HypnoBirthing Practioner Training is coming to Jamaica!

Marie Mongan - Founder of HypnoBirthing

Marie Mongan – Founder of HypnoBirthing

Marie Mongan, founder of the global HypnoBirthing movement, is coming IN PERSON to Jamaica to train new HypnoBirthing Practioners in January!!

The dates are Tuesday 20th January to Friday 23rd January, venue: Crowne Plaza, Manor Park, Kingston 8, and the price of the course is $650 US. To book your place now, call the HypnoBirthing Institute office on +1 353 561 4296.  

If you aren’t a birthing professional you will also need to take a ‘Birthing Basics’ home study course for an additional $50.

I passionately believe in the power of HypnoBirthing to help people have better natural births here in Jamaica and am delighted at the prospect of more people teaching it! And with a third baby due very soon, I won’t be able to teach it myself very much next year – and expectant mums need to know about it!

Business brings more business

If you’re wondering how much business is out there – all I know is the more I teach it, the more peoiple I get ringing asking for classes. So the more the merrier! Also – people are often asking me for classes at times I don’t want to do – saturdays for example, or mornings – so I think there is plenty of work out there for qualified teachers. Plus of course, I am only offering classes in Kingston – there is definitely a call for lots more classes here, but also in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios!

Have a read of the ebrochure below and drop me an email to lizzieshh@gmail.com if you’re interested in starting a fascinating new job as a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner. You can teach it as often or as infrequently as you like.



The Wave of the Future in Birthing Education

Mongan Method HypnoBirthing®

Offering the Most Comprehensive Educational Programs for Birthing and Beyond

4-Day, 32-hour professional workshop for nurses, doulas, midwives, physicians, naturopaths, chiropractors, hypnotherapists, childbirth educators, allied health professionals, all with interest in birthing and babies and parents.

Enjoy the rewards that come from teaching relaxation, visualization, fear release, and guided imagery to assist pregnant couples in achieving a gentle, normal, safer, and more comfortable birthing that most mirrors nature’s way.

Join the international network of HypnoBirthing® childbirth professionals, who find it professionally exciting, personally heartwarming and rewarding to work with the most remarkable technique to appear on the birthing scene in several decades.

The course gives you:

  • 32 hours credit toward certification as hypnotist – NGH and IACT
  • Approved for Hypnotherapy CEUs
  • Nursing CEUs by ANCC
  • Midwifery CEUs by ACNM & MEAC

HypnoBirthing Advantages

  • Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension and, thus, pain
  • Greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers
  • Shortens the first phase of labour
  • Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake and with energy
  • Helps keep oxygen supplied to baby during birthing
  • Reduces the need for an episiotomy
  • Reduces and often eliminates fatigue during labour
  • Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby
  • Gives the birthing companion in an integral role in the birthing
  • Embraces the concept of pre-birth parenting
  • Teaches breathing techniques that allow a woman to gently breathe her baby into the world without the violence of hard, forced pushing

About HypnoBirthing®

HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing and stress free undisturbed birthing. HypnoBirthing teaches women and birthing companions the art and joy of experiencing birth in a safe, more comfortable manner for themselves and their babies. Through guided imagery and self-hypnosis women learn how to call upon their bodies’ own natural endorphins and thus eliminate or greatly reduce the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when the mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with women in other cultures and with all other creatures.

You will be fascinated as you view HypnoBirthing® videos showing labouring mothers, awake, alert and in good humour, as they experience safe, gentle birth – free of the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome and free of unnecessary interruption. HypnoBirthing teaches a woman how to release all prior programming about birth, to free herself of limiting thoughts and emotions that lead to pain-causing fear and resistant muscles, and to trust her body and work with the flow and rhythm of her labour.

HypnoBirthing helps all women, including those who are high-risk, to rediscover their natural birthing instinct, and birth more comfortably. Mums are awake, aware, and fully in control, but deeply relaxed as they birth their babies into the world.

“According to physiological law, all natural, normal functions of the body are achieved without peril or pain. Birth is a natural, normal physiological function for normal, healthy women and their healthy babies. It can, therefore, be inferred that healthy women, carrying healthy babies, can safely birth without peril or pain.” Dr. Jon Dye, Easier Childbirth, Buffalo, 1891

Course Information: A four-day workshop leading to certification as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner

Cost: US $650 (special rate for Jamaican trainees) Tuition includes a Syllabus for the introductory course offered during the first two days, a copy of the textbook “HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method”, complete with a program CD; a DVD of seven HypnoBirthings; a CD with relaxation conditioning and birth affirmations; an 98-page practitioner’s teaching syllabus with class outlines, scripts and demonstrations; six hand posters for classroom use; a CD of forms and handouts and other visual handouts. If you need to do the home study ‘Birthing Basics’ course first, this will be an additional $50 (special rate for Jamaican trainees) – for more details see below.

