Royal baby: Kate Middleton due to give birth – Prince William will do this during labour

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Royal baby: Kate Middleton due to give birth – Prince William will do this during labour

KATE MIDDLETON, 36, is due to give birth to the royal baby over the coming days. But what will Prince William, 35, be doing while the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour? These are the ways birthing partners can help when the expectant mother is giving birth.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is due to give birth to her third royal baby any day now.

Her due date is believed to be April 23, and it’s expected that the royal baby will be born at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital.

Odds have been slashed on the royal baby’s name being Alice over recent days, while Arthur is the punters preferred choice for a boy.

But, what will Prince William be doing during the birth?

These are the top ways that a birthing partner can help the mother-to-be during labour.

“Whoever your birth partner is – the baby’s father, a close friend, partner, or a relative – there are quite a few practical things they can do to help you,” said the NHS.

“The most important thing your birth partner can do is just be with you.

“There’s no way of knowing what your labour is going to be like or how each of you will cope, but there are many ways a partner can help.”

It’s recommended that you speak to your birth partner beforehand, about how they’d like things to go.

Royal baby news Prince Arthur leads the list for a baby boy Photo (C) GETTY
Royal baby news Prince Arthur leads the list for a baby boy Photo (C) GETTY

One of the more common ways the birth partner can help during labour is to comfort the expectant mother.

Royal baby: Kate Middleton due to give birth – Prince William will do this during labour

As the contractions get stronger, the partner can reassure the mother, and remind them how to use breathing techniques to relax, the NHS said.

William may hold Kate’s hand and give her sips of water during labour.

Royal baby news Ladbrokes are certain Kate will have a baby girl Photo (C) GETTY
Royal baby news Ladbrokes are certain Kate will have a baby girl Photo (C) GETTY

He may also help her to move about or change position.

It’s common for the partner to massage the back and shoulders of the mother.

“Whatever kind of birth you’re planning for, your birth partner can tell you what’s happening as your baby is being born if you can’t see what’s going on,” said the NHS.

“Your birth partner may be able to cut the umbilical cord – you can talk to your midwife about this.”

Meanwhile, Kate’s signs of beginning labour can include contractions, back pain and her waters breaking.

Contractions are caused by the womb tightening and relaxing.

Expectant mothers should go to the hospital when contractions last at least 60 seconds, and occur every five minutes.

Royal Family Kate Middleton and Prince William are rarely affectionate in public Photo (C) GETTY
Royal Family Kate Middleton and Prince William are rarely affectionate in public Photo (C) GETTY

Waters ‘breaking’ is caused by the amniotic sac bursting, when the baby is ready to be born.

Patients have described their waters breaking as a slow trickling, or sudden gush of water they can’t control.

 Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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