Why Does Kate Middleton Leave the Hospital So Soon After Giving Birth?

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Why Does Kate Middleton Leave the Hospital So Soon After Giving Birth?

Kate Middleton only gave birth to her third child a few hours ago — but she is already back at home at Kensington Palace. She left the hospital just seven hours after giving birth.


But why does Kate make such a quick exit from the hospital? Well, in the U.K., it isn’t very unusual. In the U.S., new mothers average two days in the hospital before heading home. However, in the U.K., new moms average a day and a half — the shortest postpartum hospital stays of any high-income country, according to a 2016 article in The Guardian. Though Kate did spent the night after giving birth to Prince George in 2013, she left less than 10 hours after welcoming Princess Charlotte in 2015.

Beaming parents Kate and William were seen on the steps of St Mary's Hospital just hours after going to the Lindo Wing
Beaming parents Kate and William were seen on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital just hours after going to the Lindo Wing

“The length of time a woman spends in the hospital will vary depending on their needs,” Louise Silverton, the director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, told The Guardian. “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.”

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

Another reason for Kate’s quick exit — one that’s entirely unique to her — is the sheer frenzy her presence causes at the hospital. Fans camp out for weeks outside and parking restrictions are put in place. Kate, of course, is not the only mother giving birth at the Lindo Wing, and the activity and noise would be overwhelming for anyone.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

If Kate goes home to Kensington Palace today, help is only a phone call away if needed. Members of her medical team are likely on stand-by in case Kate or her new baby boy needs anything.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

But there’s one big moment to go before they head home: Just before leaving the hospital, we’ll get a glimpse of the littlest royal on the steps of the Lindo Wing with proud parents Kate and William.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

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