THE Duchess of Sussex may turn down the £7,500-a-night private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital for the much more basic Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.
Meghan is said to be eyeing up the maternity unit at the NHS-run hospital as it’s closer to their new Windsor pad – but it’s worlds apart from the five-star birthing experience Kate had.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had all three children at the fancy £7,500-a-night Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital[/caption]
Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and eight-month-old Prince Louis at the Lindo Wing in Paddington, so will Meghan break with tradition?
A royal source previously told the Daily Mail: “If their Royal Highnesses have moved to Frogmore Cottage before the birth, as planned, Frimley Park may be a more easily accessible option than St Mary’s.”
St Mary’s is 23 miles away from Windsor, whereas Frimley Park is located just 15 miles away and is where Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had a C-section with daughter Lady Louise.
While Bookies have slashed the odds of Meghan giving birth in Surrey – with Ladbrokes offering 5/6 on Frimley Park, followed by the Lindo Wing at 4/1.
A source has claimed that Meghan may give birth at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey[/caption]
Frimley hospital is closer to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, which is where the couple are said to be moving to this year[/caption]
The Lindo Wing offers mums-to-be the chance to indulge in afternoon tea, lavish menus and bottomless champagne to celebrate the birth.
En suite bathrooms at the plush wing are stocked with toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and lotions, and rooms come with satellite TV, WiFi, a sofa for guests and magazines for your stay.
Meanwhile, the large labour ward at Frimley Park, which doesn’t offer private care for maternity patients, is certainly more on the basic side.
There are 14 labour rooms available on the general ward, which saw 5,350 births from April 2016 to April 2017.
Frimley Park Hospital had 5,350 births from April 2016 to April 2017[/caption]
The general labour ward has 14 rooms, and the Mulberry Centre has four rooms[/caption]
Rooms in the Mulberry Centre come with beds, a birthing ball and a bean bag[/caption]
There is a bath birthing room available at Frimley Park Hospital – should Meghan wish to use it[/caption]
Women with uncomplicated deliveries tend to stay for around six to 12 hours after birth, and unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight.
Private postnatal rooms are available for £100-a-night – way less than the Lindo Wing’s £7,500-a-night price tag – and they don’t currently come with en suite facilities.
Alternatively, Meghan could opt to stay in one of the four birthing rooms in The Mulberry Birth Centre, which is more of a “homely environment” where the focus is on “birth without medical intervention”.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, gave birth to daughter Lady Louise at Frimley Park Hospital[/caption]
There are no deluxe birthing packages here, and rooms don’t come with TVs or fancy wine menus.
The Mulberry Birth Centre does have mood-changing lights and a pool room available, should Meghan wish.
Active birthing is encouraged, and rooms come with a bed, chair, a bean bag and an exercise ball available to assist labour.
Meghan could bring her own music, as CD players and docking stations are available to help mums-to-be create a personal environment.
The Mulberry Centre was refurbished and opened in 2015, with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, doing the honours.
What mums can expect from the five-star Lindo wing
All of the care packages at the Lindo wing include:
- Midwifery care throughout delivery and postnatal stay
- Theatre fees
- Routine midwife appointments and blood tests
- Paediatrician fee for first baby
- Nursery care
- Postnatal physiotherapy
- Routine medications and dressings
- Meals and daily newspaper
- Accommodation and breakfast for your partner, for each night of your postnatal stay
You will be expected to pay extra for:
- Any antenatal care (excluding midwifery appointment)
- Professional fees for obstetric services and anaesthetic services
- Blood transfusions, diagnostic tests and injections not specified in the package
- Non-routine take-home medication
- Induction (if required)
- Hearing check (unless NHS eligible)
- Additional guest meals
Mum Ana Klemencic Cabuk shared the spread she got when she stayed in the Lindo Wing after giving birth to her daughter Mia[/caption]
Mum Ana Klemencic Cabuk, of Richmond, revealed to Fabulous what giving birth was like at Kate Middleton’s Lindo Wing.
Her six-night stay there cost her around £10,000 and she likened the wing to a five-star hotel.
Ana, who is originally from Croatia and works in HR, explained: “Everything was nice and clean, and the bathroom had a good selection of toiletries and cosmetics – shampoos, conditioners, body lotions.
“You choose your food from the menu; you have a few options and every day they came and asked what my husband, Serdar, 38, and I would like.”
They also serve afternoon tea – and you can order Champagne with it[/caption]
Ana praised the delicious meals, which included fresh soups, a main course of lasagne and a panna cotta dessert[/caption]
You can pay as much as £7,500 a night for a stay at the Lindo Wing, which is described as being like a five-star hotel[/caption]
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