Kate Middleton is known for being a people’s princess – she shops at Topshop, reuses outfits and isn’t immune to the difficulties of pregnancy (remember when she was hospitalized for intense morning sickness?)
But when it comes to the birth of the royal baby, the Duchess of Cambridge is planning something a little more luxurious.
According to ABC News, royal sources say Kate Middleton plans to give birth at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, but she’ll do it in the hospital’s private maternity wing which requires a deposit of £5,500 (nearly CAD $9,000) just to book. If she plans to have the baby by C-section, it will cost an additional $3,000 to book.
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So what comes in this luxurious maternity room? A TV, a fridge and a safe, according to a hospital brochure. Of course, there will also be a daily newspaper of the patient’s choice as well as Internet access (just in case Kate needs to know what all the tabloids are saying about her).
That’s not all – a hotel kitchen will prepare meals from an “extensive and nutritious menu,” and there’s even a wine list, if you want to toast your baby’s arrival.
“Think ‘high tea’ in the maternity ward,” says Dr. Jennifer Aston, senior medical for ABC News.
The Duchess isn’t the only one to opt for a luxury birthing suite. Kim Kardashian, who recently gave birth to a daughter on June 15.
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Kardashian rented out a two-bedroom, two-bath luxury suite at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. to welcome little North West (we still can’t get over the name) in style. The $3,320 a night was equipped with “softer lighting, more aesthetically-pleasing decorations and furniature and sunny views of L.A.,” reports Hollywood Life. A fully-stocked refrigerator and three meals a day are also included in the cost.
Aston tells ABC News that the luxury suites are most likely intended to make the hospital stay feel homier.
It might be more comfortable and private, but Dr. Javier Fajardo, an OB/GYN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, says it doesn’t actually result in a better outcome for the mother or the baby.
“"Is it really necessary? No," he tells ABC News. "I believe what's important is to have a safe environment for the patient and for the infant."