Meghan will have a female obstetrician deliver royal baby

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 A female obstetrician will deliver The Duchess of Sussex's baby, which is due within weeks.

Britain's Mail on Sunday reports that Meghan has broken from royal tradition by not appointing the Royal Household gynaecologists because she does not want "the men in suits" to supervise the birth.

The paper said the 37-year-old, who is expected to give birth later this month, has appointed an "unnamed female doctor" to lead the team instead of Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston.

The two gynaecologists attended at the arrival of all three of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children, it adds.

A spokesman for the Royal Family declined to comment.

However, it is understood that there will definitely be a role for the Queen's doctors in the birth, but it might not be a prominent one.

Studies show, that while many women prefer a female obstetrician, the majority do not have a preference, or that gender is not the first consideration when choosing an ob-gyn.

A study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore revealed that 66.6 per cent of respondents 'had no gender bias when selecting an obstetrician-gynecologist' and that 80.8 per cent thought that gender had no bearing on the quality of care provided by such medical professionals. 

Another study from 2010, published by the journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics had similar findings.

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Meghan has also reportedly chosen to break from the recent tradition of birthing in the exclusive Lindo Wing of London's St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. It is thought that the couple has chosen a hospital closer to their new residence, Frogmore Cottage at Windsor.

Princess Diana gave birth to William and Harry in the Lindo Wing, as did Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Countess of Wessex Sophie, with her children Louise and James.

The couple took to their freshly-minted Instagram account on the weekend to request that in lieu of gifts, people donate to their selected child-related charities, which include The Lunchbox FundLittle Village, Well Child and Baby2Baby.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️

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