After Kate Middleton and Prince William arrived at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital around 5:30 am London time, and got settled into the super-posh private Lindo Wing, nearly 11 hours later Great Britain has a new prince, the Prince of Cambridge to be exact!
The third in line to the throne (behind Prince Charles and Prince William—and before Prince Harry) was born at 4:24 pm, weighing in at 8 lbs, 6 oz. The Prince was brought into this world in true royal fashion, in a luxury $9,000 a night suite that included an individual birthing room, birthing pool, satellite television, radio, internet access, daily newspaper deliveries and a personal safe. And for the parents and their guests, the Lindo Wing comes equipped with a catering staff, complete with a wine list and champagne to celebrate the happy occasion!
Contrary to reports, Kate’s mom Carole, a trained midwife, was not on hand in the delivery room. While most moms-to-be only see their OBs sporadically throughout their labor, at this high-end facility and with the royal heir waiting to come out, you can be sure that Kate’s every request was catered to by the nursing staff and her two doctors (the Queen’s former gynecologist and her current one).
Though we don’t know exactly what time Kate officially went into labor, the birth was at least 12 hours in the making—which isn’t bad for a first-time natural birth (she was not induced even though she was said to be past her due date). Perhaps Kate’s prenatal yoga paid off? She reportedly had been seeing a private yoga instructor at least one day a week for close to her entire pregnancy. Building core strength through yoga is said to help with both pushing and breathing during labor.
As expected, the official Royal announcement has been placed on an easel outside of Buckingham Palace for all the world to see. Now that His Royal Highness has arrived, we can all start obsessing over what his name will be! That news likely won’t be released for days. Congrats again to Kate and Will!
The Great Kate Wait is almost over! That’s right—Kate Middleton is in labor. After photographers and Royal Watchers have been on high alert since Kate Middleton’s rumored due date of July 13, and talk of needing to induce her started swirling, The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital around 6 am today in west London. Already in early labor, she and hubby Prince William were escorted through the back door to their exclusive room. Kate’s labor is said to be progressing normally (whatever that means since every pregnancy is so different!).
I’m sure no matter how many labor classes she and Will have taken, Kate is still nervous, anxious, exhausted, and completely excited. I know I was. My water broke at 4 am, and I arrived at the hospital around the same time as Kate. My doula told me not to rush to get to the hospital, but to take my time and take care of myself.
As crazy as it sounds, I freshened up and got dressed as my husband made us eggs and bacon for breakfast. How I could eat when I was so freaked out, I’ll never know! But my doula advised that labor could take many, many hours and once admitted to the hospital they don’t let you eat anything but white liquids. So I hope Kate had a full English Breakfast. Otherwise, she’s probably starving right about now!
Delivery rooms are so sterile, so I also hope that the royal team has made it comfy for Kate, packing her favorite pillow, like I did. It made a world of difference for me. According to E!, Kate is said to have planned a labor soundtrack of Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris and Of Monsters and Men tunes. I highly recommend letting your hubby play iPod DJ, ladies. It gives them something to do to make them feel useful, and the music really took my mind off of the pain. My soundtrack included Kanye West’s “Stonger” and Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started”. I wanted music that would pump me up (Think: energizing gym mix). But some women prefer a relaxed soundtrack to keep them calm. My husband prepared both just in case, but the party mix won out.
While I probably would have crumbled under such public scrutiny of my pregnancy, Kate has gone through her entire pregnancy with such grace. She made it look so easy! The good news for Kate is that the hard part (all that pushing!) is almost over for her, and she’ll soon be introduced to her precious baby, then the fun really begins. Congrats Kate and Will—you are going to love parenthood!
No wonder Kate Middleton plans to have her mom in the delivery room with her and Prince William—not only will Carole Middleton be a great support system, but she’s also a trained midwife! Kate won’t be following the royal tradition of having a baby nurse, either. Instead, the Duchess of Cambridge plans to stay in Berkshire, England, with her parents for at least six weeks after her birth, where she’ll have her mom teach her the feeding, bathing, and diaper-changing ropes.
While midwives are routinely used in the UK (and can account for up to 80 percent of the births in most parts of Europe), in the United States obstetricians are still the go-to for delivering babies. But midwives are on the rise in the US, reaching an all-time high, now delivering 12.1 percent of all vaginal births (doctors are always called in to do Cesarean sections). New Mexico has the highest rate in the US with midwives delivering 24 percent of women’s births in the state.
