Don’t call the midwife, call mum! Carole Middleton is trained to deliver babies so could help daughter Kate
- Carole, 58, attended BA’s Cranebank centre in 1976
- She learned how to cope with women going into labour
- Duchess of Cambridge will live with parents for six weeks following birth
The Duchess of Cambridge’s decision to have her mother present when she gives birth was proven to be a good one today as it was revealed that Carole Middleton is trained to help women in labour.
The 58-year-old received emergency midwife training at a British Airways training centre in 1976.
During the training Carole learned how to cope if a passenger should go into labour while onboard.
Call the midwife? No need! Carole Middleton was trained how to cope with passengers going into labour during her air hostess training back in 1976
Carole attended BA’s Cranebank centre in west London in 1976, and learned to cope with a whole host of emergencies.
According to OK! magazine’s former royal correspondent Marcia Moody, who wrote Kate: A Biography, Carole’s training was like ‘an antiquated finishing school’.
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She wrote: ‘They were taught how to be good listeners, how to maintain good eye contact and always have a smile on their face.
‘Many people commented on how composed the Middletons were at the royal wedding and it struck me that Carole’s training provided exactly the right sort of skillset you might need to be a member of the Royal Family.
Fully trained: Carole attended BA’s Cranebank centre in west London in 1976, and learned to cope with a whole host of emergencies, so could help daughter Kate when she goes into labour
‘I’m sure part of it has rubbed off on Kate.’
In a break with royal tradition, Kate, 31, has said she will not employ a maternity nurse after the birth. Instead, she will live with her parents for at least the first six weeks after leaving hospital.
Kate’s decision to stay at home with her parents following the birth means a future monarch will be starting life in a commoner’s home in Berkshire rather than in the splendour of a royal residence.
Kate says she ‘just feels safest and most secure’ with her family and believes that no one could be better placed to teach her about bringing up a baby than her mother, who has three children of her own.
She will particularly need her advice and moral support when Prince William returns to work as a helicopter pilot after taking his paternity leave.
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, recently bought a £4.85million Georgian manor in rural Berkshire with plenty of space for their first grandchild to run around.
Whilst Wills is away: Kate will particularly need her mother’s advice and moral support when Prince William returns to work as a helicopter pilot after taking his paternity leave
Proud grandparents-to-be: Michael and Carole Middleton, recently bought a £4.85million Georgian manor in rural Berkshire and Carole has apparently been busy redecorating ahead of the birth
A recent visitor said Carole, who is ‘over the moon’ at the prospect of being a grandmother, and has been busy overseeing the redecoration of the house – including the installation of a new kitchen and ‘nursery-style’ room.
‘Carole fully intends to be part of this baby’s life and Catherine, for her part, plans to spend a lot of time with her parents, especially while she is waiting for the new apartment to be completed,’ they said.
‘And surely it is no bad thing this little prince or princess is given a taste of life outside of the Royal Family?’
Break with tradition: Kate, 31, has said she will not employ a maternity nurse after the birth. Instead, she will live with her parents for at least the first six weeks after leaving hospital as that is where she feels most comfortable