Why do royal women choose hospitals as the place to give birth to children?
During past generations, royal women gave birth in palaces instead of in hospitals.
An example: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales was born in Buckingham Palace, but both of his sons William and Harry were born in a hospital.
- RicoLv 58 months agoFavourite answer
Times change, so do attitudes toward what is best for mother and child during the birthing process. Home births were still an accepted thing by mothers in The UK into the mid 1960's, when my sister was born.
The choice by the more recent generations of royal mothers to give birth in a hospital means that should an emergency arise and a natural birth becomes impossible, then the facilities required to provide surgical intervention are more accessible.
Princess Anne was the one who set the precedent of giving birth in hospital when she gave birth to her son Peter.
- 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵Lv 78 months ago
In past generations, women tended to give birth at home or in nursing homes. It was not unusual for women and/or babies to die in childbirth. With modern medicine, it makes much more sense to give birth in a hospital where there is heaps of back-up if things start to go wrong. Death in child labour is now much less common in societies that have access to good maternity hospitals.
- PAMELALv 78 months ago
it is thought to be safer to have a baby in hospital, especially first babies.
- Anonymous8 months ago
The Queen likely felt she had more privacy and was more comfortable laying about writhing in labour on her own bed at the palace. She was able to be naked and spread her legs to push without having to worry about hospital staff peering at her. And when she offered her breast to Prince Charles to suckle, she would have done so in the privacy of her own bed chamber.
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- CloLv 78 months ago
It's just a change in practice and a change of the times.Hospitals are considered to be the safest place to give birth, in case there are complications.
- RobinLv 78 months ago
you dont have to wash the sheets
- Anonymous8 months ago
Home births are much less usual these days, only about 2% of women in the UK do them. Buckingham Palace was as well equipped as any hospital in the 1950s. The Queen was born by C-section at a house in Mayfair, but nobody would contemplate doing that anywhere other than a hospital now. The Princess Royal began the trend of using the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, but others have used the Portland and they would be criticised for running unnecessary risks by opting for a home birth.
- ObserverLv 78 months ago
In 1948, just 3 years after the end of World War ii it was not unusual for children to be born at home, especially in Europe.
In the 70+ years since much has changed in Medicine and it is now most acceptable for births in the West to occur in Hospitals