About HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education

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Why take HypnoBirthing®with Sharon Gourlay?

The Mongan Method, is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by hypnosis techniques, providing the missing link, that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing in a way that most mirrors nature. Emphasis is placed on both pregnancy and childbirth as well as on HypnoBirthing®.  As a birthing method, HypnoBirthing® is as new as tomorrow & as old as ancient times. Classes are held in five (2.5) hour sessions.


HypnoBirthing® teaches you along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. HypnoBirthing® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, how to trust your body and work with it, as well as how to free yourself of harmful emotions that lead to pain causing fear and unyielding muscles.

The HypnoBirthing® Advantage:


•Teaches deep levels of relaxation to eliminate the fear that causes tension & pain greatly reduces and often eliminates the need for chemical painkillers and drugs


•Shortens the first phase of labor


•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 labor


•Empowers parents with techniques to achieve a gentle, calm birth for themselves and their baby


•Gives the birthing companion 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, physical pushing.

Your investment includes:

•Your own copy of the HypnoBirthing Text, HypnoBirthing– The Mongan Method.  Included also is a USB of handouts and a download card for recorded Affirmations track and Rainbow Relaxation session


•Information-packed class meetings, helping you to understand why labor is manageable 


•A practitioner who cares about your birth experience and will bring her understanding and knowledge to class to help you prepare regionally for your birth


•5 or more professionally written scripts for your home practice 


•Several recordings for your relaxation, stress reduction, and bonding (Including the program cornerstone disk, Rainbow Relaxation) 


•Birth Preference planning session


•A set of Birth Prompts for your Birth Companion 


•Demonstration and practice in optimal birth positions 


•A hypnotic session on building birth confidence and eliminating fears 


•A guide to good pregnancy nutrition 


•Several deep relaxation techniques for use during birthing, plus 


•Well-paced instruction designed to build your confidence and help you to have a safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing 


•Special calm breathing methods for use throughout labor and during birthing 


•Private instruction if desired or small classes for personal attention 


•The advantage and confidence of the Mongan Method reputation for top-quality birthing preparation  

Group or Private HypnoBirthing® Classes - which is right for my family?

At Sacred Beginning there are two types of HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education classes; Private and Group classes.  Group classes are offered to allow for families to join together in a group learning experience.  The classes are held quarterly in a central location.  In these sessions we stick to the syllabus for the series.  Classes are 5 - 2.5 hour sessions with no make up classes available.  

Private classes are a great option for those who want more of their HypnoBirthing® experience.  In private classes I can work closely with families who have special needs, previous losses, traumatic birth experiences, or those who want to have a more personalized class.  Plus we meet in your home and find mutual dates that fit your schedule.  It is a great option for those who aren't able to do the group class schedule.  As a local birth professional I am able to add more on to your sessions in private classes.  We can discuss your birthing location plus care provider driven choices for your birth preferences.  You will learn about comfort measures, positioning, and be able to prepare for the postpartum period too.  

When should you schedule classes?  Classes are best taken at month 5 (so that you have plenty of time to practice what you learn in class) or further along.  I have taught families at 38 weeks before however sooner is better.

To learn more about class options, when, and which class would work great for your family contact me at 614.636.2626 for more details.

There are several reasons why I would invite you to learn HypnoBirthing® with me.  

Passion - Teaching families to have gentle and calm experiences is my sincere pleasure.  I am honored and so passionate about this path I walk.  I believe that everyone can learn from the HypnoBirthing® series great techniques that stay with them past the birth room.  All families are welcome in my class and respected.

Education - I have been teaching HypnoBirthing® since 2006.  I used the method for my birth experiences and that inspired me to train with Marie Mongan the founder of HypnoBirthing®.  She suggested that I become a Hypnotherapist and I came back from that training and began school at the Ohio State School of Hypnotherapy with Bob Roberts. My BA is in speech communication which becomes useful in my doula work.  I am able to help facilitate conversations between clients, nurses, and care providers to ensure everyone is on the same page.  I trained locally and certified with DONA as a birth doula.  I love heIping families on the birth journey.  I use these skill sets with my students and doula clients to ensure they have great birth experiences.  

