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What Is Hypnobirthing?

Kate Middleton Has Used Hypnosis to Battle Labor Pains, and Here's Why She'll Do It Again

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit SportsAid to undertake engagements celebrating the Commonwealth at the Copperbox Arena on March 22, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

As Kate Middleton prepares to give birth to her third child in April, it appears as though the Duchess of Cambridge is planning on using hypnosis to help relieve labor pains. According to The Sunday Times, her midwives are already getting up to speed on everything that goes into a hypnobirth at St. Mary's Hospital, where Kate plans to deliver her new bundle of joy. And we don't blame Kate for opting to try a less mainstream option for pain management, especially after having to deal with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), or severe morning sickness.

If you're wondering exactly what goes into a hypnobirth, you're not alone. Here's what you need to know about this method that supposedly makes this process of childbirth much less painful.

What is hypnobirthing?

Put simply, hypnobirthing is a new pain-management method used during childbirth where the moms-to-be rely on hypnosis to enter a deep state of relaxation. This mind-set allows mom and baby to go through the birthing process with as little pain as possible and without the use of additional pain medication, including an epidural. Hypnobirthing as a whole centers on the notion that women's bodies are meant to give birth naturally and involves a combination of breathing techniques, visualization, and prompts from your partner.

What are the benefits of hynobirthing?

Far and away one of the biggest benefits of having a hypnobirth is that when done correctly, no pain killers or medication of any kind are required. Beyond that, women who have a hypnobirth have felt more alert, awake, and relaxed throughout the process and say that the breathing techniques have a positive effect on baby's oxygen levels. Many new moms also say their labor has been shorter, they tend to spend less time in the hospital after giving birth, and they have a better connection with their new child.

How do you prepare for a hypnobirth?

Thinking about trying out this philosophy when you have your next baby? Then you should know it takes concentrated prep work. Parents are often tasked with taking classes that teach them the ins and outs of the process, including how to get into a meditative state, similar to being hyper-focused or daydreaming, so that they'll be equipped to successfully manage the pain when the big day arrives. The key is to be totally relaxed, but also in full control of your psyche and birthing muscles. If you opt for a program like The Mongan Method, you can expect to take five two-and-a-half-hour classes that touch on topics that range from the history of hypnobirthing and proper relaxation and visualization techniques to family bonding once your child is born.

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