To book your place on this exciting course, call the HypnoBirthing Institute office now on call the office on +1 353 561 4296.   

Certification also includes a listing on our on-line referral system, access to our Resource files, a copy of our newsletter four times a year, regular updates, and membership to our chat group.

Attendance at a HypnoBirthing Practitioner Certification Workshop does not automatically equate to certification. Each candidate must submit a successfully completed review of the program following the course.

Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® respects birth as a natural extension of the love and sexuality of a man and a woman; therefore, we believe birth is not about doctors, nurses, midwives or childbirth educators. It’s about mothers AND fathers and babies – FAMILIES. Our role is to assist by cultivating respect for the rights and wishes of families to bring their babies into the world in a gentle, calm and undisturbed manner. It’s about helping women learn to call upon their natural birthing instincts. It’s about inspired parents, learning to take responsibility for their own births by actively seeking the right care provider. It’s about empowered parents, welcoming their babies into the world in a “Celebration of life”.

Course Content – Segment 1: Prerequisite courses*

Introduction to Birthing Basics – required for all persons who do not have a professional background in birthing. Can be taken as a home study course for $50 (special rate for Jamaican trainees).

  • The Beautiful Female Birthing Body
  • Anatomy of The Female Reproductive System
  • Internal & External Structures
  • Conception and Early fetal development
  • Characteristics of The uterus
  • Fundus, Body, Cervix
  • The Baby’s Support System
  • Amniotic Sac
  • Placenta
  • Umbilical Cord
  • Three Trimesters of Pregnancy
  • Physical Changes during Pregnancy
  • Fetal Positioning during Pregnancy
  •  Turning Breech Presented Babies.
  • Labour Signals – Normal / Unanticipated
  • Characteristics of Managed Labuor
  • Characteristics of HypnoBirthing Labour
  • Onset of Labour – Spontaneous / Induction techniques
  • Fetal Positioning during Birth
  • Laboir Stages As Defined in Typical Birthing
  • Labor Phases as Defined in HypnoBirthing
  • Mother Directed Birthing

Introduction to Hypnosis for Birthing—required for all persons who do not have certification in hypnosis

  • Applications of hypnosis
  • Attitudes about hypnosis
  • Basics of Brainwave activity
  • Laws of the mind
  • Rationale for Hypnosis in Birthing
  • Understanding Clients’ Learning Styles
  • Direct and Permissive Hypnosis Approaches
  • Steps to Achieving Hypnosis
  • Dangers of Unqualified Therapy
  • Mind/Body Association and Application
  • Judging Trance Depth
  • Guidelines for Achieving change
  • Eye Fixation/Closure
  • Elman – Ericksonian – Shanti Leads
  • Eye-lift Conversion Lead
  • Deepening Techniques
  • Posthypnotic Suggestions
  • Alerting Techniques


Course Content – Segment II – HypnoBirthing Practitioner Certification Program

  •  HypnoBirthing Philosophy and Beginnings
  • How The Uterus Works Normally in Birthing
  • What’s wrong with Labor—Why Labor Hurts
  • How Fear Affects Labor
  • Origin of Fear and Pain in Labor
  • Pre-Birth Parenting and Fetology
  • Selecting the right Care Provider
  • Preparing The Mind and Body for Birth
  • Hypnosis Deepening and Visualization
  • Releasing Fear and Limiting Thoughts
  • Building a Partnership with Care Providers
  • Looking at The “Due Date”
  • Avoiding Artificial Induction
  • Preparing the Birth Preferences Sheets
  • How Your Body and Baby work with You
  • The onset of Labour
  • Breathing Through Labour
  • The Hallmarks of Labour
  • Perinatal Bonding
  • Breathing Through Labour
  • Breathing with Birth
  • Bonding with Baby

Registration Information:

Tuition for all four days – $750 (Early Bird Registration $700.) Registration may be made by telephone with a credit card or PayPal.

The first two days of the course is spent doing Segment 1 -  either ‘Birthing Basics’ or the ‘Introduction to Hypnosis’. If you are a birthing professional, you do not need to do Birthing Basics. If you are certified hpnotherapist, you do not need to do ‘Introduction to Hypnosis’.

If you need to take both the Birthing Basics and the Introduction to Hypnosis part of the course, you will need to do Birthing Basics as a home study course at an additional cost $150. This includes Manual, 3 DVDs, and a Birth Reference Book.

