Kate Middleton’s Use of Hypnobirthing Could Make Baby No 4 More Likely Claims Childbirth Expert
Kate Middleton used a unique meditation technique known as hypnobirthing when she had all three of her children. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, recently revealed that hypnobirthing helped reduce stress and pain during childbirth, resulting in an overall good experience. Here’s a look at how hypnobirthing could make baby number four more likely.
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is nothing new to the world of meditation. This technique is all about unifying the body and the mind and has been practiced around the world for at least a century.
Marva Solt, who is an educator on childbirth in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been teaching hypnobirthing to her clients for the past 10 years. For Solt, this tactic helps mothers connect with their natural instincts and learn how to relax.
“It’s nothing other than just sitting back and relaxing,” Solt explained. “You don’t have to do a thing, and sometimes I’ll have some soft music playing in the background.”
Solt added that there is nothing special to hypnobirthing, i.e. no medicines or needles. All you have to do is sit back and relax and enjoy the peacefulness that comes with meditation. It also helps if you practice mindfulness while you meditate.
But Solt does take things a step further for her clients. She also explores nutrition and prepares birthing plans for mothers, which covers everything related to childbirth education.
What are the benefits of this style of meditation?
There have not been a lot of studies done about hypnobirthing, and the ones that are out there have mixed reviews. But there are plenty of benefits to this style of meditation as long as it is done correctly.
Lee Roosevelt, who is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, says that hypnobirthing can reduce tension and stress, which in turn reduces a stress hormone called cortisol.
“If a person can move into a more relaxed and mindful state, they help suppress cortisol and allow oxytocin to flow more freely,” Roosevelt shared.”We have an abundance of research that shows the health benefits of mindfulness practice.”
That said, Roosevelt cautioned people wanting to get into hypnobirthing for the first time. She explained how women sometimes expect too much from the practice and end up creating more stress in their lives because they feel like they have failed.
Although hypnobirthing seeks to reduce the amount of stress and pain that mothers feel while giving birth, this is not what happens to most people.
Kate Middleton opens up like never before
Although people should do their research before getting into something like hypnobirthing, it is clear that Middleton is a huge fan of the technique.
According to Express, Kate Middleton opened up about how she used hypnobirthing during her first three pregnancies on a podcast called Happy Mum, Happy Baby with Giovanna Fletcher.
In the interview — which offered a rare looking into Middleton’s personal life — the Duchess of Cambridge admitted that she used hypnobirthing techniques when she welcomed Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Middleton, who suffered from severe morning sickness through all of her pregnancies, revealed that the practice helped “ease the pain of labor” so much that she ended up liking the process.
While it is clear that hypnobirthing worked for Middleton, does it mean that she will have another child with Prince William?
Here is how hypnobirthing can help future pregnancies
Kate Middleton, of course, has not commented on whether or not she is going to have a fourth child with William. But an expert on hypnobirthing, Siobhan Miller, argues that the practice does lead to a higher chance of having more kids.
In her book, Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better, Miller explained how hypnobirthing helps relax women during childbirth, which leads to more confidence. This can often result in a more positive experience overall, which can persuade women to have more children.
“The techniques help women to feel more relaxed and empowered when it comes to birth, so they can go into future pregnancies with less worry,” she stated. “Birth trauma often prevents women from wanting to get pregnant again and so they will actively avoid this happening. Whereas a woman who has had a positive birth will probably look forward to doing it again!”
Middleton and William tied the knot in 2011 and currently share three children. There have been a lot of rumors about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having one more child, though nothing official has been confirmed.
If Kate Middleton does want to expand the family by one more, the timing is right. Middleton gave birth to Prince Louis — using hypnobirthing methods — back in 2018, making it almost two years since her last pregnancy. She also just turned 38 years old, so her window for having more children is quickly closing.