This book, the textbook for HypnoBirthing classes, will guide you through the philosophy and techniques of normal, gentle birthing. You and your partner will learn to use self-hypnosis, guided imagery and special breathing techniques that can help to bring about a shorter, easier, and more joyful birthing, free of harmful drugs for you and your baby. You and your baby will birth in a more comfortable manner. You will be awake, alert, and fully in control. You will turn to this book again and again. In this easy-to-read and understand guide to birthing, Marie Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to childbirth and offers, at last, the answer to eliminating the anguish of labor.