Why Did Kate Middleton Leave the Hospital Only 7 Hours After Giving Birth?

Why Did Kate Middleton Leave the Hospital Only 7 Hours After Giving Birth?

Just like that, the Duchess of Cambridge was back at Kensington Palace.

By Marianne Garvey

While British mothers are sent home from the hospital quicker than in any other developed country, Kate Middleton is fast even by those standards.

Just seven hours after giving birth to Royal Baby number three, superwoman Kate was outside the hospital, baby in arms, hair blown out, in a red dress and perfect makeup that looked nothing like a woman who was just in labor.

And just like that, she was back at Kensington Palace.

But how. How can she even walk? Why the quick exit?

In the U.S., we tend to stay an average of two days in the hospital before we head home, or four days following a C-section. For Kate, it was a one-night stay after giving birth to Prince George in 2013, with Princess Charlotte she left after 10 hours. She just beat her own record. 

Louise Silverton, Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, tells Personal Space, “The length of time a woman spends in hospital will vary depending on their needs.

"Midwives need to check to make sure women feel up to going home. However, provided the woman is medically fine, has the support she needs at home and the right postnatal care plan  in place, and a good community midwife service, then going home even five or six hours after birth may be absolutely fine.”

Kate also causes quite a commotion at the hospital, so, put in a much less rude way, they’re probably glad to be rid of her. Paparazzi outside were bothering other (non-royal) couples who were also having babies.

At home, she still has a medical team on call, who are all working just for her.

According to The Daily Mail, Kate’s birth team consisted of 20 doctors, led by obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and gynecologist Alan Farthing; who were present for the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, along with anesthesiologists, pediatricians, lab technicians, and a midwife or two. The new little boy will now be fifth in line to the throne after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

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