A Tribute to Marie (Mickey) Mongan

10 years ago, I was sitting in my midwife’s office when she first told me about HypnoBirthing. I had already signed up for a Bradley class because that was what I knew outside of Lamaze (rather what I remember fro nursing school). I had never heard of HypnoBirthing up until this point. I knew I wanted a natural birth after witnessing trauma in labor and delivery during nursing school. I researched. I watched videos. I was sold. My husband…..well he was thrilled with a 5 week course compared to a 12 week course. Thus began my journey of HypnoBirthing. Thank you Karen King, CNM!

Fast forward to now and I have been teaching HypnoBirthing for six years. I have had three incredible HypnoBirthing births and attended over 100 births as a HypnoBirthing doula (currently on hold with doula work.)

My dream is that every woman everywhere, will know the joy of a truly safe, comfortable, and satisfying birthing for herself and her baby..png

Monday, June 17, 2019 our dear founder, and supporter of calm birth, Mickey Mongan passed away peacefully. There are tears and grief, but also so much joy and gratitude for her. So much gratitude to the vision and dream she set out to make a reality. “My dream is that every woman everywhere will know the joy of a truly safe, comfortable, and satisfying birthing for herself and her baby.” Each year HypnoBirthing has grown around the world as not just a philosophy and technique, but a family. When you meet another HypnoBirthing mom you feel connected, like you know that they know you already. You feel safe around them. It is an amazing community that began with Mickey.

Dearest Mickey, you will be missed. So much of you will live on through your dream that you began for us through HypnoBirthing. Many will continue that dream for you. Mothers around the world will continue that dream for you. Their babies will continue that dream for you. Their witnesses of birth will continue that dream for you. Your voice will continue to be heard globally through your recordings. Your book will continue to be read in various languages around the world. We, the instructors, will share that dream with families every year. Thank you for your generous compassion, love, and support for every mother everywhere. You have touched thousands of hearts. You will continue on in my heart and you will still reverberate your voice as your dream reaches new heights to every woman. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

When to take HypnoBirthing Classes!

It is best to have an idea of your childbirth education plans once you are in your second trimester. With HypnoBirthing being a 5 week series I get this question asked a lot. When is it best to take the HypnoBirthing course?

To be honest, with some variables, it is usually best to complete the course a few weeks or even a month or two before your birthing time. However, even mothers who have attended the class up to their due dates have had amazing births. So what are the variables to consider?

Learning Style

Some people learn things quickly and others need more review. If you are the type who needs more review you will want to be in a class that ends a month or more from your birthing time. This will allow you to read the book more than once and really get into your routine of mind preparation for birth with the HypnoBirthing tools and techniques.

Those who learn quickly can probably take the course without much break from the last class to their birth month. However, you must be diligent in your practice right off the bat. Which brings me to my next point.


Do you jump right in or do you simmer a bit? If you are able to begin using the techniques immediately that are taught in the first several classes and stick to a new routine you can wait till later in pregnancy.

If you are the type you need to simmer for various reasons, for example, finish the book first and then start the techniques, or whatever. Give your self a month to get into that routine and perfect it.

Sometimes a personality desires the pressure to get things done so taking the classes towards pregnancy end will have you feeling the pressure to prepare.


For many, many mothers it is a matter of scheduling. Whether it is their work schedule, travel schedule, their spouses schedule, etc. Even if you are super diligent and a quick learner you may need to take the class earlier on for scheduling purposes. Or maybe you wait till you are on maternity leave or on travel restrictions for work. This is a very common issue that brings mothers to my class early second trimester or late third trimester.


What is your heart and mind telling you when to take the course? In HypnoBirthing we encourage following your instincts and doing what is best for you and your baby, which is why HypnoBirthing can be a wonderful course to take during any time in pregnancy. Take some time to give careful thought to when you feel it is best for you to take the course and Peace On Birth will be more than happy to have you an a wonderful group class or assist you with private in home instruction.