HypnoBirthing® Institute
110-2 Sheep Davis Rd. Pembroke, NH 03275
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 3:00pm EST

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds will be granted up to two weeks prior to the start of the workshop. No refunds will be granted after that date. When a refund is deemed appropriate, an administrative fee of $75, in addition to the cost of any materials received by the enrollee, or fees, will be deducted from the refund. In cases where a student withdraws and is entitled to a refund, he/she may choose to apply the tuition to a later class with the same instructor with no penalty

About the Founder

Marie Mongan, founder of HypnoBirthing®, is an award-winning therapist and a licensed counselor with over 30 years’ experience in counseling on the college level and in the private sector. She holds many awards in hypnotherapy and was named 2011 Birth Hero by the London-based One world Birth Organization. In 2005 she become the first woman ever to receive the National Guild of Hypnotists highest honor. In 2010 she was awarded the Ormond McGill Chair, one of the field’s highest distinctions. She was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Assn. of Counselors and Therapists in May of 2013..

Early in her career, she was named one of five outstanding educational leaders in New Hampshire. And in 1992, she was selected to teach in Moscow as a diplomat for the Bridges for Peace Foundation.

She is the mother of four adult children, born in the mid-50s and early 60s, using the theories of Grantly Dick-Read, on whose work HypnoBirthing is partly based.

Her book, HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method, is among the best selling childbirth education textbooks, and is the text used in HypnoBirthing® classes.

The HypnoBirthing® Premise

For most of their lives, women have been inundated with the negative stories of other women’s birth experiences. Everyone, from their mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even strangers, wants to tell them the horrors of giving birth. They have been conditioned to believe that excruciating pain is associated with birth; and because of this, women today hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth. This extreme fear causes their bodies to become tense, and that tension prohibits their bodies from easily performing a normal physiological function. The result? -exactly what they feared most – long, painful birthings.

People who are drawn to this method of childbirth have long been searching for a way to help women give birth as calmly, safely, and gently as possible. Until HypnoBirthing, it almost seemed unattainable.

Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis, ultimate relaxation and education, women learn to work through fear-based stories and misinformation, and they are helped to see birth as normal. They learn to trust that their bodies know exactly how to bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way that Nature intended.

Visit our website at www.HypnoBirthing.com

What people are saying about the training:

  • “HypnoBirthing® has changed the way I practice Obstetrics.” Dr. Jeffrey Segil, FACOG, Dover, NH
  • A thoroughly thought-out and well-organized program. HypnoBirthing® is a wonderful gift to all birthing women.” -Pam Shareen, Director, Labor & Birthing Unit, Worcester Memorial Hospital, MA
  • “The concepts are so easily understood and presented in a forthright manner. The instructor is a gifted educator.” Norma Citron, Certified Hypnotherapist Calabasas, CA
  •  “HypnoBirthing® is the missing link that those of us in the birthing field have been seeking for years.” Nancy Wainer, CPM, Midwife and Author, MA “Silent Knife” and “Open Season”
  • “I would be happy to attend 10 HypnoBirthings a day. This is so amazing.”  Dr. Deborah Meuller, FACO, Frisbee Memorial Hospital, NH
  • “This is the way most births should be—simple, calm, and undisturbed.”  Maria Williamson, Midwife, Lancashire, England,
  • “A fantastic, well-developed course. Every midwife and every birthing woman should do HypnoBirthing.”  Karen Steele , midwife, United Kingdom
  • “I used to deliver babies; now I attend births and watch the miracle unfold. “ Lorne Campbell, Sr., M.D., Supervisor of Residents, Mercer School of Medicine
  • I thought I was a good midwife until I took the HypnoBirthing® Program. Now I’m an outstanding midwife. Carol Porter, CNM
  • I’ve been a Labor & Birthing nurse for 17+ years; and after attending HypnoBirthing couples, I’ll never look at birth in the same light. It’s incredible. Judy Richardson, RN, Traveling Nurse



Next classes

Time & Place: All clasess are at 7.15pm – 9.45pm at my home near Arcadia Drive, Kingston 8. The classes in Jan / February will be my last classes for a while, as I am due my third baby at the end of February!

Classes for Nov / Dec 2014

  1. Tuesday 18th November
  2. Tuesday 25th November
  3. Tuesday 2nd December
  4. Tuesday 9th December
  5. Thursday 11th Decembe

If possible, please come with your partner to as many sessions as possible. Hynobirthing works best when your partner or birthing companion (your mother, friend or whoever you are planning on having with you on the day!) is fully involved. Then they can help you practice the relaxation techniques coming up to the birth, stay relaxed during the birth itself and feel confident about sticking up for your birthing choices on the day. All of this will help ensure you have the gentle birth you are hoping for.

