Sunday 18 August 2019

Meghan Markle is 'considering having a home birth for her first baby' later this month - source

Prince Harry and Meghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Prince Harry and Meghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy in Redvale on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand
Harry and Meghan during their wedding service (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Richard Pohle/The Times)
Meghan wearing Reiss at The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to mark International Women’s Day. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire Newsdesk Newsdesk

Meghan Markle is considering having her first baby at home at Windsor later this month, it has been reported.

Meghan (37) reportedly still practices yoga every day and is said to have 'sailed' through her pregnancy.

A friend told the Daily Mail that she is in extremely good health and sees no reason why she could not enjoy a safe delivery in the privacy of herself and Harry's home, Frogmore Cottage.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth herself gave birth to her all four children at Buckingham Palace or Clarence House.

"It is [Meghan's] favoured choice," a source told the Daily Mail, "but it obviously depends on how things are nearer the time."

It is understood that Meghan has ruled out using the Lindo Wing, where her sister-in-law Kate Middleton gave birth to her three children, or the idea of standing on the steps of a maternity unit surrounded by the public and the media in the hours after the birth.

Home births account for around 2.3 per cent – one in 40 births – in England and are normally led by a local midwife.

In Ireland in 2013, there were 217 home births.

The HSE says a home birth can be a safe option for low risk healthy women.  "Research shows that a planned home birth is an acceptable and safe alternative to a planned hospital birth for some pregnant women," it says.

Women may opt to have a home birth because they want to feel more in control, feel safer at home, want to avoid intervention, dislike being in hospital or don’t want to be separated from older children.

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