Kate Middleton’s Surprise Birth Plan
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.
Whether Prince William is present or not, the birth of the royal heir, who is the third in line to the British throne, will likely take place in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where Princess Di gave birth to Prince William—and it mighteven be a water birth. The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be researching all kinds of birthing methods, and according to British mag, Grazia, Kate is also considering Hypnobirthing—the use of hypnosis to reach maximum relaxation and comfort during childbirth.
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?
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on June 2nd, 2013 at 11:57 pm
My husband will be by my side. No exceptions!
on June 3rd, 2013 at 12:41 am
First royal birth ever? What about Prince Andrew or Prince Edward when their children were born? Surely Prince William won’t be the first father present! On a personal note, my husband will be there, holding my hand and away from the business end! I want him to be there, but I don’t want him to see everything!
on June 3rd, 2013 at 1:34 am
What? Prince Charles was present on both his son’s births — as was Queen Victoria’s husband in the 19th century. Prince Philip was a pretty hands-on father for a man of his generation and background. So this supposed “royal tradition” is a myth, used to feed the fantasy of Kate & William being so modern and down-to-earth, while the other Royals are frumpy and aloof – neither of which is completely accurate. Surely you could use sources other than tabloids when discussing other people’s private lives and choices?
on June 3rd, 2013 at 3:50 am
This blog post is ridiculous. Prince Albert was present at all his children’s births, in the 19th century! Prince Charles was there when William and Harry were born, as well.
on June 3rd, 2013 at 4:57 am
According to this, Prince Charles also “broke royal tradition” by attending William’s birth in a hospital, and Diana also had a natural birthing coach.
Apparently breaking tradition every generation is something of a royal tradition! 🙂
on June 3rd, 2013 at 10:42 am
In my opinion, I believe the guy, husband or not, should be in the delivery room. If my husband wasn’t in the delivery room and choose to play/watch sports instead would get his sorry a** kicked before and after the arrival of our precious baby. (If he put it in there, accident or not, he should be there. That’s my strong opinion.)
on June 3rd, 2013 at 7:52 pm
I was in the delivery room a month ago when my twin sister gave birth, along with her husband. I was also there for the birth of her first child, 3 yrs ago, ironically in the exact same room for both. I wouldn’t have been any where else in the world than with my sister to see my niece and nephew’s first moments. It’s breathtaking and completely a special event that a husband (or a sister) shouldn’t miss. How can you get that moment back? Pictures are NOT the same!!
on July 20th, 2013 at 10:04 am
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I told my husband I didn’t care who was there as long as my doula was. He wouldn’t have missed it for anything and there ended up being almost 15 spectators outside of my OB, doula, mother, and husband, as they’d supposedly “never seen a natural birth or precipitous labor” before (sad) but I still didn’t care because my doula was the only person I needed to be able to focus on what I was doing. I feel the same way this time except of course I want my daughter there as long as nothing is wrong, but I am totally one with my mom and husband in the room as well.
on July 20th, 2013 at 10:05 am
Totally fine* not one #hateautocorrect
on December 19th, 2013 at 8:29 pm
I’d prefer to have just my husband and a midwife there, though the midwife part hasn’t happened for me yet. I labor and birth so quickly that my husband has had to deliver both our children. Maybe one day I’ll be able to have a midwife present.
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