Kate Middleton’s Luxury Birth Suite Won't Spare Her the Pain of Childbirth

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Unless you're some kind of hardcore birthing fanatic, let's face it, giving birth isn't exactly a day at the beach. It's difficult, painful, scary, and complications can arise. That's why wine and Internet access can be so integral to a positive birthing experience! There is just really nothing like a few sips of expensive vino while checking your friends' Facebook feed to pass the time between contractions. And it looks like Kate Middleton might be doing all of this, because the Duchess reportedly booked a $8,600 maternity wing at St. Mary's Hospital, where word has it she's going to push out the third in line to the throne.

Kate's deluxe maternity suite reportedly includes:

- A wine bar

- High tea

- A TV and Internet access

- A safe and a fridge

- Morning newspaper deliver (guess what will be on the cover!)

- Private meals prepared by a hotel kitchen (not the hospital, dontcha worry)

The brochure for the luxury suite reads:

We offer a comprehensive wine list should you wish to enjoy a glass of Champagne and toast your baby's arrival.

Of course, none of this is remotely necessary for a birth. Says an OB/GYN at a major hospital:

Is it really necessary? No. I believe what's important is to have a safe environment for the patient and for the infant.

I'm even wondering how much of a better experience these amenities will make giving birth. Is a new mom really going to start boozing it up right after the birth if breastfeeding is going to happen any moment? Most doctors will say it's not a great idea -- though a sip or two wouldn't be so bad.

Is the Duchess really going to surf the web or catch up on old episodes of Blackadder between contractions? My guess is it's going to be difficult to enjoy any of the luxuries this room has to offer unless the baby is a breeze. I don't think all of the caviar and champagne in the world is going to make pushing football-sized human being out of your loins an enjoyable experience.

Kate might get the type of room and the type of luxuries most of us don't have if we birth in a hospital -- but other than that, she's going to have to deal with everything every other mother has to deal with. However, the wine will probably come in handy for Prince William.

Did you have anything at your birth that made it more luxurious?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

No. I had a baby. It was as basic as that. I love people who want a huge production. It's actually embarrassing. It's like they are putting on a show. Who knows if any of this is true.

BirdCo BirdCo

I am going to bet that the room was booked more for its seclusion then for the wine bar. I would also bet the there is going to be dedicated nurses, doctors, and security.

Choco... Chocodoxies

"Unless you're some kind of hardcore birthing fanatic, let's face it, giving birth isn't exactly a day at the beach. It's difficult, painful, scary, and complications can arise." - I am not some "hardcore birthing fanatic" but I will say that giving birth (both times) was no huge deal.  No epidural the first time and it was pretty chill. The 2nd time I did get to use the epidural, and it was pretty chill.  It isn't difficult, our bodies were meant for labor and delivery. It isn't scary when you trust your body to do it's thing. It isn't painful if you have the use of meds, and complications are not as common as they seem.  The days that I had my daughters were not blood baths filled with screaming and intense pain, they were smiling and laughing wonderful days. The best days of my life.  You are being really dramatic.

nonmember avatar ZMommy

This piece reeks of jealously. Of course Kate doesn't "need" gourmet food and wine to help her deliver. Did you really need to confirm that with an OBGYN at a "major hospital"? She's a Duchess for goodness sake. What, did you really expect her to labor in a regular hospital room? And why didn't you or any of the other Stir writers complain about Kim K.'s fancy hospital suite in any of the dozens of articles you guys write about her and the K family? Maybe you're just cranky over all the sleepless nights you had waiting to hear the name of Kim's baby. Eyeroll. How stupid.

Mariatonita White

My Baby was born premature after my open heart surgery, the best thing was to stay more than a month in the hospital, due to heart complications.

Joana Molina-Mummert

Okay, lets face it we aren't royalty so we aren't going to have a lavish thing but she is. So the drinks might be for her guests who come and visit. Shoot, if I was her yeah I would love to have had what she is going to have when I gave birth. But who cares she has every right to have what she wants. Why judge. I'm happy for her and I'm sure she does care about the well being of her child. We dont know if this is true or not

Theresa Holcom

After I had my 3rd child at the hospital they had a special dinner for the new parents of Lobster n Steak, they also had a glass of champange not a lot just a small flute of it to celebrate the birth of the new baby. This was so special and it was with candle light so it was very romantic at the time. Something you won't have to much of after you get home from the hospital so they had a little time for Mom n Dad. I wish more hospitals had this for parents to share before going home.

Mary Cutler

Lol, no. If the stupid hospitals would let you EAT, it would be nice though! But no, they like you to do the most intense workout of your life without food and a little water. They're so kind! 23 hours of labor with no food, you don't have to worry about pushing out poop with your baby, don't stress about that. Sorry for the blunt comments. I'm happy for Kate, she'll have it nice. I really hope she's planning on having a dula if Prince William can't cope with being one.

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