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Monarchy Monday: Kate’s medical team

The Lindo Wing.

The Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, London.

As any parent-to-be knows, the stress of giving birth can be daunting. Even if it isn’t your first time, all the same worries go through your head and that’s why finding the right doctor is highly important. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge certainly know this and that’s why they are putting their trust into the same medical team that helped deliver Prince George back in July 2013.

Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston will attend the birth of the 4th in-line to the throne, which (if predictions are correct) should be happening in the next week or so.

As Farthing and Thrope-Beeston will be consultants, neither obstetrician goes by the title ‘doctor’ –  instead they are referred to by the title Mr.

Back in 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth in the exclusive Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London where both Mr Farthing and Mr Thorpe-Beeston were on duty.

Sunit Godambe, a consultant neonatologist at St Mary’s, was also at the birth of Prince George and will attend this birth as well. It was his job to check the health of the infant Prince as soon as he was born. Throughout her pregnancy, Kate chose to be monitored by several midwives, two of which were at the delivery of Prince George.

In 2013, the medical team was led by Sir Marcus Setchell, who was The Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist for 18 years. Following his retirement, he was given his knighthood in the 2014 New Years honours list. Before the birth of Prince George, he was asked about the Duke and Duchess. He simply stated how they are “just another healthy young couple giving birth to a hopefully very healthy baby”.

Upon Sir Marcus’ retirement, Mr Farthing took his place. Farthing had qualified as a doctor in 1986. In 1991 he became a member of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists and a fellow in 2003. In 2008 be began to treat the Royal Family. Fathering is also a consultant at St Mary’s Hospital, as well as Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in Shepherd’s Bush, London. In addition he runs a private practice in Harley Street. His areas of expertise are gynaecological cancer care and keyhole surgery.

Mr Thorpe-Beeston graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 and specialised in foetal medicine at King’s College Hospital. He currently works at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, specialising in high-risk pregnancies, mulpitles and recurrent miscarriages.

With the parking restrictions in place around the Lindo Wing, the countdown is on! Let the “Great Kate Wait” begin!

Photo Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr & theglobalpanorama via photopin cc

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