Experience - I have taught over 500 couples HypnoBirthing®.  As a seasoned educator I know how to use the techniques locally.  As a certified birth doula I employ these tools with the families I work with - I understand how and when to use various techniques.  I impart my knowledge so that you too can know how to best use various techniques.

Reviews and Testimonials - Connecting with families is something that I love to do.  I want to be able to meet each family's desires and needs.  I believe that most of my students would say what makes me different from other instructors is that I really care about their families.  I stay connected and watch their families grow up.  It makes me smile to see 10 year old children who were my first students babies now.

Community Connection - It is always my sincere pleasure to provide referrals for Care Providers, Doulas, Midwives, Massage Therapists and more.  I love being engaged in our birth community and help families find what they are seeking.

Family Portal | Additional class information - I absolutely follow the HypnoBirthing® syllabus and schedule for group and private classes.  I also offer additional information, comfort measures, positions, tools, and local advice for families at classes and in the online family portal.  There are handouts, resources, and referrals for more depth and understanding.

If you are interested in learning more please contact me for a phone consultation 614.636.2626.  **If you have financial hardships contact me via phone to discuss and see if I can help you take the classes.

HypnoBirthing® Series​

Enjoy the benefits of a traditional HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Series and then get even more! I have been teaching HypnoBirthing® for over 11 years in the Central Ohio Community. As a seasoned birth professional, I bring the local perspective, experience, and education to each and every class. I adore The HypnoBirthing® Program but have found families asking more of me and my classes.

I now offer a program called HypnoBirthing® Plus. This innovative class structure allows me to continue to offer the HypnoBirthing® curriculum in its entirety and offer information that today's parent is seeking that is in line with The HypnoBirthing® Mongan Method philosophy. The Plus Class Structure looks as follows:


Class 1: Building A Positive Expectancy• Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy• The History of Women and Birthing• Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing • How Nature perfectly designed women’s bodies to birth• How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts• The vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing. • Visualizing gentle births by viewing beautiful birthing videos


Class 2: Falling in Love with Your Baby/Preparing Mind & Body• The remarkable mind of your newborn baby—Prenatal bonding techniques• Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques• Breathing techniques for labor and birthing• Hypnotic relaxation and visualization• Selecting the right care provider• The Birth companion’s role in birthing• Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning


Class 3: Getting Ready to Welcome your Baby• Preparing Birth Preference Sheets • Preparing the Body for Birthing• Light Touch Labor Massage• Your body working for and with you• Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor• Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts.


Class 4: An overview of Birthing – A Labor of Love• Onset of Labor – Thinning and Opening Phase• Birth explained simply • Settling in at the hospital or birthing center • Preparing for home birth – or baby’s choice of birth • As labor moves along – passing time through labor• Hallmarks of labor• If labor rests or slows – Companion’s prompts and activities• As labor advances – birthing with your baby• Protecting the natural birthing experience• Birth rehearsal imagery


Class 5: Birth – Breathing Love - Bringing Life• Moving into birthing• Positions for descent and birthing• Breathing baby down to birth• Baby moves to the breast • Family bonding with your baby


PLUS ~ Additional: The Postpartum Period – The Fourth TrimesterTopics are family driven. You have the opportunity to ask for more details on any subject pertaining to pregnancy, birth, comfort measures, postpartum, and anything outside of the HypnoBirthing Class. • The Postpartum Period Expectations & Realities• Placenta Encapsulation ~ Learn More!• Creating your Postpartum Wish List• Reviewing The Postpartum Mood Disorder Info.• The First Hour After Birth: A Baby’s 9 Instinctive Stages• Relaxation After Birth ~ Review HB Strategies•

Other Topics Depending Upon Your NEEDS.