Why Meghan Markle's Childbirth Will Be Unusual For A Royal
The Duchess of Sussex looks set to break royal tradition again as she hires a "doula" for her baby's birth.
Pregnant Meghan Markle, 37, is reported to have hired an extra pair of hands for when she gives birth in April this year.
According to The Sun in the UK, doula Lauren Mishcon is set to be her carer alongside a regular midwife for the big day in April. And according to reports, Lauren has also been coaching Prince Harry on what to say and do for Meghan during the birth itself.
If that is correct, then it will be the first time in centuries that a doula has been used for a royal birth.
Of course, because Meghan.
If, like us, you're not sure what a doula actually does then we got you covered. The birth carer role first appeared in America in the 1970s and is there to relieve stress during pregnancy and labour, helping with breathing and positions among other things. According to The Sun there are claims within the industry that doulas (the Greek word for "woman servant") can reduce a labour by two hours.
Which is surely a help. Especially with a bunch of photographers waiting outside, right?
As for the continuing mystery about where Meghan will actually deliver her baby, the plot has thickens, with staff at the £6,000-a-night ($AU10,829) Lindo Wing at London’s St Mary’s Hospital being ordered not to take April off. This is the same hospital where Prince William and Kate Middleton delivered all their children, and it was first thought that Meghan would go elsewhere.
Adding more mystery, on the Doula UK message board Ms Mishcon -- who runs her own business called From Tummy To Mummy -- posted with a winking emoji when asked if it was true, adding: "I’m busy in Spring. I could not possibly say."
When asked by The Sun about her famous client-to-be, Ms Mishcon said: “Well, I am obviously not at liberty to talk about who, or who might not, be my client. So I can’t possibly … I wouldn’t be able to talk to you about anything.”
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