Kate Middleton is a strong friggin’ Duchess, isn’t she?
The 33-year-old mom-of-two delivered the Royal Baby, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, without an epidural, in the early hours of Saturday morning. She and Prince William arrived at London’s St Mary’s Hospital at 6:00 a.m. and gave birth to little Charlotte, who weighed in at 8lb., 3oz., two and a half hours later. Us Weekly reports:
A close source tells Us Weekly that the Duchess of Cambridge, who was also accompanied by her husband, Prince William, as she delivered, gave birth to her first daughter, the Princess of Cambridge, naturally, in the company of her trusted midwives.
The two ladies who handled the Duchess’ delivery were midwife Arona Ahmed and Professor of Midwifery at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Jacqui Dunkley-Bent. According to the source, Kate had bonded with the two midwives during her first birth (the duo helped deliver Prince George nearly two years earlier, also at the Lindo Wing), and made sure that they remained on call for a month before her anticipated delivery date.
Consultant Guy Thorpe Beeston was also on hand to make sure all went well with the birth, along with his team of doctors; Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynecologist, Dr Sunit Godambe, Consultant Neonatologist at Imperial College NHS Trust and Professor Huw Thomas, Physician to HM The Queen and Head of the Medical Household.
The source tells Us that the delivery went “remarkably well,” and that there were no complications at all. The speed of the delivery “was a surprise to all” and the proud new parents are “both so happy,” the source continues.
After leaving hospital less than 12 hours after delivering her daughter, Middleton and her new daughter continue to be monitored by her midwife team at home. On Sunday, May 3, new mom Kate and her day-old baby were visited at Kensington Palace by Professor Jacqui Dunkley-Bent at around 6 p.m.
Woah, just TWO HOURS? Good lord, that’s the quickest labor I’ve ever heard of. I guess you don’t really need an epidural if your baby comes into the world in less time than it takes to bake a cake…