Hypnobirthing catches on with Princess Kate and local moms

Hypnobirthing catches on with Princess Kate and local expectant mothers alike

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A couple at Lisa Ross Birth & Women's Center practices hypnobirthing techniques. A couple at Lisa Ross Birth & Women's Center practices hypnobirthing techniques.
"We don't get the looks that we're quite as crazy doing this hypnosis thing," Kate Wentworth said of the other Kate. "We don't get the looks that we're quite as crazy doing this hypnosis thing," Kate Wentworth said of the other Kate.
"We learn techniques to calm our breathing, to calm our body. We know that our mind has a huge influence over our body," said Marva Solt, a hypnobirthing instructor. "We learn techniques to calm our breathing, to calm our body. We know that our mind has a huge influence over our body," said Marva Solt, a hypnobirthing instructor.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It continues to be baby watch time for Kate Middleton with lots of people anxiously awaiting the royal birth.

The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be considering something called hypnobirthing.

Hypnobirthing hasn't caught on yet here in the U.S. like it has in Europe, but as more women hear about it, many more of them are embracing it.

Months before anyone knew that Kate Middleton was thinking about a royal delivery through the hypnobirthing method, another Kate, here in Knoxville, had her mind set on it.

"After talking to a couple of people that had tried it and reading up on it, we thought that was the one that most fit our ideal birth, what we would want - a relaxed, calm, normal, healthy birth," she said.

Kate and Braden Wentworth took a hypnobirthing class at Lisa Ross Birth & Women's Center in Knoxville a few months ago.

It's not about hypnosis in the stereotypical sense, but techniques that lead to an altered state of calm.

"Some people prefer to think of it as meditation. Some people approach it as prayer," said Marva Solt, a hypnobirthing instructor.

Solt teaches several relaxation methods to expectant parents. The main goal is to alleviate fear.

"We believe in hypnobirthing that it matters how a baby is born," she said.

Hypnobirthing videos on YouTube show moms in a state of calm during delivery.

This doesn't mean you can talk yourself into a pain-free experience, but believers say it certainly helps.

"We learn techniques to calm our breathing, to calm our body. We know that our mind has a huge influence over our body," Solt said.

"I want to be comfortable and relaxed and to be able to accept whatever happens and roll with it rather than getting uptight or scared," Wentworth said.

This Kate says the other one, overseas, has lent some credibility to a process many here aren't quite sure about.

"We don't get the looks that we're quite as crazy doing this hypnosis thing."

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