Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has been the subject of pregnancy speculation for months but is yet to announce more royal baby news. Prince William and Kate are parents to three young royals and the Duchess recently opened up about her pregnancy and labour experiences.
Giovanna asked Kate: “Am I right in thinking you did Hypnobirthing?”
Kate replied: “Yes! Actually it was through hyperemesis that I really realised the power of the mind over the body because I really had to try everything and everything to try and help me through it. There are levels of it.”
She added: “I’m not going to say that William was standing there chanting sweet nothings at me! He definitely wasn’t, [laughing] I didn’t even ask him about it, but it was just something I wanted to do for myself.
“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 and actually I realised that this was something that I could take control of, I suppose, during labour.
She added: “It was hugely powerful.”
Following the enlightening interview, hypnobirthing teacher and Founder and CEO of The Positive Birth Company, Siobhan Miller explained why the method may have appealed so much to Kate.
Ms Miller told Express.co.uk: “Hypnobirthing is a logical and evidence-based approach to childbirth which involves practising relaxation and mindfulness techniques.
“Less intervention is required with a hypnobirth, meaning there’s usually a lower need for medical procedures. Perhaps explaining why Kate has always looked so poised and strong when leaving hospital with her babies,” she added.
She added: “It’s great for birth partners to feel they’re part of the experience and we should never underestimate their support or the positive impact they can have on the mother’s birth experience.
“By completing a hypnobirthing course women learn how their body is designed to work perfectly in birth from a physiological and psychological perspective.
“The relaxation techniques taught enable women to work with their bodies to best facilitate a quicker, easier and stress-free birth, reducing the risk of medical intervention which can lead to birth trauma.”
She added: “The course helps women to understand why it is important to remain calm and relaxed, in mind and body, and also how best to achieve this.
“Every birth matters and every woman should be able to approach birth feeling informed, positive, empowered and excited.
“Hypnobirthing can easily be practised at home and we’ve just launched our Freya app, the world’s first hypnobirthing-friendly surge (contraction) timer and virtual birth partner, to make hypnobirthing techniques even more accessible to all women.
“The mobile app coaches you through each surge with a simple breathing technique and helps you to relax in between with positive affirmations, calming visualisations and guided relaxation.”