By Mirembe Martina
Even the Duchess of Cambridge wants to be like the rest of the women when it comes to giving birth.
The 31-year-old, according to the ABC News royal contributor, Victoria Murphy, wants to have a natural birth. “My understanding is that she intends to have a natural birth, but obviously it’s too early to say really,” she said.
Royal sources say the Duchess of Cambridge will deliver at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, which has a private maternity wing which requires a deposit of £5,500 pounds – or about $8,600 to book it. That money is in case she has a natural delivery but if she goes for cesarean, she will require nearly $12,000 to book.
The hospital’s brochure suggests that ‘Deluxe’ suites are available on request. A private delivery room in the Lindo Wing comes with a TV, a safe and a fridge, internet access and a daily newspaper of the patient’s choosing delivered each morning. A hotel kitchen prepares meals from an “extensive and nutritious” menu. “We offer a comprehensive wine list should you wish to enjoy a glass of Champagne and toast your baby’s arrival,” the brochure reads.
Dr. Javier Fajardo, an OB/GYN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said luxury birthing rooms are uncommon. “Is it really necessary? No,” he said. “I believe what’s important is to have a safe environment for the patient and for the infant.”
Like most expectant mothers, Middleton has a doctor who has been overseeing her pregnancy from the beginning, royal gynecologist to Queen Elizabeth, Dr. Marcus Setchell, who will be assisted by Dr. Alan Farthing.