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!
Of course I’m obsessed with the frenzy around Kate Middleton’s Bump Watch (who isn’t?). So I’m reading anything and everything I can get my hands on about her pregnancy. Us Weekly reports that if the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labor early, while she is still in Anglesey, Wales, that she will be flown—in a helicopter—to London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, which is 70 minutes away. I want to go on record as saying this plan is bananas!
Don’t even get me started on helicopter safety. According to Slate, they are a staggering 85 times more dangerous than cars! That jarring fact aside, I know it’s extremely rare for first-time moms to deliver babies so quickly (the average labor for a first-timer is 14 hours; while women who’ve given birth before tend to have an average labor of 8 hours), but there is an ever-so-slight chance that the future prince or princess could be born in a cramped helicopter! It’s not that outrageous of a thought, actually. This woman from Michigan didn’t think her husband would be delivering her baby in their car on the side of the freeway, either. But that’s exactly what happened. She wasn’t due for three more weeks, so she thought it was impossible for her to be going into labor. But after about four and a half hours of contractions, they hopped in the car to go to the hospital and—boom—baby on board!
I live in New York City, land of subways, busses and taxis and very high parking rates ($500 a month in our neighborhood!). My husband and I don’t have a car, so we knew that we’d be taking a taxi to the hospital when I was ready to deliver. My husband had nightmares about this (literally). With us living in lower Manhattan and my hospital being all the way on the Upper East Side, he was terrified that I’d go into labor in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic and that he would have to be the one to deliver our son in the back of a dirty taxi with the baby’s first smell being some awful mixture of incense and vomit. Oh, and did I mention that my husband’s so squeamish about blood that he almost passes out when he gets a paper cut? Yep, it’s that bad.
I, on the other hand, was convinced I would have an excruciatingly long labor that would go on for days, so there was no chance I’d be so lucky enough to give birth within a mere few hours. Needless to say, when my water broke at 4 am and we immediately found a taxi and made it to the hospital safely, then had the baby eight hours later (many of those hours I actually slept through!), we were both extremely relieved.
I hope for Kate and William’s sake that their baby’s birth goes as smoothly as ours, and that there are no transportation-related birth surprises in their future. Though, if Kate did deliver the royal heir in a helicopter—or even a car—that would make for an amazing news story, and I would devour every word of it!
TELL US: If you’re already a mom, how long were you in labor? Did you end up having the baby in a strange place?
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?