All (parking) signs point to Kate Middleton giving birth any day now, as evidenced by the hospital where she’ll be delivering baby number three announcing a temporary parking restriction outside. And when that happens, we know the Queen will be told first, followed by an announcement by the town crier. But what will actually be going on inside the birthing suite at St. Mary’s hospital?
Hello! Magazine interviewed a woman who knows first hand. Katherine Filkins gave birth in the exclusive Lindo Wing seven months ago and says she was treated like royalty, even though she’s no Kate Middleton.
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She revealed to the magazine that there was afternoon tea to celebrate the baby’s birth, a post-delivery massage and glasses of bubbly.
“While the Lindo Wing was a functional hospital, it was a little bit like a hotel in terms of the service,” Filkins said. “You had really fancy toiletries, the quality of the food that you got was fantastic. There was a wine list, you could have had champagne if you wanted. Right after the birth, they bring you a delicious afternoon tea for you and your family.”
Filkins earned every perk she got, having been in labor for 18 hours.
“We were given birthing balls, we could lower the lights – they actually recommended that – and you had a midwife that was dedicated to you and your birthing, so she would come and check on you very regularly.”
She says her husband was treated just as well; the hospital provided a bed for him as well as a selection of meals to chose from each day.
How did the couple land the exclusive suite that’s fit for royalty? As it turns out, the other (standard) room they booked was full so they got upgraded. Boy, did they!
Says Filkins,”We’re very [pleased] that we were able to have the opportunity to give birth where the royals had had their babies as well.” The couple even posed with their new bundle of joy on the steps in front of the hospital a la Kate and Will.
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