Royal Homebirth

Home Birth is a Royal Tradition

Duchess of Cambridge, open your eyes to the home birth revolution

A seldom written fact is that the Queen had all four of her children at home. Ahead of a new ITV documentary this evening, Home Delivery, Beverley Turner, a strong advocate of such births, hopes Kate Middleton is tuned in.

Daily Telegraph, London March 21st, 2013.

The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, visits Baker Street Underground Station to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was handed a ‘Baby on board’ badge yesterday. Photo: PA

Daily Telegraph, London 21 Mar 2013

At 9pm tonight, I hope Katherine and William Wales will be tucked up in their crested onesies, dipping chocolate brownies in their Earl Grey and watching ITV, because in the documentary Home Delivery, they will see something so rarely glimpsed that it should have been narrated by David Attenborough: human birth as a perfectly normal, rather jolly occasion, overseen by a brassy midwife in the cosy surrounds of family homes. It is a timely antidote to Channel Four’s terrifying One Born Every Minute.

I defy any woman – including Kate – not to wonder, how we’ve managed to muck up maternity services so badly, that only two per cent of British women now have such a safe, cheap and empowering birth. The type that, as Davina McCall once said of her three home births, “knocked spots off any drug I’ve ever taken. When those babies popped out, I wanted to stand naked on the highest mountain and roar with pride. I could do it again and again and again”.

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