Kate Middleton is reportedly going to undergo hypnotherapy to help with the pain of her expected childbirth in July.
“The main principle of hypnobirthing is to remove fear. If you can achieve this, you will considerably reduce, and in some cases eliminate, pain, leading to an easier, calmer and more comfortable birth experience," Katharine Graves, a hypnobirthing expert, told Yahoo! News in May.
However, two research reviews in 2004 and 2008 found insufficient evidence to show that hypnotherapy actually works for childbirth pain.
"Kate has researched various birthing methods. She wants it to be natural, so hypnobirthing 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," a source told the UK's Grazia Magazine. "Some of her friends have used this method and swear by it. Kate wants to do it her way and be relaxed."
"Kate's very excited about the idea of hypnobirth. She's exploring lots of options but thinks it sounds very interesting," another source told Now magazine.
Reports also claim Kate will have a natural birth in a birthing pool at St. Mary Hospital in London, notes International Business Times.
As usual, these reports about the Duchess of Cambridge quote unnamed sources, which the royal family will not confirm or deny.
"We appreciate it's a happy occasion but there are some matters which should remain private to the duchess," said a spokeswoman for the royal family.