Kate Middleton is set to have her third child in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, it’s been confirmed.
The 36-year-old could give birth at any time and it’s now been revealed that she’ll be returning to the private ward where she had both Prince George, now 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, despite previous rumours suggesting she could give birth at home at Kensington Palace.
Parking has been suspended outside the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is going to have her baby over the next few weeks and press are said to be able to set up camp as of Wednesday.
It was also confirmed Monday that Middleton and Prince William, 35, have chosen not to find out whether they’re having a boy or a girl.
It’s thought that consultant obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and consultant gynaecologist Alan Farthing will both be on hand to help with the birth, according to the Daily Mail.
It’s also been reported that the royal is likely to have a team of more than 20 medical experts and other staff working, or on stand-by, from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary’s.
Katherine Filkins, 38, of London, recently spoke to Hello! Magazine about what it’s really like giving birth inside the exclusive ward.
The mother-of-two, who had originally booked a standard room for the birth but was later upgraded to one of the deluxe suites, which is where the royals are thought to stay, told the mag, “While the Lindo Wing was a functional hospital, it was a little bit like a hotel in terms of the service.
“You had really fancy toiletries, the quality of the food that you got was fantastic. There was a wine list, you could have had champagne if you wanted. Right after the birth, they bring you a delicious afternoon tea for you and your family.”
She continued, “We were given birthing balls, we could lower the lights – they actually recommended that – and you had a midwife that was dedicated to you and your birthing, so she would come and check on you very regularly. My husband was treated very well and they were more than happy to create a bed for him. He’d have a selection of meals to choose from the menu every day.”
The Palace confirmed that Middleton’s baby was due in April back in October, but her exact due date has never been announced.
Like her two previous pregnancies, Middleton had to announce the news before she had reached the 12-week stage because she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is an extreme form of morning sickness.