This Is Where Meghan Markle May Give Birth To Royal Bub
The Duchess of Sussex is due to give birth at any time now and it looks like she could break tradition and not have her baby at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital.
Talk about making your own rules.
In fact, there is a real chance she's now going to pop into the nearest hospital to Frogmore Cottage, NHS Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, should she not choose a home birth.
Which is also possible, given that it's Meghan. Right?
But back to Frimley Park -- what do we know?
Well, this is an NHS hospital (that means it's National Health, a little like our public Medicare system here) not a private one, so there won't be the fancy food and luxury facilities of the Lindo Wing. No "modern, private ensuite rooms" or "meals made to order on site by our team of talented chefs". And no "celebratory high tea with optional champagne to welcome your new arrival" here.
But the hospital has a great reputation for its number of uncomplicated, natural births -- women tend to leave within four to six hours.
And it's just a 29-minute drive from Frogmore Cottage as opposed to a 60-minute-plus drive to the Lindo Wing from Windsor.
The maternity unit is called the Mulberry Birth Centre and according to the site, offers a "home from home environment".
"The birth centre has five birth rooms, with en-suite facilities and one which includes a birth pool with mood lighting" according to the centre's website. "The rooms are furnished to support your choice of natural birth and create an atmosphere that will help you and your birth partner feel as calm as possible."
Perfect if Prince Harry is a little nervous as a first-time dad.
The emphasis of the Mulberry Birth Centre is on the use of mobility and water to cope with labour. And Meghan, "when you are in established labour your birth room will be ready to provide and promote active birth, which means that you will be encouraged to move about freely and to find your own comfortable positions during contractions," they say. "Slings, bean bags, birthing balls and mats" helps women be active during labour -- well known for improving the birthing experience and facilitating normal birth.
They also encourage mums to bring their own music -- CD players and docking stations are available -- and small personal items to create a homely and relaxing atmosphere.
The countdown is well and truly on!
Feature image: Getty.