Meghan Markle hires her own birthing partner as she prepares to welcome her first child

Meghan Markle is set to break royal protocol by hiring her own birthing partner to hold her hand as she welcomes her first child in April. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, who is around six months pregnant, has requested the company of a doula for her big day, according to US weekly.

‘Meghan is focused on calm and positive energy around the birth — she’s a big believer in that,’ the royal insider told the magazine. 

And it seems the mum-to-be’s week of royal engagements isn’t the only thing keeping her busy – as the doula has reportedly made several visits to Meghan at her home in Great Tew, Oxfordshire and at Kensington Palace already.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is though to be around six months pregnant, has reportedly hired a British doula to help coach and guide her as her due date in April fast approaches

The Duchess of Sussex, who is though to be around six months pregnant, has reportedly hired a British doula to help coach and guide her as her due date in April fast approaches

The Duchess of Sussex, who is though to be around six months pregnant, has reportedly hired a British doula to help coach and guide her as her due date in April fast approaches

The regular visits from the doula tops off a busy week for the Duchess of Sussex - who attended an engagement in her new role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in London on Thursday, January 31 (above) 

The regular visits from the doula tops off a busy week for the Duchess of Sussex - who attended an engagement in her new role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in London on Thursday, January 31 (above) 

The regular visits from the doula tops off a busy week for the Duchess of Sussex – who attended an engagement in her new role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in London on Thursday, January 31 (above) 

A royal insider reported that the specialist handholder is mother-of-three Lauren Mishcon (above), who if the rumours are true, will be at Meghan's bedside along with a regular midwife on the big day

A royal insider reported that the specialist handholder is mother-of-three Lauren Mishcon (above), who if the rumours are true, will be at Meghan's bedside along with a regular midwife on the big day

A royal insider reported that the specialist handholder is mother-of-three Lauren Mishcon (above), who if the rumours are true, will be at Meghan’s bedside along with a regular midwife on the big day

A doula is a non-medical professional who provides emotional support during and after a woman’s pregnancy. 

Meghan’s specialist handholder of choice is alleged to be Lauren Mishcon who, if the rumours are true, will be at her bedside along with a regular midwife for the much- anticipated arrival in April. 

Mother-of-three Lauren, 40, is married to Oliver Mishcon. His grandad headed the legal firm Mishcon de Reya, who were hired to look after Princess Diana’s split from Prince Charles in 1996.

And it’s been reported that Lauren has already set to work helping to coach Prince Harry on what to say to support his wife as she gives birth to their first child.

He ‘is doing everything he can to make sure Meghan’s comfortable and happy,’ the royal source said. 

Sending the rumour mill into overdrive, many members of Doula UK have been teasing of the possible news on their private forum.

Lauren is married to Oliver Mischon, whose grandad was head of legal firm Mishcon de Reya, who were hired to look after Princess Diana's split from Prince Charles in 1996 (above)

Lauren is married to Oliver Mischon, whose grandad was head of legal firm Mishcon de Reya, who were hired to look after Princess Diana's split from Prince Charles in 1996 (above)

Lauren is married to Oliver Mischon, whose grandad was head of legal firm Mishcon de Reya, who were hired to look after Princess Diana’s split from Prince Charles in 1996 (above)

Many members of Doula UK have been teasing of the possible news on their private forum. When asked if the gossip was true, Lauren penned: 'I'm busy in Spring. I could not possible say'

Many members of Doula UK have been teasing of the possible news on their private forum. When asked if the gossip was true, Lauren penned: 'I'm busy in Spring. I could not possible say'

Many members of Doula UK have been teasing of the possible news on their private forum. When asked if the gossip was true, Lauren penned: ‘I’m busy in Spring. I could not possible say’

When asked if the gossip was true, Lauren penned: ‘I’m busy in Spring. I could not possible say,’ followed by a wink emoji. 

And in a separate interview with the The Sun, she commented: ‘Well, I am obviously not at liberty to talk about who, or who might not, be my client.’

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‘So I can’t ­possibly . . . I wouldn’t be able to talk to you about anything.’

The other big topic in question is whether Meghan will welcome her newborn in the £6,000-a-night Lindo Wing at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, where Kate Middleton gave birth to her three children.

Apparently, staff at that hospital have been instructed not to take time off in April, the month Meghan is due. 

In the meantime, it’s work as normal for the Duchess of Sussex, who braved the chilly weather to visit Bristol for a joint official engagement with Price Harry on Friday.

She wrote empowering messages of support on bananas as she joined her husband on a visit to a sex worker charity.

The royal couple were making up food parcels to be handed out to female sex workers when the mum-to-be was keen to add her own personal touch.

Pregnant Meghan, 37, was seen preparing personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchen with volunteer Sue Creighton during a visit to One25, a charity which helps female sex workers in Bristol, on 1st February

Pregnant Meghan, 37, was seen preparing personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchen with volunteer Sue Creighton during a visit to One25, a charity which helps female sex workers in Bristol, on 1st February

Pregnant Meghan, 37, was seen preparing personalised messages on fruit in the charity kitchen with volunteer Sue Creighton during a visit to One25, a charity which helps female sex workers in Bristol, on 1st February

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The Duchess of Sussex also visited the National Theatre in London on 30th January - where she had been announced a patron earlier that month

The Duchess of Sussex also visited the National Theatre in London on 30th January - where she had been announced a patron earlier that month

The Duchess of Sussex also visited the National Theatre in London on 30th January – where she had been announced a patron earlier that month

 

   

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