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Hypnobirthing gets the royal seal of approval, but does it actually work?

As Kate Middleton admits that she quite enjoyed labour thanks to hypnobirthing, Tanya Sweeney weighs up the pros and cons of the celeb-approved birthing method - and examines the evidence behind it

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media, standing on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media, standing on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England

Meghan Markle. Photo: PA

Meghan Markle. Photo: PA

Jessica Alba. Photo: Getty

Jessica Alba. Photo: Getty

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Even though there was a scrum of the world's media outside, the birthing suite inside the famous Lindo Wing was an oasis of calm and tranquillity.

So much so, in fact, that Kate Middleton has recently revealed that she 'really quite liked' the experience of natural childbirth.

Speaking on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, the duchess revealed that she had used hypnobirthing techniques during her three pregnancies, in between battling bouts of severe morning sickness.


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