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Meghan Markle has reportedly hired a doula and is learning hypno-birthing techniques

She’s a couple months away from giving birth, and it looks like Meghan Markle is getting herself prepared for the big day, as she’s reportedly hired a doula.

Unlike a midwife, a doula or non-medical assistant, gives women emotional support during pregnancy and birth helping to assist the mum through key decisions, provide reassurance and encouragement.

“Meghan is focused on calm and positive energy around the birth — she’s a big believer in that,” a source told Us Weekly.

Meghan Markle has reportedly hired a doula and is learning hypno-birthing

The doula has reportedly made lots of regular visits to Meghan at home and is expected to be coaching her on giving birth as she gets closer to her due date.

What’s more, the publication reports that Prince Harry is also very involved and “is doing everything he can to make sure Meghan’s comfortable and happy.”

Meghan has reportedly been learning hypno-birthing techniques and is having acupuncture

There’s also been reports that the Duchess of Sussex has also been learning some hypno-birthing techniques for labour.

“Meg wants a natural birth if she can have one. Her mother is very into anything that is holistic and natural, and having been brought up with yoga and mindfulness, it’s all very much part of Meghan’s birth plan,” a source told Vanity Fair.

The insider also added that Meghan has also been having acupuncture sessions.

 

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“Meghan has been having regular acupuncture sessions to help her unwind and relax. It’s brilliant for the blood circulation and boosting blood flow to the uterus,” they revealed.

“She plans to use acupuncture right up to her due date.”

Meghan and Harry’s royal baby is due to arrive in late April or early May.

How a doula is different from a midwife

Midwives play a significant role in most of our pregnancy and birth journeys. These incredible health professionals provide crucial care from pregnancy through to the postpartum period.

However, a doula is more of a friend. Someone who provides immense emotional support to a mum-to-be (and her partner) before, during and after a baby is born.

Doulas often find themselves helping women overcome birthing or parental anxieties.

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