All the Details on Kate Middleton's Labor & Delivery

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Not sure if you heard, but Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby girl -- Charlotte Elizabeth Diana -- on Saturday. Details about the Duchess' birth to the newest royal are now starting to trickle in, and according to insiders, Kate chose to use midwives during her delivery.


Midwives are technically the norm in Britain, and there were midwives present along with royal gynecologist, Dr. Guy Thorpe-Beeston, and retired surgeon gynecologist, Sir Marcus Setchell, for the birth of Prince George. Apparently during his delivery, the Duchess struck up a rapport with midwives Arona Ahmed and her boss, Jacqui Dunkley-Bent, who's a professor of midwifery at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and decided she also wanted them to be a part of her next birth. According to the Daily Mail, together, Ahmed and Dunkley-Bent delivered Kate's baby girl while a team of surgeons, including Thorpe-Beeston, looked on. 

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Kate apparently had a birth plan, and knew going in that she wanted to be seen by the midwives before the doctors. While Kate labored with Ahmed and Dunkley-Bent, her team of doctors waited in a room nearby. Once it was "go-time," the doctors came in to make sure everything went smoothly. 

The Duchess' labor was reportedly remarkably smooth -- she gave birth "154 minutes" after being admitted to the hospital! She also opted to forgo the epidural, as she did with Prince George. Talk about a strong mama!

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From the sound of things, Kate's birth went exactly as she wanted it to. She made a plan, and lucky for her, things went accordingly. Now all she has to do is figure out how to juggle a toddler and a newborn. If I were a betting woman, I'd say everything will go smoothly in that department, too. As a royal insider recently said of Kate's birth: "What the Duchess wants, the Duchess gets."

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