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What will Kate Middleton's hospital stay be like?

Posted by Kristi Palma  July 22, 2013 07:07 AM

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Members of the world's media gather outside the hospital as the Duchess Of Cambridge goes into labor at St Mary's Hospital.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, is finally in labor at St. Mary's Hospital and the world waits for the new royal heir to be born. Look at all the media lined up outside the hospital (above)! Check out our live blog for updates. Here is how the baby's birth will be announced.

And what will the hospital stay be like today for the Duchess of Cambridge?

- Her suite, which costs $8,000 a night according to the Associated Press, will no doubt offer her many comforts. It is the same wing of the hospital, the private Lindo Wing, where Prince William and Harry were born. There are gourmet meals and a "comprehensive wine list" available to the new parents, reports MSN News.

-- Will Kate get an epidural? According to this Huffington Post report, she plans to have a natural birth. There is an emphasis on natural birth in the U.K., so British women are less likely to have an epidural, reports MSN News.

And here is more information about her stay from MSN News.

-- While many women in the U.K. have midwives, Kate reportedly has a doctor.

-- Once the royal baby is born, where will he or she go? While the Lindo wing does have a nursery, most babies room with mom in Britain.

-- Will the royal baby be breastfed? Kate reportedly does plan to breastfeed, which is what most British moms do (81 percent of British moms breastfeed).

Royal baby fashion

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It's probably going to be several days or longer before we get a glimpse of the royal heir. But are you wondering what the royal baby might be wearing when first presented to the world? We were, too, so we asked asked four designers with Boston ties to share their visions. Check out their sketches, like this one done by former Boston student Grace Kim of g.KIM.

Royal baby name

What will the baby's name be? Plenty of British parents are aching to know for reasons other than curiosity.
CNN reports that "some British parents have delayed naming their newborns in recent days in hopes of either copying or avoiding the royal name."
Our Boston readers have plenty of ideas for a baby name. Add yours!

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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