Morag Hamilton BA, BSc, RGN, RM, DipDN, HBCE
(Affiliated with the HypnoBirthing Institute)
I have been a midwife for over 20 years and the joy of working with families and helping to bring a new life into the world has never left me. The diversity of couples, each with their own anxieties and thoughts about childbirth and parenting, each bringing with them life experiences unique to them, is part of what I love about teaching a childbirth preparation and relaxation programme.
With four children of my own, I am convinced that HypnoBirthing®, the Mongan Method, is a worthwhile, complete programme for deep relaxation in labour and childbirth.
Teaching HypnoBirthing®, the Mongan Method, has been a life-
Although I have been a practising midwife for over 20 years, I started out in the arts world, studying dance and being involved with musical theatre, before going on to study at Edinburgh University, graduating with an arts degree in 1976. However, I had a strong calling into nursing and went on to complete my nursing training at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Some years (and two children) later, I had the opportunity to train as a midwife and realise a dream.
Living in rural Perthshire, I worked in the community in both a nursing and midwifery capacity for almost 10 years. An opportunity arose to set up and lead a team of integrated midwives in the wider rural area where I lived and worked.. In the next 10 or so years my experience grew in all areas of midwifery care including teaching for birth preparation and in supporting women requesting a home birth.
It became apparent to me that, for many women, preparation for childbirth reduced anxiety levels and helped make the whole experience much more manageable than they had imagined, and could even make it enjoyable! What I sought was a technique which would give women the ability to experience a natural and comfortable labour and childbirth.
I know that in HypnoBirthing®, the Mongan Method, I have at last found such a technique.