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TODAY   |  July 22, 2013

Official: Duchess’ labor ‘progressing as normal’

As a spokesman for the royal family reports that Duchess Catherine’s labor is “progressing as normal,” NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman discusses what the duchess will be experiencing over the next hours until the baby arrives.

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>> there as well. i was excited to get to you. as a doctor now, talk to us about what is the scene inside. she went into labor at 1:00 a.m . eastern time , her first child. take us through that a little bit.

>> well, obviously since kate middleton , the duchess is her first pregnancy, you expect the labor to go longer. how long? could be anywhere from 6 hours to 26, even 36 hours . it's likely that she started having labor pains overnight and then was driven to the hospital when she realized that the frequency was increasing and the time in between each contraction was decreasing. now how that is progressing in the hospital we're not sure. it is says that she wants a very modern, very natural delivery but for most women when you say natural that can also mean a epidural block to ease the pain of the last parts of pregnancy. that we're waiting to hear.

>> she had acute morning sickness . do we know anything else about precautions that would be taken in her particular case.

>> we know that she had the acute morning sickness . if you listen to follklore it could mean a girl. she required intensive treatment during her first trimester and seemed to float through the rest of her pregnancy and very intelligently went under the radar and went into hiding. the most important thing would be to treat her like everybody else . when things go wrong, i don't care where you are in the world, it's because you're treated like too much of a vip. so yes, she'll get vip handling for all the reasons we know but we want her to be treated like a normal first time mom, with normal first time pregnancy with labor and delivery and then a healthy baby. whether that's going to be vaginal delivery we are assuming. if it's going to be a cesarean section , they'll let us know.

>> and nancy, we all go through this when we have kids and families, whether there's anything you can do to accelerate labor. now that this has already happened and she is in labor nothing can be done at this point but to stand by and wait as she continues to go through it. there's nothing to accelerate this process?

>> no, there's nothing to accelerate it. i'm sure they have her walking up and down the hall. the one thing they have her -- she is not eating anything because in case of an emergency you don't want a mom to have any food in her stomach. she is a looed ice chips and walking up and down the hall. they're monitoring her to see where the baby's head is in the birth canal and that's through a normal pelvic examination. they're checking her contractions. she has a band around her belly not only to measure the length of the contractions but how often they're coming and when that baby's head is fully engaged and the cervix gets thinner and thinner and the doctors can tell by manual palpation where that head is then they'll tell her to push. but until that is, the most important thing she can do is stay active. there has been no indication that this shouldn't be a normal pregnancy and delivery. i can tell you the excitement out here is unbelievable and this is one story where although i'm a physician, i hope i'm not needed other than to say wow, isn't this great, and the whole world celebrates.

>> absolutely. dr. nancy snyderman there outside the hospital this morning.

>> giving us a little education on child birthing if we weren't familiar.