Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Kate inspires rise in home birth enquiries

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  • Kate Middleton’s prenatal plans have prompted other expectant mothers to enquire about ‘additional services and practices to help aid peace of mind and relaxation during pregnancy’, according to a new survey.

    A survey of 1,592 UK adults carried out by the country’s largest private provider of home birth services, Private Midwives, has revealed that 62% of mums-to-be would now choose to have their baby in a birthing suite if it was possible.

    This no-expense-spared approach to labour is more akin to the Duchess of Cambridge who had both Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the infamous Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

    Private Midwives is a Care Quality Commission registered and regulated service which connects expectant parents with expert midwives who provide antenatal care, birth care and support, and postnatal care at times and locations that work best for parents-to-be.

    The company have also revealed that they have experienced a 44% increase in enquires for their services following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s announcement that they are expecting their third child, and reports emerged that Kate is considering having her third child at home.

    Linda Bryceland, director of midwifery, quality and safety at Private Midwives, said: ‘We’ve seen a definite rise in interest surrounding home births following the Duchess of Cambridge’s announcement.’

    Prince William and Kate were forced to reveal sooner than they planned that the Duchess was expecting last month after she once again suffered from a severe morning sickness condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The terrible condition left Kate bed-ridden and forced her to pull out of official events and miss Prince George’s first day of school.

    Prince William admitted that it’s been an ‘anxious time’ with Kate’s pregnancy so far, but she is feeling better now. He also revealed the natural remedies that Kate had been trying to ease her morning sickness, including nibbling on ginger biscuits.

    The Duchess of Cambridge is due to return to the public eye on 10th October when she will join Prince William and Prince Harry at a reception for World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace. The event will be Kate’s first public appearance since the news of her pregnancy was announced.

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