Figuring out where you want to give birth -- be it at a hospital, a birthing center, or at home -- is a highly personal decision that requires taking many factors into consideration. No matter what you decide, you're sure to raise a few eyebrows with your choice. And you're probably going to raise more than just a few, if you're Kate Middleton, who sources say would like to give birth to royal baby #3 at home.
The pregnant Duchess has told friends that she would “love” to have her next child either at Kensington Palace or Anmer Hall, her home with Prince William on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, according to U.K. outlet Express.
A royal source in London reportedly said, “Catherine has said she would love to have her baby at home. She has discussed it with William and he is being very supportive. They both think it would be lovely for the family to have a home birth, particularly for George and Charlotte. Above all, they both agree that having a home birth would save a massive intrusion into the day to day running of any hospital where she gave birth."
Back in July 2013, Prince George was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where William and Harry were also born in 1982 and 1984. Princess Charlotte arrived there, as well, in May 2015. But those experiences may have turned the Duke and Duchess off of welcoming their new L.O. at St. Mary's.
"They were very concerned about the chaos caused with the first two children as hundreds of press and public camped outside for several days, and they would like to avoid a repeat if they could," the royal source explained. "They don’t think it’s fair on other patients at the hospital and people visiting their relatives.”
Of course, home birth is nothing new for the royal family. Express points out that the Queen was born at her parents' London home, and all of her sons (Charles, Andrew, and Edward) were born at Buckingham Palace, while Princess Anne was born at Clarence House, where Charles and Camilla now reside.
And the buzz about Kate wanting to give birth at home this time isn't exactly new. Apparently, midwives have been discussing it for a while now. One prominent midwife is quoted as saying, “It’s quite a small world and everyone seems to know this is what Kate wants. At the moment we are all expecting it to be at Kensington Palace, unless she goes into labour while up at Norfolk.”
The Duchess supposedly wanted to give birth to Charlotte at home, but her request was nixed, because the little princess is the "spare" to the "heir," her older brother Prince George. “Obviously the third child would be down the pecking order, and so there would be less pressure on William and Kate, but in the end, they will do what they feel is best.” Truly, that's all any expectant parents can do -- even when they're royals!