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The Portland Hospital, which is where Sarah Ferguson gave birth to Eugenie and where Meghan Markle had Archie, is a private maternity hospital with a luxury service that “doesn’t come cheap”. Maternity stays can cost between £6,760 and £500,000 but the average stay is around £20,000. Benefits of staying at The Portland Hospital include food on silver platters, hotel-standard fine dining, in-house photography, a luxury gift shop, luxury cots, high-end toiletries and an expensive goody bag when you leave.
The food is much better than what people usually expect in a hospital with “round the clock fine dining”, a hotel-standard kitchen and food delivered on silver platters.
On the medical side, it has a neonatal intensive care unit, which means they are well prepared if there are any complications.
New mothers can also choose which doctor will be attending to them, and can opt for a caesarean if they want one.
There is a large, experienced team of 50 midwives who are “always on hand” to answer questions and make sure things run smoothly for everyone.
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Princess Eugenie gave birth in a high-end private London hospital
Eugenie gave birth at The Portland Hospital, like Meghan and her mother
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MirrorOnline lifestyle editor Zoey Forsey told listeners what luxuries patients can expect if they stay at The Portland Hospital for Women on Great Portland Street in Westminster, London.
She said: “Portland offers a real luxury service but that doesn’t come cheap. It really doesn’t come cheap.
“A maternity stay can cost anywhere between £6,760 for the most basic deal but can go up to £500,000 if you have all the extras.
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank leaving The Portland Hospital
“But the average stay is around £20,000, which is still a huge amount.
“The hospital offers most consultant and midwife-led births and it’s the only private hospital with an on-site neonatal intensive care unit which means any new arrivals are in great hands if anything is to go wrong or there are any complications.
“So it’s really obvious to see why the couple decided to have their little boy there.”
She added: “One of the best added benefits of having your baby at The Portland is definitely the food.
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“There’s none of the horrible hospital grub which is unfortunately slightly infamous here in the UK and new mums who stay there get to enjoy some really nice meals which are prepared in a hotel-standard kitchen.
“It offers around the clock fine dining and there are a team of 13 really talented chefs who are there and ready to prepare any dish the mother happens to fancy.
“And to make things extra special all the food is delivered on silver platters.”
There is also an in-house photography company to take pictures of newborns and their parents. and a top-of-the-range gift shop featuring things like silver or bronze casts of your baby’s feet.
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There is also a nursery, so babies can be looked after by staff if their parents need a rest, and a computer tag on every baby so their location is known at all times.
Babies also enjoy luxury cots with options including a £3,500 Moses basket or four poster cot from Dragons of Walton Street.
Bathrooms are stocked with Molton Brown toiletries, a brand usually found in expensive hotels.
When families leave, they are given a goodybag that includes champagne for the parents and high-end toys for the little one.
Ms Forsey said: “Now, the Chief Executive says staying there is like having a holiday.
“I’m not sure how many new mums would agree with that statement generally in terms of having a baby but it definitely sounds like they have some fantastic facilities there which can make the experience very very nice.
“And the line on the website is that they hope mums can leave the hospital fit and well so they are ready to take on the challenges of motherhood.”
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