So what is a midwife, anyway? Someone who approaches birth more from a woman’s perspective than most physicians do, giving both emotional and physical support. Starting in the prenatal stages, they often take more of a holistic approach and put an emphasis on diet and exercise to prepare your body for having a baby.
During labor, they tend to spend more time in the delivery room than most OBs (who are usually nowhere to be found till you’re ready to push), and encourage women to try to give birth naturally, using alternative methods of dealing with the pain, including having women walk around, using an exercise ball as a birthing ball, trying different pushing positions to see what’s most comfortable, and applying warm compresses to the vaginal area to naturally stretch the skin to help prevent tears.
Where I live in New York City, I feel midwives are really making a comeback. I’ve known women who have opted to have a midwife for home and hospital births (I always thought you had to have a home birth with midwives—I was wrong!). I took the middle ground and had my OB deliver my baby, but had a doula present for the emotional support. After learning more about midwives, I’m not sure why more women don’t use them. Studies show that moms who use midwives have increased access to prenatal care, lower rates of cesarean births and obstetric interventions (like inducing labor), and babies with higher birth weights.
A word of warning, though: Midwives should really only be used in low-risk pregnancies with no complications, and midwives can have varying credentials from Certified Nurse-Midwives all the way down to the lay midwife who has no license to practice, with lots of other levels of licenses in between. So make sure to do your homework before hiring one so you know exactly what skill level and training your midwife has received.
TELL US: Have you or would you use a midwife? Why or why not?
Prince William was born 10 days before his expected due date back in 1982, so speculation is that Kate could give birth as soon as July 3. This news has all of England in a tizzy—as if they weren’t already excited enough for the birth of the heir to the throne!
I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but whether she’s really due on the 13th or the 3rd, there’s really no way of successfully predicting when she’ll go into labor. Due dates aren’t very accurate. Only a measly 5 percent of women actually give birth when their OB predicts they will.
For first time moms like Kate, one indicator of when she might give birth could be to look at when her mom Carole had her. According to research, if Carole was a week early, Kate could likely end up having her baby a week early also, because a lot of elements of pregnancy are hereditary. In my case, my mom was 10 days early with her first child, and I was 10 days early with mine. Freaky, right?
So as anxious as we all are to meet the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge, just like Kate and Will, we’re going to have to wait until nature takes its course!
TELL US: Did you go into labor on your due date? If you haven’t given birth yet, have you compared notes with your mom on when she went into labor with you?
Deciding how you’ll make your birth announcement is a huge decision—one, which many women start planning as soon as they know they’re pregnant. Or at least once they know whether they’re having a boy or girl!
Will you send a sweet Tweet? Add the news to your Facebook feed? Share a video with the ones you love via Vine? Post footage of the actual birth on YouTube for all the world to see? Go the more traditional birth announcement route? Or all of the above?
As the Duchess of Cambridge, those decisions are already made for the very pregnantKate Middleton. Her baby’s birth announcement will be much like an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine, where one thing is passed off and triggers another chain reaction (Check out the awesome OK GO video below as a fun example).
According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, the moment the Prince or Princess of Cambridge is born, an aide will run out of the hospital with a piece of precious paper in hand —a signed bulletin on foolscap-sized paper carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead, to be exact—with all of the usual details, such as baby’s sex, weight and time of birth (the name will most likely be announced later, with a photo to follow). Much like in a relay race, the piece of paper will then be handed off to a waiting driver to be taken to Buckingham Palace.
Once the Queen hears about the birth (and she will not be woken up to be told about the birth, if it should take place in the middle of the night—a Queen needs her beauty sleep!), and all of the other important family members on both sides know, then and only then will the notice be placed on an easel outside of the Palace for revelers, TV cameras and every last person on the planet to gawk at.
After the adoring public has had a significant amount of time to see the official notice, the news will be put on the Palace’s official Twitter feed. Being a Royal could be seen as having your freedom taken away from you, as you can’t make even the smallest decision such as a birth announcement yourself, but it could also be seen as a stress-free way to live. I sort of envy the fact Kate won’t have to sit up at night pondering the important question of: Do I include the bare bottom shot in the birth announcement or will my son forever hate me if I do?