What is Hypnobirthing?

HypnoBirthing® is a tried and proven method that guides and prepares a woman in giving birth in a peaceful and extraordinarily beautiful manner. It is a program a that considers the psychological, as well as the physical well-being of the mother, her birth partner and the newborn, independent of context, whether that be in the quiet of a home, a hospital, or a birth center.

The HypnoBirthing® program is built around an educational process that includes special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and positive body toning. Most importantly it fosters an air of mutual respect for the birthing family, as well as the health-care provider in a traditional health-care system or an alternative setting.

Through self-hypnosis you will be able to fully relax, learn to trust birth, let go of any fears or limiting thoughts and replace them with positive ones. In the absence of fear you allow your birthing muscles and your baby to work together in harmony, just as they were designed to do. With HypnoBirthing you will be completely aware and in control the entire time but profoundly relaxed.

The Mongan Method

As the most comprehensive birthing education program available, Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® offers parents to be opportunities to explore their choices and develop the decisions-making skills necessary to achieve their birthing visions.
Petra, Drew, and Ayla

We are so appreciative of everything we learned in the class and can't imagine approaching the birth process without these tools. Taking the class taught us to really reflect about what type of birth plan we wanted and to work towards our ideal scenario. Having Katja guide us through the class and be there as our doula when Ayla was born was a decision we'll make again when #2 comes around!

Petra, Drew, and Ayla, Whitefish, MT
Colin, Jenn and Joclyn

I was blown away with everything that I learned. I have a whole new perspective on birthing in general, and certainly with regards to our own pregnancy, upcoming labor, and planning/dealing/enjoying all of it. I would highly recommend this class to anyone expecting a child and I would be confident that they too would come out of the class with the same positive outlook and comfort with the birth planning that I have.

Colin, Jenn and Joclyn, Whitefish, MT
Kaitlin DeLapp – Mainey Tedlund

The breathing and visualization techniques Katja taught us gave me the relaxation and confidence needed for "The Big Day". Hypnobirthing gives you a different, positive outlook on childbirth and I could not be more thankful! I will forever remember my son's birthday as a positive, relaxed and wonderful day! I highly recommend this class!

Katie LeBlanc Miller

I feel so blessed to have found this class! It is the only one of it's kind in the Flathead Valley, and I learned so much about my birthing body, and my natural capability for birthing. Furthermore, my husband loved taking this class with me. It has given him greater understanding of pregnancy and how to assist me throughout the last trimester, and as a birth partner on the big day. We are just thrilled!

Katie, Tom and Maya, Kalispell, MT

Meet Katja Schalbetter

Katja is the owner and lead instructor of Mountain Baby HypnoBirthing. Her strong desire to support pregnant women and their families comes from her own experience as a mother of three. After a challenging birthing experience with her first child and pregnant again with a second, research led her to HypnoBirthing® and she knew instinctively that it was a great fit.

Her two HypnoBirths that followed were amazing and empowering, so that she feels compelled to share this great program with the families in Flathead Valley. Katja Schalbetter Kofal is a certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner, a trained doula and a certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).