The world watched with great anticipation yesterday as news of the royal birth for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was imminent. Finally at 8:30 pm London time we learned that a little prince was born.
Press and tourists waited for the big announcement while camped outside of Buckingham Palace and London’s St. Mary’s Hospital on the hottest summer day in London since 2006. Expectant mothers likely took notes on the birth as well.
It’s been widely publicized that the princess wanted to have her baby naturally, which–given the incredible media attention–is also an advertisement for a more modern (yet age-old) method of childbirth. And in fact that is exactly what happened. Royal sources confirmed that Catherine had the baby naturally, not via cesarean section.
Since 1996, the rate of C-Section births climbed more than 50% in the United States according to the National Center for Health Statistics. USA Today’s Rita Rubin reports that “Impatience could help explain the rising U.S. cesarean section rate, given that a high percentage of such deliveries probably are performed before women are in active labor.” Continue reading