Tiffani Thiessen Is Planning a Hypnobirth! Um, What's a Hypnobirth?

The glowing mom-to-be is embracing an alternative method to delivering her baby -- and she's not the only one

Pregnant actress Tiffani Thiessen's due date is fast approaching, and now, she has shared her birth plan with Pregnancy magazine. "I’m going to give a Girl Scout effort to hypnobirthing," says the former Beverly Hills 90210 and Saved by the Bell star. "I'm really excited about it." Awesome! We're so happy for her! Wait -- what's hypnobirthing, exactly?

Hypnobirth is a method of natural childbirth popularized by the 1989 book Hypnobirthing -- A Celebration of Life. This drug alternative uses "self-hypnosis" to deal with the pain of labor -- and while it sounds freaky, it's actually just a combination of visualization and relaxation techniques designed to keep moms calm during labor. Advocates say that it makes birth virtually pain-free. And it apparently worked for Jessica Alba, who described the birth of daughter Honor Marie as "really Zen" and "more like meditation."

Natural childbirth has become super-popular in recent years among celebrities. Cougartown's Busy Philips is another hypnobirth advocate. Model Gisele Bundchen bragged about her pain-free, at-home water birth in February after delivering son Benjamin. And Demi Moore apparently gave birth to all three daughters at home. Former talk-show diva Ricki Lake even produced a 2006 documentary about natural home births vs. hospital births, including graphic footage of herself delivering her baby in her own bathtub.

Of course, there are celebrities who go the other route. When Helena Bonham Carter was pregnant with daughter Nell, Time Out New York asked if she was nervous about the birth. Her reply? "Truth be told, I'm rather looking forward to the epidural."

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Do you think the pain of childbirth can be managed without drugs? Chime in below!

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