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Kate Middleton's delivery details: No, it was not normal.

Sep. 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM ET

Kate Middleton Childbirth Details Are Revealed
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Kate Middleton -- Kate Middleton Childbirth Details Are Revealed

From her effortless pregnancy style to her perfect hair a day after birthing the royal baby, Kate Middleton certainly makes having a baby look pretty easy. And now details are emerging that she was a natural at childbirth too -- opting not to have pain meds like an epidural during the delivery of her son Prince George.

The Daily Mail reports that Kate did not receive medication for labor pain, despite an 11-hour birth. Surprisingly, this is actually quite typical for birth in the United Kingdom: According to Babycentre UK, only 30 percent of women there opt for an epidural, compared to recent data from the CDC that shows 61 percent of American women who give birth to a single baby opt for one.

Other pain relief options commonly available to laboring moms in the UK include Entonox (known as gas & air, a mix of oxygen and laughing gas) and the tens machine, which give off little pulses of electrical energy to soothe aches, but there's no word on whether Kate took advantage of either of those.

While Kate’s decision to keep a stiff upper lip during labor was typical of birth in the UK, having an OB/GYN attend to her was not. Most women in England with typical pregnancies are cared for by midwives. Kate, on the other hand, was treated by royal gynocologist Marcus Setchell in addition to a team of four midwives, according to The Daily Mail.

Other tidbits: Kate’s hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker was on call for a month before the birth so Kate could be sure to leave the hospital looking well-coiffed. According to US Weekly magazine, Tucker also bought a selection of dresses to the hospital for Kate, who chose her light blue Jenny Packham to highlight her still swollen belly.

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A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.


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