Learn ‘HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method’ and enjoy an easier, safer, more comfortable natural birth!

These will be my last classes for a while as I am expecting my third baby in February 2015! If you are interested in becoming a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner yourself have a look at the training set up for January here. If you are interested in coming to my next set of classes, I will probably start up again around June, so do contact me at  lizzieshh@gmail.com.

Useful Contacts for Expectant and New Mums in Kingston

Nurse ShawQualified maternity nurse
547 2062 / 391 6706 – Need a break? Get Nurse Shaw in and have a much needed night’s rest. She works a 12 hour shift, staying awake all night so you don’t have to! Excellent at helping you reset wakeful baby’s sleeping pattern.

Khara Perkins - Private yoga teacher – can do prenatal / postnatal yoga
artasone@gmail.com – Increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy and labour with prenatal yoga. And bounce back quicker with post natal yoga!

Tioma AllisonHomebirth Midwife / Homeopath
Meskhenet.tioma@gmail.com – 466 7555 – Tioma recently relocated to Jamaica from the US, where over 25 years she attended more than 2000 homebirths, many of them water births. Has her own birthing pools. She is a qualified homeopath and a registered to practice as a nurse / midwife here in Jamaica.

Natalie ReidSwedish Massage / Prenatal Massage / Doula-in-Training
nataliegreid@gmail.com – 483 4994 – Natalie does home visits or you can come to the True Self Meditiation Centre.

Violet Griffith – Lactation Consultant
776 9711 – violet@momsmilkmatters.com – www.momsmilkmatters.com – Violet can help with everything to do with breasfeeding: lactation coaching, antenatal preparation, postnatal assistance, lactation crisis management. If you are having trouble breast-feeding, don’t give up just yet! Get some expert advice.

Saphire Longmore – Psychiatrist
844 4155 – drsaphirelongmore@gmail.com

Julia – Home Manicure / Pedicures / Waxing
374 3896Stuck at home with the baby? Treat yourself to some pampering with Julia.


HypnoBirthing Jamaica at FitMAMA Workshop 2014

Thanks to all of you who came to this lovely event at Eden Gardens! It’s always exciting to get lots of pregnant mamas together in the same space, and wonderful to meet so many of you. Good luck to all of you who came. Remember, “When the way you view birth changes, the way you birth will change”; Marie Mongan.



  • Date: October 4th
  • Venue: Eden Gardens, 39 Lady Musgrave Road.
  • Time: 10.30am -1.30p
  • Cost: $1500 to join in.

You’ll discover all sorts of tips and techniques to help you stay fit and happy during pregnancy, from my own short HypnoBirthing presentation to nutrition and exercise tips for pregnant and new mamas – plus some aqua aerobics to try out, so bring your swimming gear!

About HypnoBirthing

The Marie Mongan Method

HypnoBirthing® is a philosophy and a technique developed by Marie Mongan that teaches you how to achieve a safer, easier and more comfortable birth. You’ll learn to release any negative expectations about birth, which creates the pain-causing fear that causes birthing muscles to become tight and unyielding. You’ll learn how to make the most of your body’s relaxation hormones and how to trust your birthing body and baby to work together in perfect harmony, just the way nature intended.

You’ll practice self-hypnosis, special breathing techniques and positive visualization, aided by your partner. Give him the tools he needs to feel confident in helping you have the birth you want! And, you’ll see videos showing HypnoBirthing mothers, awake, alert and happy as they experience calm, joyful births. By preparing your mind and body for childbirth properly, you will reduce or even eliminate, the experience of pain and the need for medication.

HypnoBirthing® teaches you trust your own natural birthing instincts. You’ll never be in a trance or a sleep state during the course or on the birthing day itself. You’ll learn how to let your mind and body become profoundly relaxed, yet remain fully aware and in control. Breathe your baby into the world!



