Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, considers hypnobirthing
As Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, approaches the last weeks of her pregnancy, the newspapers and media are full of stories that she may be considering hypnobirthing.
So what is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is a number of simple techniques that a mum to be learns to help her relax, reduce tension and cut down dramatically on the pain she feels.
Kate may well be learning hypnobirthing, should you be considering it for your birth?
1. It can shorten the labour by 30%. Because you learn how to relax effortlessly, you are able to work with your body and listen to your baby. As you are not fighting nature, it all happens a lot quicker!
2. You will likely feel less pain. Pain is only possible where there is fear and tension, so by removing the fear through understanding exactly what is going to happen and reducing tension through relaxation, pain is much less of a problem.
3. It's a safe and drug free method. After carefully avoiding any chemicals that might harm your baby throughout the 9 months, this gives you a chance to limit the need for any medication. Hypnosis techniques allow you to relax and work with your body and with your baby.
4. You can enjoy not endure. The labour is the first part of your relationship with your new baby, why not start it relaxed and tension free. Your baby will benefit too - studies show that babies born to mums using hypnosis techniques are happier and have fewer health problems.
5. Learning these techniques with your partner means he can help at the birth. It will strengthen your relationship and help the bonding between mum, dad and baby.
So Kate, I hope you decide to learn hypnobirthing, you won't regret it.
Ken Scott is a fully qualified Hynobirthing Practitioner and offers Hypnobirthing classes at Wellforce. Please contact reception for more details.