My Story

From ‘Life Threatening’ to ‘Life Saving’

After a life-threatening illness, hypnotherapy and breath retraining were game changers in my recovery. Due to the amazing benefits of these modalities, I developed a keen interest in exploring the benefits of hypnotherapy and breath work, and went on to study as an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist (HNZ), Hypno-birthing Instructor and Functional Breathing Coach.

A Gift For All

I am passionate about helping others discover the powerful, life-changing possibilities of hypnotherapy, breath work, and hypnobirthing.

They are a foundational component for physical and mental well-being, good health and peak performance

The field of breath work is exploding around the world because of the positive impact functional breathing has on health, wealth, and relationships. (See INFORMATION tab for more about breath-work.)

Note: These modalities were utilised in conjunction with required medical intervention.

Hypnotherapy has been proven to produce fast, effective, empowering change with no side effects. The therapeutic applications are comprehensive and extraordinary.

They Forgot to Tell Me Birthing Should be Long, Painful, and Terrifying

Calm, Settled and Happy

When I had my first baby, there was no such thing as Hypnobirthing (or Internet) in New Zealand. Even after an intense but fast, straight forward 3 1/2 hour birthing experience, I thought:
“There must be an easier way to have a baby!”

I was on a mission to find the key to a better way. After much contemplation, I felt that breathing and visualisations might be the answer to helping the process along. So I worked out a system of breathing in and out and imagined the numbers of a flip calendar turning one by one with each breath. I practiced this a few times each week near the end of my pregnancy

Was I right?
I put my “discovered techniques” into practice and here’s what happened for me:
Baby #2 – 45 minutes of established labour and birthing – all done
Baby #3 – 25 minutes of established labour and birthing – all done
Baby #4 – 3 1/2 hours of labour with only 20 seconds of actually birthing – and my biggest baby at 9 1/2 lbs!
I can still remember my doctor saying: “You can’t birth more naturally than this!”

Marie Mongan- Founder of HypnoBirthing

I always wondered if I was just lucky, however since learning about Hypnobirthing I realised that I had indeed “breathed” my babies into the world – easily and naturally.

I have also realised that my babies were the epitome of “hypno-babies” – calm, settled, and happy.


NOTE: This was my experience. ALL birthing experiences are different.

Click on INFORMATION for more about Hypnotherapy, Hypnobirthing, Breath-work and how to empower your mind

“I am passionate about helping others discover the powerful, life-changing possibilities of hypnotherapy, hypnobirthing and breath- work.”

Karen griffen

Based in Whakatane, New Zealand. Appointments are currently offered in-person and on line.