What may be the world’s most closely watched pregnancy could culminate in an unusual type of birth: hypnobirth, or childbirth using hypnosis.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has reportedly chosen hypnobirth for her first child, according to the International Business Times.
The IB Times also reported that the duchess had used hypnosis to recover from her morning sickness last year.
Advocates of hypnobirthing claim the technique reduces — but does not eliminate — the pain of labor and childbirth, thereby decreasing the need for epidurals and other pain-management drugs.
Hypnobirthing teaches women to better understand the muscles involved in childbirth, and encourages women to use deep breathing and other relaxation techniques to reduce the anxiety and fear that can accompany childbirth.