Kate Middleton is reportedly considering hypnotherapy to ease some of the pain during her upcoming July birth at St Mary’s Hospital in London. As well as considering other natural birth techniques.
According to the International Business Times:
“Kate has researched various birthing methods. She wants it to be natural, so hypno-birthing is one option that appealed and she had been reading up on it and listening to CDs to get into the right frame of mind.”
Most labour-related pain is as a result of fear and tension, which can be diminished or completely eliminatedwith hypnotherapy. Researches have found that through this practice, reductions in pain during birthing, or no effect. Hypnobirthing may also impact the duration of labour and reduces surgical interventions during delivery.
Hypnosis is generally considered a controversial treatment. There have been studies that claims that hypnosis is effective in reducing or eliminating pain during childbirth or postnatal depression.
However, there have been studies confirming the claims that, compared to general population figures, hypnosis and self-hypnosis during childbirth leads to:
- decreased average length of labour
- lower cesarean section rates
- decreased use of pain relief medication such as gas and epidurals
- increased ease and comfort of labour and birth (self-reported and observed)
- emotional satisfaction of having their birthing partners informed, involved and supportive.
In addition to this, the majority of women experiencing hypnosis during childbirth in their second or subsequent births report feeling more in control, confident, relaxed and focused, and less fearful, than during their other birthing experiences.