As of this writing, it has been 13 hours and counting since Kate Middleton went into labor with her first child, the heir to the British throne. With little in the way of “news” to report, CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen was introduced to report on what giving birth is like in the United Kingdom. To do this, Cohen feature a new “birthing chair” and interviewed a woman while she was in labor.
Cohen said that the system of birthing is vastly different in Britain, noting that they emphasize “what they call ‘normal births.’”
Cohen said that the British health care system discourages the use of epidurals during the labor process, preferring to have women give birth in a bathtub or a “birthing chair.” To use the chair, as Cohen demonstrated, one hangs on to a dangling rope which the mother is encourage to squeeze in order to vent her pain.
Finally, Cohen interviewed a mother already in labor in the U.K. who had been administered “laughing gas” as part of her pain management regimen.
Cohen said that Middleton will have access to any of the above, including a “birthing ball.”
Watch the clip below via CNN:
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