This weekend has been full of news about Kate Middleton using Hypnobirthing during her three labours. Much of the coverage has been marvellous, after all we think anyone giving hypnobirthing a try is a superstar.
However unsurprisingly the press has somewhat misjudged a few of the Duchesses comments. So, we thought we would just clarify some things.
For example, look at the headline taken from the Daily Express stating, “Kate Middleton reveals her surprising method of curing pregnancy morning sickness”. There are a few things are wrong with the headline; Firstly, Kate Middleton didn’t have morning sickness, she had Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). This is a serious condition at the extreme end of the pregnancy sickness spectrum. According to the ‘Pregnancy Sickness Support’ website it affects 1% of women with pregnancy sickness and is very debilitating for sufferers. It is excessive vomiting, often needing hospitalisation and medication. If definitely isn’t just in the morning!
Secondly HG, cannot be cured by Hypnobirthing, in fact nor can it cure any sickness. Hypnobirthing provides you with the tools you need to release fear and teach you relaxation techniques to help you give birth more gently, calmly and in greater comfort, knowing you are in safe hands. By learning about your body and birth it can help you to trust your instincts. The breathing techniques can help you cope better with sickness, as I’m sure they did with Kate Middleton, but not cure it. In the interview with Giovanna Fletcher on the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast Kate Middleton actually said…
“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 I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful.”
Here she is stating how even when she was at her sickest, in the depths of HG, she could feel the power of Hypnobirthing and could see how useful it could be during labour.
Unfortunately, what the interview did touch on was how it was ‘not all for Hippy-dippys’ and there are ‘different levels of it’, which could imply that some of hypnobirthing is in fact for ‘hippy-dippys’.
At the UBA we understand that Hypnobirthing can often have a bad reputation, but we are working on that Mamas. It is not just for hippys, it is not something that can only be used by women having home-births, it is not just for first time mums, or mums doing yoga standing on their hands. It is for everyone. The benefits suit pregnancies and births of all shapes and sizes.
Refreshingly Kate and Giovanna did talk about mum guilt. As we know only too well, all of us suffer from it at one point or another, most probably daily. If you are a mum to be, a new mum, a first-time mum, a mum to 5 or a Grandmother. If you are a working mum or a stay at home mum, it never leaves us. We thought it was brilliant to hear a Royal talk openly and candidly about this to Giovanna in the podcast:
“It’s a constant challenge – you hear it time and time again from mums, even mums who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life.”
By all being more open about the challenges we go through as mothers, as parents, we are able to support one another in a much greater way. Kate Middleton mentions that anyone who doesn’t suffer guilt as a mother is actually lying! We quite agree and, on that note…I must go and read that ‘one more’ bed time story.
Laura and The UBA Team xxx
Full interview on the podcast ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ By Giovanna Fletcher. Newspaper article information taken from The Sun and The Express. Photograph taken from The Sun. HG reference from https://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/what-is-hyperemesis-gravidarum/