- Meghan Markle was being coached through the recent birth of daughter Lilibet by a doula in London.
- “Pregnancy guru” Dr Gowri Motha is a holistic obstetrician who has also worked with Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Her “Gentle Birth” method involves reflexology, massage, breathwork, and visualization.
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When Meghan Markle gave birth to her second child with Prince Harry, daughter Lilibet Diana on June 4, she was being coached over the phone by a doula in London, according to a new report from People.
“Pregnancy guru” Dr. Gowri Motha, who has also advised Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, advocates a “Gentle Birth” method, involving visualization, reflexology, and yoga in preparation for an intervention-free labor.
The Duchess of Sussex previously worked with Motha when she gave birth to her first child, Archie Harrison, in London in May 2019.
Holistic obstetrician Motha’s method during pregnancy involves massages, the “Bowen technique” for pelvic release, “pelvic dhara (oil poured in a continuous stream over the lower back and sacrum to relax the pelvic muscles),” and “Rectal oil micro enema to sedate the pelvic nerves.”
During labor, Motha’s guidance includes:
- Visualization of “your cervix opening efficiently and your pelvis opening easily”
- Reflexology and “healing massage”
- Breath coaching for contractions.
According to an article by The Tot, Motha also teaches birthing clients to “access an altered state of awareness that make the experience of birthing seem distant and bearable and pleasant.”
The birth attendance service costs £1,500 ($2,090).
After labor, Motha recommends eating a vegetarian diet for two weeks.
“Eat kedgeree, rice and mung daal, rice congee, chicken broth and light vegetables – nothing gassy like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower,” she told People. “Butternut squash is good and asparagus, too.”
Motha also advises new mothers use a soft cotton tummy wrap.