The wife of Premier League footballer Wes Brown has talked about her experiences of hypnobirthing and how it changed her view of childbirth.
Leanne Brown told the Manchester Evening News how she tried the labour technique for her third child and it was "beautiful", although she admitted that when she first attended the classes she was sceptical.
She described how the births of her first two children were manic and painful, but her third was fine because she was relaxed.
Ms Brown said: "All the talk in parenting classes is about pain and pain relief, so you're bound to get frightened. But when you're scared, your body tenses up, making it worse. You have to change the way you think."
Writing for Mindful Mum, midwifery expert Amanda Gwynne agreed and claimed that more money should be spent on ensuring that women are feeling relaxed when they go into labour, rather than introducing further medical interventions. She suggested ladies could then experience the joy of giving birth.
Ms Gwynne pointed out that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has just introduced "controversial" new guidelines allowing women to choose to have a caesarean section even if it is not necessary - a move she disagrees with.