Kate’s put the hip in hypnobirthing, but what is it and does it ...

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Kate’s put the hip in hypnobirthing, but what is it and does it help?

The technique is fast becoming a huge hit with the Duchess of Cambridge, so we weigh up the pros and cons

Rosa Silverman

At 11.01am on April 23 2018, the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son called Louis. That much we knew for certain, along with her third child’s birth weight (3.8kg). The public could only speculate about the rest, but a theory that gained some currency at the time was that Kate had practised a technique called hypnobirthing when in labour with all three of her children.

Now, that theory can be confirmed, after the duchess spoke openly on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast about her hypnobirthing experience.

She told host Giovanna Fletcher that she first encountered hypnobirthing techniques while pregnant with Prince George, when severe morning sickness led to her admission to hospital: “I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that – that they teach you in hypnobirthing – when I was really sick. I realised that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labour.”..

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