For most pregnant women, setting up a birth plan is important. Having some semblance of control in an unpredictable situation can make a big difference to one’s peace of mind. It’s a way for parents-to-be to keep things as organized as possible, and for A-type organizers it’s a way to make sure they’re on top of things when they might be feeling frazzled (frazzled is putting it mildly, but we don’t want to scare anyone).
As we all know, the Duchess of Sussex likes to run a tight ship, and in preparation for the birth of her and Prince Harry‘s first baby, she’s got some ideas of how she wants to do things. First thing? She wants a female doctor. Which means the Royal Household gynecologists have been demoted.
The Mail on Sunday reported that Meghan is parting with royal tradition and has “politely declined using Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston as her main physicians” and is going with her own female-led delivery team.
“Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits,” one source told the Mail. “She was adamant that she wanted her own people. It did leave a few of us a little baffled.”
Another insider added, “It is slightly surprising. These people [the Queen‘s doctors] are the best of the best and when it comes down to it, their role would actually be very limited in the birth itself, assuming all goes to plan.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.
Farthing and Thorpe-Beeston were there for the births of William and Kate‘s three children, and Princess Diana and Princess Anne also delivered their children under the men’s care. According to protocol, the Queen’s doctors can’t be completely excluded from Harry and Meghan’s day so they’ll be involved in some capacity — just not the main event. Thorpe-Beeston, in particular, is a specialist in high-risk births and since, due to her ‘advanced age’ (we know, we know), 37-year-old Meghan is considered high-risk, his services may be needed.
Another source considers this a non-issue, saying, “Above all, this is her birth, her baby, and she must do whatever feels right for her. How could anyone judge her for that?,” adding, “No one has thought anything of it because it really is ever so personal.”
Yep, all of that. Whoever is in charge of the medical part of Baby Sussex’s birth should be up to Meghan and Harry. We may love the Sussexes to the point of obsession but what they choose to do with their baby shouldn’t matter to anyone else but them. As long as Mom, Baby and Dad are good, that’s all we should really care about.
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A message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: “Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis. Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.” ‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops’ – Kate Sheppard #commonwealth 🇳🇿🇦🇺🇫🇯🇹🇴 📷 The Duke of Sussex