If you have just discovered you are pregnant, congratulations! You may have started to consider your options for where you will give birth and may have considered the benefits of a private pregnancy. Here’s what you should know.
If, like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George and Amal Clooney, Jamie and Joolz Oliver and countless other people in the public eye, you value discretion above all things, a private pregnancy may be the best thing for you.
A private pregnancy and birth may be expensive – going fully private can cost upwards of £20,000 – but what is assured is that your most private moment will not become public.
Birth in private maternity hospital has many benefits – world-class obstetricians and midwives, excellent facilities with the latest in high-tech equipment, comfortable beds with luxurious linen and hotel-quality food and service.
You will also be able to keep details of your pregnancy, labour and birth completely private so that you are bale to announce your happy news when you are ready.
There are several options for a private birth, whether you opt for a completely private birth, or opt for some elements of your care in the private sector.
The best-known hospitals are The Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Paddington, made famous by being the birth place of no fewer than three Princes and one Princess, as well as The Portland Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital and the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s Kensington Wing. Other private wards are available at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, University College Hospital. Outside of London are the Combe Wing of Kingston Hospital and the Geoffrey Hammond Ward of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.