is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an M.S.W. from
Columbia University, and a M.S. in Clinical School Psychology from City
College School of Education. She has received advanced training in clinical
hypnosis from the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Her most important
credential is, however, her personal experience as a mother, having given
birth three times; this fact brings her intimate knowledge of the fears,
feelings and concerns that every woman faces when approaching the prospect
of pregnancy and childbirth.
psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for over 25 years with a specialization
in sexual healing, she now devotes herself full time to the practice of
mind/body medicine. In addition to teaching birthing with hypnosis she
has a general practice in solution/focused psychotherapy, treating clients
with a variety of concerns. For more information visit: http://www.angelafoxlcsw.com/
Monti Fox, M.S., LCSW
State Certified Social Worker
Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner
When I gave birth to my three children in the 1970s, there was no epidural.
The drugs offered to laboring Moms were detrimental to infants’
early development. Studies showed such drugs caused significant delays
in reaching developmental markers in the first year of life. Therefore
incentive and motivation was strong to use alternative methods of laboring.
I chose the Lamaze technique and studied with Elizabeth Bing, having read
her book on the Six Practical Lessons for a Natural Childbirth.
My children’s father and I practiced the assigned exercises regularly,
relaxing all muscles except one arm or leg, which was to be held, contracted
and tightened, a substitute for the coming contractions. Essential to
the practice, in addition to the breath work, was the effleurage,
or gentle stroking of the belly during each surge with eyes riveted on
a point of focus. Using this method I had three wonderful non-drugged
births. The first and third rather long and I remember clearly the ecstatic
feeling of the second shorter birth.
in the 1990s having already trained and practiced as a psychotherapist
and hypnotherapist, I became fascinated with Marie Mongan’s hypnobirthing
training course. Thinking that this must be a perfect way to control the
pain of labor, I signed up for her weekend course. I was completely surprised
when the younger women in the course vehemently opposed Lamaze, saying
that it simply “didn’t work!” As I learned more about
their experiences I realized that their Lamaze was not my Lamaze. There
was no “relaxation training, no “effleurage”
but most of all no “point of focus.” Suddenly I gained
a greater understanding of my own birthing experience. The essential element
missing from the Lamaze experience these women described was the “point
of focus”, the key to classical hypnosis. Clearly I was in “trance”
during my labors, a process that enabled me to tolerate long labors in
total control while minimizing the experience of pain.
training in pain management continued beyond that weekend course under
the auspices of the American
Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).
Today I teach the classical approach to hypnosis enabling women to reach
the depth of trance necessary for labor.
recently, I have learned that commonplace, highly medicalized births and
the current climate of fear require a more comprehensive approach to peaceful
and natural birthing. Therefore, evidence-based childbirth education information
is included in my birthing with hypnosis course. The information I provide
in my classes helps birthing Moms and Dads understand their choices and
enables them to provide for themselves the support they will need to make
birthing with hypnosis a successful process.
-Angela Monti Fox, LCSW
is taught in Group & Individual sessions.
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