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The Queen’s home births

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Wouldloveanother · 08/09/2022 21:34

Just came across this article, an interesting read, and shows the human/mother side to the Queen ❤️ It’s easy to forget the royals go through some of the same things that we do (although luckily twilight sleep is no longer used, it sounds horrendous!)

www.maternityandmidwifery.co.uk/queen-elizabeths-royal-births-transforming-the-monarchy/

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Winceybincey · 08/09/2022 21:36

I remember reading about her births a couple of years ago and hadn’t heard of twilight sleep until then. It sounds horrific.

SnowDear · 08/09/2022 21:37

Very interesting!

CaptainMyCaptain · 08/09/2022 21:39

They showed this in The Crown but it had, evidently, been discontinued by the time Prince Edward was born.

Snowiscold · 08/09/2022 21:43

I didn’t know Charles was born by C section.

Ilovelindor · 08/09/2022 21:45

Snowiscold · 08/09/2022 21:43

I didn’t know Charles was born by C section.

I did. I'm sure I saw that she had some of the others by csection too.

As for twilight sleep, people always ask why were so many women in the olden days happy to have so many babies. Perhaps this goes someway to answering that question. They were all off their faces and had no memories of an awful birth!

Wouldloveanother · 08/09/2022 22:08

After 30 hours of labour! She deserves a medal…

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Winceybincey · 08/09/2022 21:36

I remember reading about her births a couple of years ago and hadn’t heard of twilight sleep until then. It sounds horrific.

it sounds like a very spinny, discombobulating experience, but I can’t decide whether it sounds better than being present and remembering the agony!

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JustKeepLookingWithYourEyes · 08/09/2022 22:18

This is an interesting article, thanks for sharing!

BearBibble · 08/09/2022 22:35

My grandma (Canadian) recalls being forcibly put into a 'twilight sleep' for the birth of her eldest child in the late 40s. It was so traumatic for her that for her subsequent births she just gritted her teeth and pretended she wasn't in labour until the baby was basically crowning and it was too late to drug her. It was a barbaric practice.

Pixiedust1234 · 08/09/2022 23:30

I've never heard of this, thanks for the link.

Mothership4two · 13/09/2022 05:00

It’s easy to forget the royals go through some of the same things that we do

Yes they are human beings

CJsGoldfish · 13/09/2022 05:41
T1Dmama · 14/01/2023 14:06

I had assumed she’d just opted to have C-sections with the 1st 3 under general anaesthetic.
It’s great that she challenged the old ways with her 4th, opting for a natural birth and Phillip being in there with her…
Of course by the time her children had babies it was the norm to have them in hospital.

T1Dmama · 14/01/2023 14:13

Throughout history women have been ‘forced’ to suffer barbaric treatment… I believe it was made illegal in the 90’s for husbands to rape their wives… up until then it was seen as their right!
books document women having no rights to refuse an internal examination to check they weren’t carrying STD’s. As with anything these lack of rights were always taken advantage of and any poor girl could be pinned down and checked by a couple of over excited ‘professionals’. Barbaric behaviour was normal towards women… we still have some way to go, with some men still believing women have less say in everyday life.

thereisonlyoneofme · 14/01/2023 14:20

I have twilight sleep for my teeth and its brilliant, must be a different thing now though!

WhatLikeItsHard · 14/01/2023 14:29

Having a home birth in a Palace, complete with your own personal medical team and a operating room for a c section, isn't a typical home birth.

neilyoungismyhero · 06/05/2023 14:44

I thought Beatrice looked worryingly thin. Every time I see her she seems to be thinner.

neilyoungismyhero · 06/05/2023 15:38

neilyoungismyhero · 06/05/2023 14:44

I thought Beatrice looked worryingly thin. Every time I see her she seems to be thinner.

Apologies wrong thread

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