Royal Birth Was Painkiller-Free
No epidural for cool Kate
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 8:40 AM CDT
In this July 23, 2013 photo, Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose with the Prince of Cambridge outside St. Mary's Hospital in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – Things that probably helped Kate Middleton refuse painkillers during childbirth: the knowledge that her choice would ultimately be breathlessly reported in articles like this one. The Daily Mail reports that the duchess went the natural route during her 11 hours of labor, assisted by a rotating team of four midwives as well as three doctors (including the queen's gynecologist, who gave up booze to prep for the birth).

How big a feat was it? Might depend on the nationality of who you ask: A CDC report on 27 states found that 61% of US women had an epidural or spinal anesthesia in 2008; the Guardian reports that in 2007-2008, the epidural figure stood at just 33% for Brits.

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Aug 1, 2013 12:13 PM CDT
I gave birth without painkillers. Twice. Where's my big headline? But geez, if I have to endure one more story about the royal birth I WILL need painkillers!
Jul 30, 2013 2:47 AM CDT
she's very lucky. 'firsts' can be a 'royal pain'. ; )
Jul 30, 2013 1:22 AM CDT
Disappointed ! I waited and waited for a news report on the royal baby's first POOP. I mean, don't we need to know these things?