When the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth on Saturday, two midwives were at her side: Arona Ahmed and her boss, Jacqui Dunkley-Bent, Professor of midwifery at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. According to reports, Bent had apparently developed a good rapport with Kate when she delivered Prince George two years ago at St Mary’s Hospital, West London. Although there was a large birth team involved, including a team of surgeons, Kate didn’t need them, using only the midwives to deliver her daughter — just 154 minutes after being admitted to the hospital, by the way! Inquisitr reports, “It was noted that Duchess Catherine had a detailed birth plan and that she trusted Jacqui with the birth.” Due to the speed of her delivery, most are speculating that Kate labored at home for a while before heading to the hospital. According to Daily Mail, Kate and William established their birth team early on to help ensure that care of other patients within National Health Service (NHS) was not affected or disrupted. We think it’s awesome that Kate waited to go to the hospital until she was close to giving birth and that she was tended to during labor and delivery by trusted midwives. Learn about the benefits of having a midwife by your side.
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