There are so many factors that go into the birth of a child. While you can try to plan out every single detail to perfection, things never go exactly as planned. No matter the cost, a mother will go to any length to ensure the health and safety during the birth of her child. It’s the ultimate act of true, unconditional love.
The Duchess of Cambridge has made a name for herself in many ways since becoming part of the British royal family. Her poise, charisma, and adoration for others have caused many to compare her to her late mother-in-law, the beloved Princess Diana. Diana has and will always be known as “the people’s Princess” because of her genuine nature toward others and her boldness to stand up for what is right.
The Duchess has often shown reverence and honor to Diana in various ways. One of the most noticeable nods to her mother-in-law is through her wardrobe choices. Now, she’s chosen to take it one step further and do something else like her, and many boldly stand behind her decision.
Princess Diana was never one to stick closely to the protocol if she believed differently than the rules. When it came to childbirth, she was adamant about how she intended it to go for her children, and, because of her boldness, birth in the household has never been the same.
Dating back as late as the 1840s, women in the royal family gave birth in a unique way. They would undergo “twilight sleep,” which consisted of the baby being removed with forceps while the mother was heavily sedated.
This method provided a painless and drama-free birth for the mother. The birth was also performed in the palace where the mother was closely surrounded by brilliant medical staff. This is how Queen Elizabeth chose to birth her children but has been the last to do so in the family.
Diana was vocal about her opinion on the matter and decided to do things her way. She made the radical decision to have a natural birth within the walls of a hospital. She wanted to be awake and present during this precious time because she knew just how special the moment would be. Diana also wanted to stand up while giving birth because she preferred to do it in an upright position.
Natural childbirth expert, Sheila Kitzinger, weighed in on the matter: “I said Charles looked strong enough to hold her, and that is what happened. It was the first active royal birth - a complete contrast to the Queen’s.”
The birth of both children happened at St. Mary’s Hospital, just where Kate Middleton chose to give birth to her children as well. I can only imagine the joy and pride that would fill her heart to see her daughter-in-law valiantly following after her. This, though it might seem subtle, is a great homage to such an incredible woman.
It’s only a matter of time now before Kate goes into labor with her third baby. I wonder what other ways she’ll emulate Diana along the way.