Revealed: Where the royal baby will be born

We now know where the future king or queen of the UK will be born.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will have her baby at the exclusive Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital, London, she has revealed.
 
Following recent royal tradition, Kate will give birth at the same hospital that Prince William and Prince Harry were born in. Peter and Zara Phillips were both born in the wing and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duchess of Gloucester also gave birth there.

And Kate – along with her child - should be well cared for. The Lindo Wing's obstetric unit caters for complex pregnancies and deliveries, as well as multiple births. The wing also has the benefit of being based in an NHS hospital if further complications arise, including its facilities for premature babies in the Winnicott Baby Unit.

[Kate Middleton to have natural birth and doesn't know sex of baby yet]

At the forefront of specialist care for premature babies, the Winnicott looks after some of the most critically-ill newborns in the UK. It treats around 350 sick and premature babies from across the country each year, caring for up to 18 youngsters at a time.

Alan Farthing, the Queen's gynaecologist, will be overseeing the birth.

[All the latest news and updates about the Royal Baby on Yahoo! News]

The hospital

Prince William at the Winnicott Baby Unit in 2006.Fully refurbished last year, the wing is described as providing "leading private obstetric and neonatal care for 60 years". It has private en suite rooms with deluxe rooms and suites also available.

A normal delivery package including a one-night stay costs £4,965, with an extra night in a deluxe room costing £1,050, plus consultant's fees which can come to around £6,000, depending on the care required, meaning a two-night stay can cost more than £12,000.

A suite of two rooms, with one used as a living room, costs £6,265 for a one-night stay with normal delivery and £2,200 for each extra night, meaning a two-night stay, with consultant fees of an estimated £6,000, would cost around £14,465.

Each room has satellite TV with major international channels, a radio, a safe, a bedside phone, Wi-Fi and a fridge. There is a choice of daily newspaper delivered to the room each morning.


All meals are freshly prepared in a dedicated kitchen and tea and coffee is provided for mothers and guests throughout the day.

The wing also offers a "comprehensive wine list should you wish to enjoy a glass of champagne and toast your baby's arrival".

Postnatal rooms come with a fully-reclining chair for partners who want to stay. They will receive a free breakfast in the morning and visiting hours are flexible.

The Duchess of Cornwall has opted for a range of "bespoke care packages" at St Mary’s.

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Fri, Aug 3, 2012 16:00 BST