POSTED 04-10-2010 Tweet
Tiffani Thiessen, formerly known as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen in her early acting career, is expecting her first baby with husband Brady Smith in May 2010. For the birth, she plans to use a method called HypnoBirthing, or The Mongan Method, which uses hypnosis to promote natural childbirth.
HypnoBirthing was founded by Marie “Mickey” Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. of New Hampshire, an award-winning hypnotherapist, hypnoanesthesiologist, and instructor of hypnotherapy. Her method teaches that, unlike childbirth methods that teach moms to cope, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment to labor.
Hypnosis during childbirth does not put one into a “trance”. Expectant mom is conversant and relaxed, but fully in control, aware of the baby’s progress, and active in the process of childbirth. HypnoBirthing parents learn deep abdominal breathing and total relaxation. In this calm state, the release of endorphins replaces the stress hormones that cause constriction and pain.
Classes are taught by certified practitioners who are highly qualified birthing professionals that have additional education and experience in HypnoBirthing. The program also offers “Birth Companions” that helps guide the mother during labor with hypnosis prompts, relaxation techniques, and visualizations.
Should mothers end up needing medical intervention or a surgical birth through C-section, HypnoBirthing has also been beneficial for the period before, during, and after the procedures. For example, many report needing less medication after birth and were able to return to normal functioning more quickly.
In addition to online resources for HypnoBirthing, Mongan has written an easy-to-understand guide about the process.
Tiffani Thiessen will be on the cover of Pregnancy magazine’s May issue, which will hit newsstands on April 13th.