Kate Middleton may have no need for a midwife when she gives birth this month with mum Carole in the room, as it turns out the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother is trained to help deliver babies!
According to OK! magazine, former royal correspondent Marcia Moody revealed in her book Kate: A Biography that 58-year-old mum-of-three Carole was given emergency midwife training while becoming a British Airways flight attendant in 1976.
Mrs Middleton was reportedly taught how to handle a range of emergencies at the West London Cranebank Training Centre – including what to do if a passenger went into labour. So the grandmother-to-be is fully equipped to lend a hand at her daughter’s birth if needs be…
“They were taught how to be good listeners, how to maintain good eye contact and always have a smile on their face”, Marcia wrote.
“Many people commented on how composed the Middletons were at the royal wedding and it struck me that Carole’s training provided exactly the right sort of skillset you might need to be a member of the Royal Family. I’m sure part of it has rubbed off on Kate”, she added.
Carole’s baby experience will surely come in handy when Kate and husband William move into Kate’s parents’ £4.8 milllion home in Berkshire for the first six weeks following the royal birth, while they wait for their London apartment to be renovated. The Duchess’ decision to move back home breaks with royal tradition – especially due to the fact that the 31-year-old mum-to-be has chosen not to employ a maternity nurse after the birth.
“Carole fully intends to be part of this baby’s life and Catherine, for her part, plans to spend a lot of time with her parents, especially while she is waiting for the new apartment to be completed”, said an insider.
Meanwhile, husband William could be missing his wife’s big day altogether as the Duke is due to attend a charity polo match in Gloucestershire with brother Prince Harry this weekend, clashing with Kate’s July 13 due date.
At least with Carole around, Kate knows she’ll be in safe hands. Mummy Middleton to the rescue!
By Robyn Munson
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