Kate MiddletonAs if Kate Middleton's life couldn't get any more fairy-tale perfect. Not only did she deliver the beautiful prince George Alexander Louis this week, she also reportedly had the exact kind of delivery she was hoping for -- a natural birth.  

We knew she was considering using hypnobirthing and eschewing any kind of drugs. And if Access Hollywood and Perez Hilton are to be believed, that's just how it happened.

With every frock she dons selling out in record time, I can only imagine what this news (even if unconfirmed) is going to do for the natural birth movement. If Kate Middleton can handle natural birth, I bet we're going to see a whole lot more women around the world wanting to try it too.

It's a good thing. There are so very many benefits to natural births. From a reduced risk of Cesarean sections, the use of forceps, and vacuum extraction to the avoidance of side effects from anesthesia, there are physical benefits as well as emotional.

Of course, just like not everyone can be a princess, not everyone can have a natural birth. I had two c-sections so it wasn't an option for me, and if it had been an option, I still don't think I would have taken it. I was terrified of the pain and would have taken all the drugs I could have gotten no matter what.

It's a personal decision every woman has to make for herself, but I am glad to see that Kate got the birth she wanted. And if she inspires others to rethink how they might want to birth their babies, then there are certainly worse things to emulate.

Are you glad to learn that Kate Middleton had a natural birth? Do you think it will increase the rate of natural births?

 

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