I began delivering babies in 1983. I believed in the use of drugs to manage obstetrical pain. I saw lots of complications including babies with compromised breathing in spite of my best efforts to use good sound medical judgment. I believed that Epidurals were a medical blessing. I had a 25% C-Section rate.
Patients demanded natural births. I then performed hundreds of deliveries using the pushing, blowing and holding off analgesics until the mother could no longer take the pain. I saw babies that were no longer respiratorily compromised but were exhausted and quite often needed respiratory support with oxygen. But my C-Section rate had fallen to 5%.
Next I used visual imagery to manage pain. I occasionally still had to use narcotics and a rare epidural. I still saw exhausted babies who were not fully able to bond. I still had a C-Section rate of 5%.
I then began using hypnosis to manage pain during birth. The results were ok, mothers still had pain; babies were less often compromised and very rarely needed oxygen. I still had a 5% c-section rate.
I have made the transition to HypnoBirthing®. I now believe that birthing involves no pain. I have attended over 200 births that have used the techniques and philosophy of HypnoBirthing® - “The Mongan Method”. I realize that I no longer perform deliveries; I attend births and observe the birthing companion receive the baby. It is as if my new role is to be present to witness the miracle of HypnoBirthing®.
Every mother has been excited about the birth event. Support people become involved in a meaningful way. I have had no complications. No babies have needed oxygen or any support other than warming by mother's body. My C-Section rate is 3%. I have given absolutely no analgesic drugs since I have used HypnoBirthing® with mothers.
I routinely lecture to medical groups about HypnoBirthing®. I am more than happy to talk to any Health Care Professionals (or anyone else) about my experiences with truly natural birthing. I have a number of patients and husbands who love to talk about their experience. In the near future I will be training residents to use HypnoBirthing® as an option for patients.
I am an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. I am also an Assistant Clinical professor of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.