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?
While billions of people worldwide are waiting with anticipation to see when Kate Middleton will go into labor this July, there’s only one person who will make her child’s birth an event that will go down in history: Prince William. According to reports, he is planning to be in the delivery room with Kate, which may sound like no big deal (um, aren’t all dads these days?), but it is apparently a historical occasion.
This would be the first royal birth ever where the dad was present for the delivery. That’s right, when Prince William was born, Prince Charles was off playing polo. When Prince Charles was born, Prince Philip was playing squash. And the list goes on and on.
I can’t even begin to fathom what it would have been like going into the delivery room without my husband holding my hand, encouraging me, and DJing the occasion (I needed party music to keep me energized for the big labor pushes). You need all of the support you can get, especially for your first birth, where you’re pretty much clueless no matter how many books you’ve read and classes you’ve taken. Sure, if Will follows the royal precedence, Kate Middleton could have her mom Carole and/or sister Pippa by her side, but it’s just not the same.
In my opinion, there is no one—or anything—who can help you achieve total relaxation like the one you love. So I hope for Kate’s sake, William does break the royal tradition so he can be there for Kate and their newborn. I think he’d kick himself if he missed it. Prince William, here are some support tips for you (and other dads) to follow in the delivery room. Don’t let Kate down!
TELL US: Should your partner be in the delivery room with you, or would you rather have your mom or someone else? What if your guy chose to play or watch sports instead?
When Prince William marriedKate Middleton in April 2011, one million people lined the streets near London’s Westminster Abbey, where the two wed, and an estimated one billion people watched their nuptials on TV from the comforts of their homes. So it’s no surprise that the world has gone mad over the pending birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s heir—and what Kate Middleton’s due date might be!
According to the Brit newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, it was recently revealed at a barbecue (of all places!) that Kate Middleton’s due date is July 13. To add to the frenzy, that date falls within the Coronation Festival, a four-day celebration to mark 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, which gives Royal Watchers even more reason to freak out!
Let’s face it, as much as people love a good wedding, a baby’s birth trumps the “I do’s” every time. Add to that a royal spin, and it’s all-out Babymania. When Kate wore a white-and-black polka-dot dress from Topshop‘s maternity line last month, within days the dress had completely sold out online. She bought a navy blue Bugaboo stroller, and it made headlines. People were shocked by the cost (they range from $700-1800 with all of the extras), and questioned whether the hue gave away the fact that Kate and William are expecting a boy (they have yet to comment on the baby’s sex, but in March it was believed that Kate accidentally let it slip at an event that she was having a daughter).
Just like how people stayed up all hours and threw parties to commemorate the royal wedding, I’m sure the same amount of fervor will go into celebrating the birth of William and Kate’s baby, whenever that is (due dates are rarely spot on!). I can see all of the tacky tchotchkes now—the royal onesies and toddler-sized plates with the baby’s face on them, the special-edition diapers stamped with the Palace seal, the rattle in the shape of the royal scepter. And as cheesy as they all are, they will sell out in a matter of seconds.
I remember it being weird for me that all of my mom’s friends (many of whom I’d never met) seemed to know everything about my pregnancy, because my mom can’t keep quiet about good news. I can’t even fathom how it must feel for Kate to have the whole world talking about her, the royal bump, her maternity style, baby gear purchases, due date…and the list goes on! Of course she knew when she married William that it would be a crazy life, but with all of the added emotions that come with pregnancy, I can’t help but wonder how she’s holding up. I’m sure she sneaks off for a good cry every now and then. I know I would.
Tell us: Are you excited for Kate to have the baby, or do you think it’s silly there’s so much hype surrounding the birth?