Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing ® Offered at Erin Mills Optimum Health

9 Jun
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Benefits of HypnoBirthing ® Prenatal Classes in Mississauga

The Mongan Method of HypnoBirthing ® is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques. Self-hypnosis and deep relaxation are very effective techniques, which allow women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birth.

Studies have found that women using hypnosis in labour experience:

  • less discomfort
  • shorter labours
  • fewer medical interventions & less postpartum depression.

HypnoBirthing ® also helps to take the fear component out of labour so that women can feel empowered and do what millions have done before them – have safe births with healthy babies!

These classes are suitable for all expectant parents and their support persons, whether they plan to birth with a doctor or midwife, at home or in the hospital. These classes will focus on the following:

–  Learn how to guide and support your partner during the birth process with: breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques.

Our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctors greatly enjoy their family practices while pursuing greater training in fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care.

Our instructors are certified Naturopathic Doulas and HypnoBirthing ® specialists. As Doulas, they have attended births and provided physical, emotional, and informational support for birthing mothers and their partners before, during and after labour.

Contact Erin Mills Optimum Health today to find out more about our Prenatal Classes in Mississauga today!

HypnoBirthing ® Class Schedule 2018

January 2018

Starting Sunday January 7 at 10am-1230pm

February 2018

Starting Tuesday February 6 at 7pm-930pm

March 2018

Starting Sunday March 4 at 10am-1230pm

Contact Erin Mills Optimum Health today to sign up for our HypnoBirthing® Classes in Mississauga today!

Empowering the birth experience

Many women have different experiences during the birth process–it is always my intention to have my patient’s be as prepared as possible during their pregnancies for labour.
Some of the Naturopathic modalities I use are monthly acupuncture visits, handing out tasty recipes to help optimized their nutrition while nourishing their babies as well as herbal and supplement recommendations as needed. Along the way once they are into their 2nd trimester, it is an ideal time to do a prenatal class-here at our Mississauga health clinic we offer HypnoBirthing.
Here is a great video on what a hypnobirth looks like along with information on how relaxation can decrease pain and fear and help with a positive birth experience

Our next HypnoBirthing class is beginning in 1 month. Call our clinic to sign up today!

HypnoBirthing ® Principles

One of the principles behind HypnoBirthing is the “law of psycho-physical response” meaning, for every thought or emotion there is a corresponding chemical and physiological response within the body.
This can look like the following if someone is perceiving fear:
When a labouring mother perceives fear, this will cause adrenaline to surge and oxytocin to drop–>the problem with this is that it will cause labour to not only slow down or stop altogether, but it can also increase sensation of pain.
When a mother feels calm, it will change from fear to this:
The goal of HypnoBirthing is to facilitate a sensation of calm and confidence in the mother.
Some amazing examples of evidence-based HypnoBirthing outcomes:
*  fewer cases of pre-eclampsia
*  decreased use of oxytocin
*  decreased need for C-section
*  shorter first and second phase of labour
*  lessened or eliminated need for analgesia
*  babies with higher than average APGAR scores
Contact us today to sign up for inquire about how Naturopathic Medicine can help with your pregnancy!
By Kirsten Almon ND

Preparing for the Big Day–BIRTH!

Today one of my appointments is meeting with a couple to discuss how they can best prepare for labour. I LOVE these appointments. This is such a major event, and not one to “wing”. Preparing for labour takes time and practice: Practicing relaxation is one of the best ways to get ready for birth.
Since we teach and are certified in HypnoBirthing, this is also something that I really encourage women and their partners to experience. Having done this is my own labours, I feel like it was the best fit for me as it really helped with anxiety leading up to the due date.
Breathing is another excellent coping strategy during labour. Making sure to take long slow breaths through the nose can actually help diminish the sensations as the surge or contraction comes and goes.
I’m looking forward to highliting these topics as well as leading mom and partner through a relaxation script.
If you are pregnant or looking to get pregnant, we are more than happy to help you in your journey! We have very experience Naturopaths who have worked with enhancing fertility and pregnancy for years!
-Dr. Kirsten Almon – Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Keep Calm and HypnoBirth!

flowers in vase to represent calmness during birth

If you are pregnant and looking for a wonderful class to prepare you, your birthing partner and baby for a calm and safe experience, this class is for you.
Taught by 2 Naturopathic Doctors and Birth Doulas, the instructors will teach you about how to prepare your body for labour including diet and lifestyle tips.
All to often, women are exposed to birth as a fearful and painful experience. It does not have to be this way! This class will teach how to do self-hypnosis and promote relaxation that you will be able to do during labour.
A recent study titled Hypnosis for childbirth: a retrospective comparative analysis of outcomes in one obstetrician’s practice highlights benefits of hypnosis during birth as follows:
  • significantly less use of sedatives, analgesia, and regional anesthesia during labor
  • higher 1-minute neonatal Apgar scores
Contact our Mississauga natural health clinic to sign up or for more information.
Kirsten Almon

Dr. Kirsten Almon has a Naturopathic Family Practice in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for “naturopathic well child visits” and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections.  Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.

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