Meghan Markle’s home birth ‘didn’t go to plan because of her untried pelvis’, doctor claims

IT has been revealed that Meghan Markle’s original aim for a home birth was changed as she was rushed to London’s private Portland Hospital on Sunday night.

A doctor has claimed that the Duchess of Sussex’s hopes may not have gone according to plan due to her having an “untried pelvis”.

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A doctor has claimed Meghan Markle had to change her home birth to go to hospital due to her ‘untried pelvis’[/caption]

Experts had previously warned that Meghan, 37, who is classed medically as a geriatric mum, would possibly need medical care due to her older age.

Sources had said the duchess was hoping for an all-female midwife-led team at Frogmore Cottage, but she was willing to go to hospital if it was best for the baby.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Peter Bowen-Simpkins, claimed: “When you have your first baby you essentially have an ‘untried pelvis’.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen when the body prepares for labour and birth.


Meghan Markle is thought to have given birth at The Portland Hospital in London[/caption]

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Meghan opted for the luxurious £20k Portland Hospital – where pal Victoria Beckham gave birth[/caption]

“If a woman is on her second or subsequent baby and has had a normal delivery before then it’s likely there wouldn’t be any problem at all. But you don’t know that’s going to be the case until you have your first baby.”

Around 45 per cent of first time mums transfer from home to hospital for the birth, according to a 2011 study.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been preparing for a home birth at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

But late on Sunday the Duchess was driven to the exclusive Portland private hospital in central London by Harry and their Scotland Yard security team.

The Portland offers five-star hotel service for new mums, with 36 private rooms as well as a nursery

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Meghan was driven to the luxurious Portland Hospital in London late on Sunday evening, before giving birth to a baby boy just hours later[/caption]

Meghan remained in the £15,000-a-night hospital overnight before going into labour in the early hours of Monday morning.

She had a smooth delivery, and her baby boy was born at the 5.26am sunrise on Monday morning weighing 7lb 3oz.

Sources said the operation to get Meghan – who was a week overdue – to the clinic was so secret that even senior royals weren’t told.

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The Royal couple had hoped for a home birth at Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The new parents had practised hypno-birthing and “wellness techniques” — such as chanting, aromatherapy and massage with essential oils — in the hope of reducing any need for an epidural or pain relief.

As well as a home birth, Los ­Angeles-born Meghan made it clear she wanted privacy rather than ­posing outside with her newborn shortly after.

Within hours of the dawn birth, the couple were back at Frogmore where Harry, 34, gave an impromptu press conference to break the news to the world.

Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, who is said to be “overjoyed” by the arrival of her first grandchild, is currently staying with the couple.

Sun doctor Carol Cooper had said previously it was more likely Meghan will have opted for a caesarean because of her age as she warned about the dangers of older mums giving birth.

She said: “As far as the labour goes, she is only 37 and if you are in your mid-thirties and you are eating healthily, exercising regularly and you are fit and are the right weight as she seems to be, there is no reason why she should have significantly more complications than a younger women.

“But statistically there are higher risks.”

Meghan’s dad, Thomas, who has been frozen out by Meghan, spoke of his pride at the birth of the baby – his sixth grandson.

The couple shunned the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her three children.

It was not the only royal tradition Meghan and Harry broke for the birth of their first child.


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