Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed a healthy baby girl on Saturday, and they couldn’t have done it without a special team of doctors at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital. Like the birth of their first child, Prince George, in July 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge relied on a group of dedicated and talented doctors to help deliver.
The royal baby, who weighs 8 pounds, 3 ounces, was born at 8:34 a.m. GMT. Meet the doctors who brought the newborn into the world:
- Guy Thorpe-Beeston, an obstetrician, already has a history with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge because he was also present for the birth of their son Prince George. A graduate of Cambridge University, Thorpe-Beeston specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
- Alan Farthing was also on hand for Prince George’s birth in 2013. The doctor is well-known as the royal household’s gynecologist, a role he’s played since 2008. According to the New York Daily News, Farthing specializes in “laproscopic surgeries, fertility and the treatment of endometriosis and gynecological cancers.”
The UK Telegraph reports Thorpe-Beeston and Farthing worked with consultant neonatologist Dr. Sunit Godambe, as well as head of the medical household Professor Huw Thomas. Dr. Marcys Setchell, who helped deliver Prince George, did not come out of retirement to aid with the birth of the second royal baby.
Although Kate Middleton kept royal baby fans waiting past her due date, her labor was relatively easy and without incident. The announcement that the duchess was in labor came only a little more than two hours prior to the news of the delivery at 8:34. Amanda Cook Tucker, the longtime hairdresser for Kate Middleton, reportedly arrived a few hours later to help the duchess prep for her first appearance with her newborn daughter.