwide!



Benefits of Hypnobirthing – The Mongan Method™?

What you will get out of it:
•You and your birth companion will be equipped with invaluable tools and techniques to ensure you have a more comfortable, calm and stress free birth
•Any fears and concerns you may have surrounding childbirth will be eliminated and replaced with optimism, excitement and positivity surrounding your labour and birth

What you will get out of it:

  • You and your birth companion will be equipped with invaluable tools and techniques to ensure you have a more comfortable, calm and stress free birth
  • Any fears and concerns you may have surrounding childbirth will be eliminated and replaced with optimism, excitement and positivity surrounding your labour and birth
  • You will receive unbiased education on the anatomy and physiology of labour and birth so that you can make informed decisions
  • You will learn all about the amazing ways your body and baby work together during childbirth
  • You will learn how you can facilitate this natural process to ensure it is more comfortable, shorter and even enjoyable
  • Your birth companion will feel confident in their role as your support person and know what techniques to use to make you more relaxed and calm
  • Your baby will be born alert, to a calm and energised mom

HypnoBirthing Statistics

HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method TM has statistically proven positive results that HypnoBirthing® moms birth more comfortably

  • 77% of HypnoBirthing® mothers who birthed vaginally did so without epidural
  • 45% of HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed in under eight hours
  • 17% of HypnoBirthing® mothers birthed via C-section
  • 9.5% of HypnoBirthing® mothers chose to birth in the comfort of their homes

(data provided by HypnoBirthing® Institute, between 2005-2010)






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The Programme

The HypnoBirthing programme consists of 5 sessions lasting 2 ½ hours, and includes a book and CD/MP3 of relaxation music. Group sessions are available to no more than 6 couples to maintain an intimate atmosphere. Private sessions are available in the comfort of your own home….

The Programme

The HypnoBirthing programme consists of 5 sessions lasting 2 ½ hours, and includes a book and CD/MP3 of relaxation music. Group sessions are available to no more than 6 couples to maintain an intimate atmosphere. Private sessions are available in the comfort of your own home.

What you will Learn:

Session 1 – Building A Positive Expectancy

  • Education surrounding HypnoBirthing and its philosophy
  • Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birth by understanding how the female body is perfectly designed for birthing
  • How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts and work with your body to support the birthing process
  • Visualising gentle births by viewing gentle, calm and beautiful birthing videos

Session 2 – Falling in Love with Your Baby/Preparing Mind & Body

  • How you influence the physical and psychological development of your unborn baby with prenatal bonding techniques
  • Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques
  • Essential and empowering Breathing techniques for a comfortable labour and birth
  • Hypnotic relaxation and visualisation techniques
  • The Birth companion’s role in birthing- the birth companion is an active participant and plays a vital role in supporting mom
  • Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning

Session 3 – Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby

  • Preparing Birth Preference Sheets
  • Preparing your Body for Birthing
  • Light Touch Labour Massage
  • Education surrounding Natural induction of labour and medical induction of labour
  • Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts
  • Visualising gentle births by viewing gentle, calm and beautiful birth films.

Session 4 – An Overview of Birthing – A Labour of Love

  • Onset of Labour – Thinning and Opening Phase
  • Birth explained simply, hallmarks of labour
  • Options to consider if labour rests or slows
  • What to expect as labour advances – birthing with your baby
  • Birth rehearsal imagery

Session 5 – Birth, Breathing Love, Bringing Life

  • Overview of the birthing phase
  • Positions for descent and birthing
  • Breathing baby down to birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Skin to skin contact and Family bonding with your baby