Thursday 17 August 2017

Kate Middleton had 22 medical staff assist in Princess Charlotte's delivery and 'everyone was sworn to secrecy'

25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
Princess Charlotte is captured in this portrait taken by her mother Kate and released by the British royal family this week. Getty Images
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to greet guests attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton and Prince William present Princess Charlotte to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greets guests attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

A princess was never going to give birth like the rest of us.

Three months before Kate Middleton welcomed her second child with Prince Willliam - Princess Charlotte - a team of doctors were "on call" waiting to assist in labour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended their first Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday and were pictured chatting with Professor Tiong Ghee Teoh, a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist and anesthesiologist Dr. Johanna Bray, who were both working when she gave birth to Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Middleton gave birth at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, the same hospital where Princess Diana welcomed Princes William and Harry.

Princess Charlotte is captured in this portrait taken by her mother Kate and released by the British royal family this week. Getty Images
Princess Charlotte is captured in this portrait taken by her mother Kate and released by the British royal family this week. Getty Images

“I was back-up to Guy Thorpe-Beeston [who delivered the prince and princess],” Professor Teoh said.

"We had a huge team. Anything that could possibly go wrong, we had a team of people behind each specialty. Everyone was sworn to secrecy."

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While Dr. Bray added, "We weren’t actually at the birth but were behind the scenes. We were all on call for three months – my husband did the childcare for three months! You never know when you need to be called. You need to be in town and available. If you are at a party you need to have your car keys at the ready. No drinking!

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to greet guests attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to greet guests attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"There were about 20 of us that would regularly meet to discuss things."

The medical team consisted of two obstetricians, three midwives, three anesthetists, four surgical staff, two special care baby-unit staff, four pediatricians, one lab technician and three to four managers.

Teoh added that the 35-year-old royal was "a fit young woman", saying: "At the end of the day you want to deliver a healthy, happy baby to a healthy, happy mother – and that’s what happened."

Kate Middleton and Prince William present Princess Charlotte to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London
Kate Middleton and Prince William present Princess Charlotte to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London

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