Friday, January 20, 2012

BT: Princess Marie will give birth at Rigshospitalet

Except for the bit that implies the security team for the Schackenborgs have a private room in which to mess up anyone who dares get near the royals in hospital, this is just a standard, pre-birth article on the who what where of the royal birth.


Bon courage, Marie!

20 January BT article

Luxury, tradition and excellence are the reasons why Princess Marie will not give birth at home in South Jutland.

While the rest of us went and got all decked out for New Years, Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen was in full swing with the practice before their big bang: Princess Marie's birth.

Even though 35-year-old Marie is set to give birth at the end of this month, 'whoops' solutions do not have an option for the country's leading hospital, when a new prince or princess is coming to the world. And that's why the wards stood ready for several weeks.

"I can confirm that Princess Marie will give birth at Rigshospitalet, as was the case last time she was pregnant, and as has been done for a number of royal births. It is a tradition," says court press chief Lene Balleby.

Ingrid born at Amalienborg

The future prince or princess' grandmother, Queen Margrethe, was born at home at Amalienborg, but both the Crown Prince Frederick and Prince Joachim appeared on the scene at Rigshospitalet, and the tradition continued with Joachim, when his first son Prince Nikolai was born back in August 1999. And so it has been since.

"After the royal family's desire," says the National Hospital Communications Department.

When the birth takes place at that hospital rather than one of four hospitals in the South Jutland Region, to which Joachim and Marie in principle belong, it is not just tradition alone.

In the kingdom, the royal children secure more luxurious surroundings than those to which most Danish women are otherwise exposed.

Underwear and morning hair

Rigshospitalet's five star services to the royals feature: on maternity en-suite, a real birth and maternity room and an adjoining room for family and guests, so Marie will not have to be seen in gross hospital underwear and bed head.

The delivery room is called the 'pink room', while the 'yellow room' is the name of the living room.

The living room is rigged with a sofa and a large TV screen, so Prince Joachim will not be bored while waiting for news.

Security guards in the maternity ward

But it's not only inside where everything is changed. The hospital corridor is hermetically blocked off, so the curious cannot just stick their nose inside. And if anyone should stray into the royal territory, the couple's security guards have a room so they can take action against intruders.

From the outside it is also clear that a royal birth is imminent. It's understood in this way, that two balconies are completely closed off for both sides to prevent anyone from looking in.

One thing is Prince Joachim and Princess Marie's environment and wellbeing. University Hospital also makes sure to show up at its best in other areas.

Rigshospitalet makes sure that the top team of obstetricians, midwives and nurses ensure that nothing goes wrong when Denmark gets a new little prince or princess.

Super Team

The team will be the same birth team that has helped several royal babies come into the world, namely Morten Hedegaard, MD; Peter Damm; the three midwifes Birgitte Hillerup, Agnes Nørrelund Mette Simonsen and nurse Pernille Emmersen.

When it really comes time for Marie to give birth, Prince Joachim will not use his talents as a race driver to reach the capital from Møgeltønder in Jutland at a high speed, because there is also a tradition that the couple live at Amalienborg while Princess Marie is in her later weeks of pregnancy.

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