Kate Middleton apparently endured a five-hour labour before she gave birth to her third child on Monday 23rd April. According to reports she didn’t use any pain relief – and as she stepped out of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London to greet the waiting media; she certainly did not look like she had just had a baby a few hours prior!
So, what is her secret for these seemingly effortless labours? According to reports its all down to hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing is an antenatal preparation birth course that teaches you deep relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques, to enable the birth of your baby to be more comfortable, calm and relaxed. Hypnobirthing techniques enable you to allow your mind and body to work together to replace fear with confidence.
Hypnobirthing has been said to reduce the amount of pain a women experiences during labour and this is down to the fact that when we are stressed and the muscles in our uterus are tense, they work against each other, which in turn slows down the labour and causes additional unnecessary pain. Through the Hypnobirthing techniques, women are taught to stay physically and emotionally calm and relaxed during the labour, and it is then able to progress at a quicker pace, and with less discomfort.
Celebrity fans of the Hypnobirthing process include; Angelina Jolie, Busy Phillips, Jessica Alba and Gisele Bündchen.
Our complementary therapist Helen Kerridge, offers a Hypnobirthing antenatal course which can take place either at the Bury Natural Health Centre, or in the comfort of your own home, with prices starting from £250. This course takes place over a three-week period, with each session lasting three hours.
Helen has worked in the NHS for 26 years, 14 years as a qualified Midwife and prior to that as a qualified Nurse. Helen has seen the confidence and calmness that Hypnobirthing can bring to a woman’s experience of labour and birth and is pleased to be able to provide her clients with individually tailored Hypnobirthing courses.
For further information on the Hypnobirthing course please click here.