Publicist Dictates Birth Location

baby 21[Pop Bitch] Which supposedly down-to-earth celebrity didn’t really enjoy the experience of being in an NHS hospital to give birth?

She had to be dissuaded from upping sticks and relocating to the Portland by her publicist, who was keen to reinforce her client’s plebian credentials.

BG Notes: NHS = UK National Health Service. Upping sticks = picking up and moving. Plebian = common people.


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    • Nomad says

      The Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, where both princes William and George were born, is a posh, private facility.

      • gaelgirl says

        I’m guessing Zara Phillips has a publicist. She’s Royal, an athlete and married to a former professional athlete. Still, I don’t think this blind is about her. Would anybody think a literal princess has “plebeian credentials” in the first place? If so, that publicist should get a huge bonus! 😉

    • devoncarruthers says

      Depending on what time she gave birth and how her delivery went, that’s not unsurprising. I gave birth in an NHS hospital a week after Zara did and had I’d had a straight forward delivery, I would have gone home the next day. They don’t like to keep you in the hospital if you’re doing fine. I only spent 2 nights and would’ve gone home the day after giving birth but I had a forceps delivery and was on antibiotics.

  1. minicoop says

    Kate Winslet? Recently had a baby and I think is perceived as being pretty low key. I know NHS is what the health system is called in England, but could be called that elsewhere too.

  2. WaitLemmeGuess says

    Duchess Kate? The hospital she gave birth in his an NHS hospital. Tsk tsk, her husband was born there!

  3. TheEnglishTexan says

    Gonna guess Kate Middleton, who gave birth to Prince George at St. Mary’s in London, which is an NHS hospital and also the same hospital in which William and Harry were born. I could see a royal publicist finding the significance in that; the newest generation of royal babies with a common mother being born in the same place as the last generation of royal babies with a common mother.

    Although, you can’t really blame her for wanting to go to a private hospital. This was her baby, not something insignificant. More money can afford you the type of health care experience that a regular hospital just can’t provide. Naturally she’d want to be comfortable and feel safe in her doctor’s hands. That isn’t to say that she wouldn’t have been comfortable and safe anywhere else, but she was probably thinking more about her and her baby’s welfare when she wanted to relocate. The publicist was putting unnecessary stress on her by forcing her to stay at a hospital where she didn’t want to be, just to make a story that was already going to be headline news seem even more special and meaningful.

    • Fan says

      If it’s a royal baby, I’m sure she got the best of care at the NHS hospital. I don’t think a publicist dictates to members of the royal family, and I can’t imagine Kate putting up a fuss in the first place.

    • dexychik says

      Kate Middleton gave birth in the Lindo Wing, a very exclusive, PRIVATE obstetric ward that happens to be in an NHS hospital.

      My money’s on Kate Winslet. God, if I had the money, I’d much rather deliver at the Portland – it’s lovely there.

  4. kitten13 says

    Hmmmm, Mrs. Rocknroll Kate Winslet? I don’t know that she has such a rep for being down-to-earth, but maybe more so than most. Doesn’t seem such a part of her persona that she’d have to forego an American birth.

  5. Kerengende says

    This is a longshot but I’m wondering if this was Zara Phillips?
    The news always writes her up as being down-to-earth royal without a lot of the trappings, and they *did* make a lot of noise at her giving birth at an NHS hospital. In fact, she went to the hospital and was out in six hours – before Buckingham Palace even got to make the announcement.

  6. stolidog says

    um…lemme guess:

    ‘Kate had ‘Baby Boy Winslet’ on Saturday at an NHS Hospital,’ the spokeswoman said

    • stolidog says

      Ms. Ecclestone is the top of the pile in terms of ostentatious displays of wealth. She is to “plebian’ and “down to earth” as a gold plated maserati is to the family station wagon.

  7. LeahLynn28 says

    Kate Middleton?She’s not exactly a down-to-earth person,or she would have married a common man,not William,after stalking him for years.And she had her son in a NHS hospital…and Kate HAS to have a publicist…she married William,but now is stuck with his unemployed family and their fake photo ops for publicity.Even the queen has a publicist.
    Or Kate Winslet…seems to be down-to-earth.
    Or Zara Phillips…and i suppose the royal and non-royal women marry royal men to give birth in a private and expensive hospital,not in a public hospital for pubicity.

  8. NormaDesperate says

    since I’m pretty sure the royal family would never allow such an immediate heir to the throne to be born in a pedestrian NHS hospital, I’m going to go with Kate Winslet.

    haven’t posted in a while – glad to be back.

  9. wendy hood says

    Wouldn’t think this was someone of royal blood, because they have their medical treatments on lockdown at state of the art facilities with treatments us “plebians” will probably never be exposed to. If it was someone of royal blood, like the “We don’t want housekeepers” pair of Prince William and Kate, that would just be part of further softening the royals image, because people are waking up to what the 1% really is.

  10. maggiecate says

    Katherine Cambridge gave birth in the Private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, not the NHS part, so not her. Can’t see Zara thinking the middle of labour was a good time to hightail it up to the Portland in London when she gave birth in Gloucestershire! Kate Winslet would be my guess.

  11. blinded says

    Definitely ZARA… Kate had G at the Lindo Wing -so secret it’s a private pay facility

  12. jn88 says

    It’s not Kate Middleton. She gave birth in the Lindo Wing which is a private wing of an NHS hospital so that doesn’t fit.

    My guess is Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum. They had their baby in London. There baby is on the older side but they are said to be down to earth and it would make sense considering they are constantly trying to push him as a leading man. Where as Jenna took the backseat for awhile, maybe she was upset and not happy to be giving birth away from family.

    • Luzhin says

      Are Dewan/Tatum eligible for NHS? They are both American citizens. Selecting to give birth in the UK doesn’t necessarily qualify anyone for NHS. They probably had to pay out-of-pocket or with their insurance policy.

  13. Erin says

    It’s definitely not Kate Middleton; she was in a private wing. I’m going with Zara Phillips.

  14. devoncarruthers says

    FYI, this is NOT the Duchess of Cambridge. Yes, she gave birth at St Mary’s which is a NHS hospital but the Lindo Wing is a private facility. It charges up to £7000 for a delivery, not really inline with plebian credentials.

    Kate Winslet comes to mind. She gave birth at an NHS hospital in Sussex, as per the statement given at birth.

  15. Mutteroo says

    Kate Winslett gave birth at the NHS hospital the Royal Sussex County in Brighton, Sussex, England. Think the baby made a surprise delivery & didn’t give Kate time to head up to the Portland. Would I give birth at the RSCH Brighton? Yes, I did!
    It is NOT Kate Middleton as she gave birth in the private wing of an NHS hospital.

    First post, be gentle!

  16. LolaHaze says

    Kate Winslet. Down to earth perhaps a hint for heavenly creatures idk and the use of plebeian because of her new role in Divergent.