  • Teaches deep levels of relaxation to break the fear-tension-pain cycle
  • Reduces and often eliminates the need for painkillers
  • Shortens first phase of labor
  • Leaves mother alert, fresh, awake and with energy
  • Keeps oxygen supplied to baby during birthing (no ‘forced pushing’)
  • Reduces liklihood of tearning or episiotomy
  • Gives birthing companion an integral role in the birthing
  • Teaches pre-birth parenting

 What People Are Saying

  • “I love the philosophy; I love the instructor’s teaching manner. Thanks to HypnoBirthing®, and the support I received, my baby’s birth was wonderful. I was confident and free of fear.” – Kristin Miranda, NH
  • “It was undoubtedly the most calm, exhilarating, beautiful birth (not to mention one of the shortest) I’ve attended so far as a birth doula. I plan to suggest it to all my upcoming clients.” - Leila Botsford, C.D.
  • “HypnoBirthing® has changed the way I practice obstetrics.” - Dr. Jeffrey Segil, FACOG, NH
  • “Outstanding! Easy-to-learn relaxation and breathing patterns guided me through a five- hour, pain-free labor. I will treasure the experience forever!” - Kim Sweers, FL
  • “Wonderful! I tell everyone that it is the only way…my doctor is so impressed!” - Katharine Oliver, NC
  • “My baby’s birth was the most amazing experience. I love this program and am deeply led to teach it.”   – Alicia Watson, CO
Inspiring Quotes

“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pullback from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.” Virginia Di Orio

“Change the way you view birth, and the way you birth will change”. Marie Mongan

Interview on Nationwide Fm, Jamaica.

Interview on Nationwide FM

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Vernon Derby on Nationwide FM on June 5th, here in Kingston, Jamaica. It was part of his ‘At your Service’ show, and Vernon wanted to know all about how HypnoBirthing works, what classes involve, what Dads get out it etc.  He amazed me with his open-mindedness to HypnoBirthing techniques. Have a listen to the show!

Part 1

Part 2


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Your Instructor

Originally from London, I studied Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2001. I lived in Dublin until 2012, working as a digital copywriter. In January 2012, my husband got a job with Digicel in Jamaica, and we moved to Kingston, me pregnant with our first child. We’ve been here 2 years now, and I just had my second baby!


I had been practicing HypnoBirthing techniques for the birth of my first child, and felt calm and confident throughout the pregnancy, even when we moved here at a very late stage. My labour was quick; 7 hours in total, only an hour of which was in the hospital. I’m convinced HypnoBirthing contributed enormously to me approaching my son’s birth without fear, and allowing myself to let go completely during labour and follow the increasinly intense surges from deep within my birthing body.

My only regret was delivering lying on my back and being told when to push. This is the prevailing method of delivery in Jamaica, and I am dedicated to help mums demand a different choice, and help their birthing partners make sure they get it!

SophieLens_2013_09_21_12_36_31 For the birth of my daughter, I wanted to do a refresher course in HypnoBirthing but realised nobody was teaching it in Jamaica. I decided to get qualified, and took the HypnoBirthing Practitioner’s course in Florida in May 2103.

Second time round, labour was even quicker. At 6.15am, I was giving my 18 month old a bottle of milk, singing to him in the dark while having surges, and my daughter was born at 8am! I was in hosptial for less than an hour when she was born, assisted only by a midwife, and gave birth on my knees, kneeling on the bed – a position I found much more comfortable, with none of the stress of coached pushing. This time I did not experience any tearing at all.

The actual delivery wasn’t exactly ‘pain-free’, but it was a tremendous euphoric rush, and over within about 5 minutes. At no point did I feel frightened or out of control, and I felt ready to bound out of bed with my new baby directly after the birth.

Call me, Lizzie Sherwood-Smith, to find out more about HypnoBirthing and whether it could help you have a better, natural birth.

Cost of Classes

The cost of taking the HypnoBirthing class is $22,500 JMD per couple. This covers:

  • 5 x 2.5 hour classes (plus an extra session if you have to miss one, or need a refresher)
  • All your handouts
  • The official book; ‘HypnoBirthing: The Marie Mongan Method’ by Marie Mongan.
  • The official CD – ‘Rainbow Relaxation’.

Class size is limited to 8 people / 4 couples, so call Lizzie now on 873 3049 to book your place! Find out when the next class starts!

HypnoBirthing book and CD set

HypnoBirthing book and CD set

Why come to class? Coming to the course is a great way to help all the information sink in, and to practice going into light hypnosis. You’ll find the weekly reinformcement of everything you are practicing enormously beneficial, plus individual tution and support.

What if I’d rather study HypnoBirthing on my own? With dedication, you can achieve good results studying HypnoBirthing on your own. Buy the book and CD as a set from the HypnoBirthing Institute for $33 plus $10 shipping; just email distribution@hypnobirthing.com. The book is available on Amazon, but not the CD.

Baby Ella

A gentle birth at Nuttall

Read Nicola’s story of birthing baby Ella at Nuttall; a quick, gentle delivery. The attending nurse said she had never seen anything like it in 40 years of practice.  The really fantastic thing about this wonderful birth, is that baby Ella was breech until almost 39 weeks, then thankfully turned right on time.

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