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Old 03-19-2013, 12:39 AM
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I'm not sure whether this is the right thread for my question, but does anyone know how many royal children were born at home? Or are most of them born in hospital nowadays? I think that two of the Behn sisters were born at Martha Louise's and Ari's county residence, but apart from that I'm not sure.
Queen Juliana's four daughters were all born at home,3 at Soestdijk Palace,one,Margriet,while in exile in Canada...well,actually Margriet was born in a hospital room in Ottawa that was declared Dutch soil..sort of home too...grin

All three sons of Queen Beatrix were born by ceasarian,as were the four children of Princess Irene of The Netherlands,including the present Duke of Parma.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:55 AM
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Queen Juliana's four daughters were all born at home,3 at Soestdijk Palace,one,Margriet,while in exile in Canada...well,actually Margriet was born in a hospital room in Ottawa that was declared Dutch soil..sort of home too...grin

All three sons of Queen Beatrix were born by ceasarian,as were the four children of Princess Irene of The Netherlands,including the present Duke of Parma.
Technically speaking, Margriet was born in a Dutch hospital room run by a bunch of Canadians. Still Dutch, but not home.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:01 AM
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I read in "The Royals" by Kitty Kelley that Charles was born by C-section, and that Elizabeth was under general anesthesia for it. I don't know the reasoning behind it, but the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) isn't much bigger than me (5'4" vs. my 5'2"), and you try delivering a 7 lb. 6 oz. baby naturally at my size. Also, I am now older than she was when Charles was born (she was 22 years 208 days, and I'm 22 years 219 days).
I cannot remember where I read it but I thought Queen Elizabeth II had natural deliveries with her four children but that her mother had caesareans. I remember reading something along the lines of the then-Duchess of York laboring for some time and after awhile a "certain course of treatment was followed" because Princess Elizabeth was breech and thought to be too large. Back then, women didn't want to be that involved in the messy details and were likely to go with whatever the doctor suggested.

You'd be amazed at the capacity of the female body. I am 5'2" and gave birth to a 7lb. 3oz. baby after only 5-ish hours of labor. I wore home my pre-pregnancy jeans, too.
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A very interesting thread,I think it´s good that most royals opted for natural delivery and only for C-section when it was needed.Nowadays lots of women are afraid of natural birth and chose c-section even if it is not necessary by medical standards.
(Every woman should decide what they feel works best for them-but natural delivery is if you have a normal birth & baby still the healthiest choice.)

In India they say some women are "Too posh to push" when they chose c-section without medical reasons for it-that´s why Aishwarya Rai (actress) stressed in her first press release that her child was delivered naturally.

I think that the size of the mother should not be over-emphasised-some petite women are extremely strong & healthy while other may be have less endurance,it really depends on each person and their health and will!
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