Will Meghan Markle Give Birth at Frogmore Cottage? Home Birth Plan Being Considered

The rumors over Meghan Markle’s birth plan continue as the arrival of Baby Sussex is quickly approaching. It’s believed that Markle will not give birth in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital but, according to a new report, she might have a home birth planned.

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Meghan Markle doesn’t want the Queen’s doctors to deliver her baby

Earlier this week, a report revealed that Meghan Markle doesn’t want the Queen’s team of doctors who delivered Kate Middleton’s children to deliver her baby.

A source told The Daily Mail: “Meghan said she doesn’t want the men in suits. She was adamant that she wanted her own people. It did leave a few of us a little baffled.”

Another insider added: “It is slightly surprising. These people [the Queen’s doctors] are the best of the best and when it comes down to it, their role would actually be very limited in the birth itself, assuming all goes to plan.”

Will Meghan Markle have a home birth at Frogmore Cottage?

Following on the heels of the news that she doesn’t want to use the Queen’s medical team, it’s only logical that the home birth rumors are getting another go.

The Daily Mail reports that, according to friends of Markle, her birth plan is to have a midwife present for a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, where she and Prince Harry recently moved.

A source explained that since Markle is in good health, this could be a safe option, remarking: “It is her favored choice, but it obviously depends on how things are nearer the time.”

Interestingly, the Queen gave birth to each of her children at home, either Buckingham Palace or Clarence House.

Meghan Markle is likely to have a natural birth

It’s believed that Markle will have a natural birth and use techniques for relaxation to help with pain relief, which could include a birth pool, hypnobirthing, and other alternative therapies, with Prince Harry by her side to provide support.

In addition to rumors that the Duke and Duchess would prefer to have a more private delivery and avoid giving birth at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, it’s also been reported that Markle has no interest in posing on the steps of the hospital just hours after delivery.

Are there risks for a home birth?

Of course, there are concerns for women over age 35 delivering a baby, with Parents magazine noting there’s an increased risk of premature birth or possibility of a cesarean.

Michelle Palmer, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Rhode Island and fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), told TODAY that midwives conduct “constant risk assessment during pregnancy, labor, birth and post-partum” to ensure a woman is healthy enough for a home birth.

ACNM addressed potential delivery options in a position statement on planned home birth, noting: “For the essentially well woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn course, childbirth with qualified providers can be accomplished safely in all birth settings, including home, birth center, and hospital.”