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Princess Eugenie’s Labor Was Different From Other Royal Moms

Princess Eugenie gave birth to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank on February 9, which was wonderful news for the royal family. As with all Royal births, it was also lovely news for the general public. However, Princess Eugenie’s case is a little different from other royal moms, due to her medical history.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have a royal son

While August was born on February 9, his loving mother shared images of the whole family on February 20. Taken by the princess’s midwife, the photos were beautifully natural, revealing her post-baby bump. However, for Princess Eugenie, 30, it wasn’t a simple case of pregnancy and giving birth.

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brookbank with their new baby
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank with their new royal baby [Image @princesseugenie/Instagram]
When Eugenie was a child, she was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. She had corrective surgery at the age of 12. Surgeons inserted eight-inch titanium rods on either side of her spine. The surgery also involved one-and-a-half-inch screws at the top of the Princess’s neck.

Giving birth for Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie’s condition presented no problems in terms of childbirth. However, should she have chosen to have anesthetic administered during the labor and delivery, this could have been problematic.

Hello! Magazine quotes Dr. Rachel Spitzer, a general OB/GYN at Mount Sinai Hospital and associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto speaking on the subject. Dr. Spitzer explained that an epidural is one of the most common forms of pain management during labor. The epidural involves medication being inserted into a space in the patient’s spinal cord.

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brookbank with their new baby
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brookbank with their new royal baby [Image @princesseugenie/Instagram]
While an epidural is a routine procedure, it could have been problematic in the case of curvature of the spine. This curve could prevent the medication from properly circulating. The metal rods in Eugenie’s spine would also have complicated matters.

However, Dr. Spitzer did note that Eugenie’s X-ray reveals that the rods are closer to her neck than her waist. In this case, it may have been easier administering an epidural. However, reports have indicated that the princess had a Cesarean section birth. In this case, the royal mom may have received a time-limited spinal anesthetic, inserted in one shot, deep into the space on her spine.

Should Princess Eugenie have worked through the labor pain without help, Dr. Spitzer says having scoliosis, or surgery for it would have “negligible impact.” She further said that this also shouldn’t impact a mother’s ability to breastfeed or affect their “immediate postpartum course.”

Princess Eugenie and Jack’s baby boy

Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, introduced their baby to the world on February 20. Their baby’s name, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, carries a lot of family history, both royal and otherwise.

The tot was named by Princess Eugenie and Jack for his great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh and his “x5 grandfathers.” It turns out Queen Victoria’s husband and consort, Prince Albert, had the middle name, Augustus. On the other side of the family, the Rev. Edward Hawke Brooksbank is one of Jack’s ancestors.

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brookbank's new baby, August
Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brookbank’s new royal baby, August [Image @princesseugenie/Instagram]
Of interest to note, Princess Eugenie bears a scar on her back from her scoliosis operation. Her 2018 wedding dress was designed to show the scar. The princess has long spoken of her belief that scars are beautiful and show strength. The royal often encourages her followers on social media to share their scars with her in an effort to break the stigma.

Anne Sewell

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