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Splash: Water birth wish of Duchess - Kate in labour dashes to St Mary's Hospital

Sonia Butterworth

Water way to become the newest member of the royal family!

The Sunday Life has revealed that Duchess of Cambridge Kate, who is also the Baroness of Carrickfergus, has expressed a wish to have a water birth.

Our royal insider told us: “Like any first-time mum-to-be the health of her baby comes first, which is why she's opted for experienced obstetrician Marcus Setchell to be there, although she has mentioned her strong desire to have a water birth.”

Marcus has been gynaecologist to the Queen since 1990 and also delivered Sophie Wessex's two children.

Kate was this morning admitted to St Mary's Hospital in London  where Prince William was born.

Our source added: “She has kept herself as fit as possible throughout the pregnancy, bar the first few months, when she was suffering badly from morning sickness.

“She believes this will give her the stamina to get through.

“Also, she wants things to be as natural as possible, that is the kind of girl she is at heart and I also think that is why the due date was never given as that would have put even more pressure on them (or should I say Kate) to deliver on time — excuse the pun.

“Kate is such a joyful person and I have no doubt that she will keep up her humour in the birthing room and that Prince William is very much going to be at her side throughout it.”

The world has been waiting patiently for the arrival of Prince William and wife Kate's first child.

Last week’s expected due date — Saturday, July 13 — came and went, but was it a ruse to put us all of the scent? Rumours were abound  that Friday, July 19, was the ‘actual' due date.

When Prince William took leave from his job last week, he went off to play polo rather than pacing up and down by his wife's side — which may also indicate he could have a little more time to relax before all hands on deck.

Local midwife Patricia McCann, who has been a practicing midwife for over 30 years with Royal Jubilee Maternity hospital, said: “It often happens that mums go over term with first babies; in our hospital we allow our mums to be to go over term by 10 days. Then we would induce their labour.

“Even after induction she could still have her water birth, providing all other aspects are normal — her blood count and blood pressure are healthy, the baby is in the right position.”

Patricia says Baroness Carrickfergus will need to shut herself off from all the hype and the world’s media parked outside the hospital.

“Kate needs to shut herself off from the rest of the world and ignore the frenzy that's going on, especially when she goes into labour and is taken to the hospital,” she said.

“I would tell her to leave the mobile off, go ‘into herself’ and find her inner space.

“Focus on bringing the baby out and remaining calm."

While many new parents proudly make their family calls and send out group texts with a picture of their new baby, don't expect your phone to beep with a text from His Royal Highness, as it will be a bit more of a formal announcement, keeping up with tradition.

Within minutes of the new heir to the throne arriving, a proclamation signed by doctors who delivered the boy or girl will be rushed from the ward and displayed at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

The last time that was displayed was for the announcement of William's arrival in 1982.

As wonderful as birth can be, there are deeper implications.

Under the recently passed 2013 Succession to the Crown Act, if the Duchess gives birth to a baby girl, she would be the automatic heir to the throne even if a younger brother comes after her.

In the past, girls weren't necessarily considered princesses at birth, but again, this will no longer be the case.

The Queen ruled in January a daughter would be a Princess.

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