The Duchess of Sussex is said to be reading up on hypnobirthing techniques as she prepares to welcome her first child in the spring – and could even consider giving birth at home in Windsor.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, is preparing to leave Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace as she and Prince Harry make Frogmore Cottage their official residence, and there is ‘some talk’ of her having the baby at the couple’s new home, according to Vanity Fair‘s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl.
As it’s the Duchess’ first child doctors could recommend a hospital birth, but Meghan is not expected to check into the private £7,500 a night Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to all three of her children, but rather a hospital in Windsor.
A source told the magazine Meghan is busy drawing up plans for a nursery at Frogmore Cottage as well as a ‘mother-in-law suite’ for Doria Ragland, who ‘will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth’.
The pregnant Duchess is still attending engagements, and last night made a surprise solo visit to King’s College London to discuss how higher education can help to tackle global issues like human trafficking with academics.
Meghan Markle is reportedly keen to have a natural home birth at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor when she welcomes her first child in the spring
The source said: ‘Doria plans to be around a lot when the baby arrives, and there are plans for her to have a dedicated space at their new home.
‘She wants to be on hand to help Meghan and Harry with the baby. Doria will be involved and if she’s involved she will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth.’
FEMAIL has contacted the palace for comment.
Giving birth at home would be in contrast to the exclusive Lindo Wing, where Amal Clooney gave birth to her twins last year, and which even offers champagne on its menu for thrilled parents to toast new arrivals.
Prices at the plush West London hospital ward start at an eye-watering £5,900 for a one-night stay, with a stay in one of the suites closer to £7,500.
Kate and William’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, were all born in the Lindo Wing, just like their father and their Uncle Harry before them.
The news that Meghan and Harry will move away from Kensington Palace to make their home 25 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor has seen rumours of a royal rift swirling in recent days.
However unlike her sister-in-law, who had all three of her children in the famous £7,500-a-night Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital, Meghan is said to be hoping a natural birth at home (Kate seen with Prince George in 2013)
What is hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is described as a complete antenatal education which teaches the expectant mother breathing techniques and self hypnosis for a natural birth free of pain relief.
The method teaches women how to relax their bodies to reduce pain and avoid releasing adrenaline caused by stress, which can prolong labour.
The method has many celebrity fans including Angelina Jolie, and reportedly Kate Middleton.
The Duchess of Sussex has long been an advocate of natural lifestyle choices including meditation, yoga and a balanced diet.
During her recent tour of Australia, Meghan told royal fans how she was relying on yoga to boost her energy levels.
The duchess’ mother Doria Ragland is a yoga instructor, and fitness fan Meghan – who was frequently snapped out and about with her yoga mat in the days before she joined The Firm – has previously described the practice as being ‘in her blood’.
Although the exact date Meghan is expected to give birth is a closely guarded secret, she was thought to be around 15 weeks pregnant during the recent Commonwealth Tour, which could mean she gives birth as early as March 2019.
Meghan having a natural birth has been encouraged by mother Doria Ragland (seen), who will reportedly be on hand to help when the baby arrives, and is a fan of yoga and mediation herself
After exchanging vows on May 19th in Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now preparing to welcome their first child
Traditionally royal babies were born at home, however this changed with Princess Diana being the first to give birth to William and Harry at the Lindo Wing (Diana seen with Harry in 1984)
Lindo Wing luxury: The services available to parents-to-be
- Patients are each given a private room with their own en suite bathroom. Deluxe rooms or sutites are available for patients who require extra space.
- The rooms offer satellite TV with major international channels, a radio, bedside phone and fridge.
- Free WiFi is available throughout and the hospital provides a choice of daily newspapers.
- Extensive menus cater for special dietary, cultural and religious requirements. Wine list is available with Champagne on offer.
- Range of optional extras are available, including the afternoon tea service.
- In-room services for new parents including massages.
- Exceptional levels of discretion and care, perfect for high-profile parents.
- The wing’s facilities include a secure, supervised nursery, so parents can enjoy much-needed rest
The maternity ward, is part of St Mary’s hospital which is an NHS hospital, founded in 1845, making it 173 years old